Antonyms are words that have the exact opposite meaning of another word.
Antonyms derive their name from the word "anti", meaning "opposite" and "onym", meaning "name".
Antonyms are essential because it helps to understand the exact meaning of the word given. To understand the meaning of a word, we can also look at the antonym or the opposite word. It helps us find the exact meaning from diverse meanings, from the opposite point of view.
It may be interesting to note that most dictionaries present the meaning, synonyms and antonyms of words for a clear understanding.
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 also helps to understand the word "beautiful" from a reverse perspective.
Antonyms of words from the lesson "The Attic":
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