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Antonyms are words that have the exact opposite meaning of another word.
Example:
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Antonyms derive its name from the word "anti" meaning "opposite" and "onym" meaning "name".
Antonyms are important because it helps to understand the exact meaning of the word given. To understand the meaning of a word, we can also take a look at the antonym or the opposite word. It helps us to find the exact meaning from diverse meanings, from the opposite point of view.
Important!
It may be interesting to note that most dictionaries present the meaning, synonyms and antonyms of words for a clear understanding.
Example:
Let us take up the case of the word "beautiful".
  • The dictionary meaning is "pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically". Synonyms are "lovely, pretty, good-looking" and the antonym is "ugly".
  • The antonym expresses the opposite meaning and it is precise. It helps to understand the word "beautiful" from a reverse perspective also.
Important!
Click here for an extensive list of antonyms.
Antonyms of words from the poem "From the Diary of Anne Frank":
S. No.
Words
Antonyms
1.
StrangeUsual
2.
Depressed Cheerful
3.
DifferenceSimilarity
4.
Grandly Simply
5.
ListlessEnergetic
6.
ImaginationReality
7.
Until After
8.
EmigrateImmigrate
9.
Heartbreaking Heartwarming
10.
IllWell
11.
EventuallyAt present time
12.
WithinOutside
13.
ExtendShorten
14.
Gain Lose
15.
BetrayUndeceive
16.
ReturnLeave
17.
UniqueNormal/Usual
18.
SeveralOne
19.
MatureImmature
20.
InsightfulUnintelligent
21.
Renowned Infamous
22.
VictimCulprit
23.
QuakeSteady
24.
SillySerious/Sensible
25.
SavingsExpenditure
26.
PleadSuggest
27.
OutburstCalm/Peace
28.
UnpredictableCertain
29.
AnnoyPlease
30.
QuietNoisy
31.
FinishStart
32.
ConvincingUnpersuasive
33.
ControlPowerlessness
34.
SatisfyDissatisfy
35.
BelieveDistrust
36.
Incorrigible Reformable
37.
ProceedStop
38.
PunishmentAward
39.
IngenuityStupidity
40.
RidiculousSerious
41.
ContrarySimilar
Important!
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