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 precise 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 in deciphering the precise 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 lesson"The Necklace":
S.No
Word
Antonyms
1
Impatient Patient
2
SupposeCalculate
3
DeclareDeny
4
IrritatePlease
5
Weep Laugh
6
AdornUglify 
7
FrightenComfort
8
Economical Extravagant
9
HesitateAdvance
10
GrieveRejoice
11
DescendAscend
12
Wearily Energetically
13
DespairHope
14
Incessant Occasional
15
Delight Unhappiness
16
PovertyRichness
17
ExquisiteInferior
18
ElateDepress
19
InscribeErase
20
MurmurShout
21
ImpatientTolerant
22
Irritate Please
23
Stammer Continue
24
VexationPleasure
25
EconomicalExpensive
26
AnxiousCalm
27
ShabbyFresh
28
LendBorrow
29
DistressCalm
30
EcstaticSorrowful
31
CertainlyPossibly
 
Important!
To practise more antonyms, click here.