Can You Pick the Antonyms of These Words?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

Can You Pick the Antonyms of These Words?
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About This Quiz

Life would be boring without challenges, and we're certain that this antonym quiz will force you to climb the wordy equivalent of Mt. Everest. Whether you are a true word nerd or you just want to see where you stand, challenging your brain with this quiz will let you know where you stand on the scale of wordiness. Carefully choose the antonyms to the words we give you, and you'll end up with the bragging rights you deserve. 

You may have never considered the importance of antonyms in our language, but imagine how boring food would sound if it could only be described as good or bad. A properly placed synonym or antonym can spice up any sentence or situation. As we go through this quiz, we want you to focus on the word that means the opposite of the word we ask you about. 

When you read our question, think long and hard about the options we give you. In order to prove your vocabulary prowess, carefully choose the word that is the antonym of the word in the question. Once you've finished, we'll let you know how you did. It's up to you to show your friends. Are you ready?

You have the advantage! Or do you? What word does not mean advantage?
Favor
Obstruction
When you have an advantage, you have the edge and the odd are in your favor. If you are at a disadvantage, you might be facing some sort of obstruction.
Edge
Leverage

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No one likes cruel people! What is preferred instead?
Vicious
Ruthless
Compassionate
Acts of cruelty are far from compassionate. While being cruel is cold-blooded, being compassionate makes you a warm and caring human being.
Tyrannical

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Most of the time you are pleasant. What are you the rest of the time?
Nice
Lovely
Cheerful
Disagreeable
If you find that a meal is disagreeable to your stomach, the chances are high that you do not find the experience pleasant. Pleasant meals are the type we praise for being lovely.

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If you are not pompous, what are you?
Humble
Everyone knows someone who is so pompous it is hard to be around them. It's much more pleasant to be in the company of humble people.
Grandiose
Boastful
Pretentious

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Some people love flashy cars! What do others prefer?
Garish
Showy
Nondescript
Who wants to drive a nondescript car when you can drive something snazzy? Although flashy cars are not for everyone, everyone has something they like to show off in garish style.
Snazzy

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Ambition gets you everywhere. Which word gets you nowhere?
Apathy
If you are feeling any sort of apathy toward a task, your ambition has left the building. When you are ambitious, you are full of passion, drive and aspiration.
Drive
Passion
Aspiration

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The holidays make a lot of people happy. Which word describes those who say "bah humbug?"
Miserable
Although we cannot be happy all the time, it's important not to feel miserable. There's always something to be joyful or gleeful about.
Gleeful
Joyful
Ecstatic

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Having class is in right now! What's the opposite of class?
Dignified
Chic
Unstylish
If you are lacking class, you are considered unstylish. Try to remain dignified in all your interactions, and you'll be seen as the chicest kid on the block.
Fashionable

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Few diamonds have flaws. What do they possess instead?
Blemish
Perfection
If there are no bugs or defects in the system, things run without a flaw. Some might describe it as perfection, but we call it blemish-free.
Bug
Defect

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Growth is a good thing! It means that there's a lot of what taking place?
Expansion
When a company is experience a growth period, it is often full of expansion. If it is expanding, it is not decreasing, declining or experiencing loss.
Loss
Decline
Decrease

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There are many links in a chain. What is the opposite of link?
Association
Joint
Tie
Line
A chain is formed from many links, but a line is different from a set of joints or ties. A line is a whole, link is a chain of associations.

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We dream of living on a remote island. Which word does not mean remote?
Close
We often daydream about life on a remote island, but they are not close enough easily access. They are too distant, far away or isolated to reach.
Distant
Faraway
Isolated

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You should be cautious when driving. What should you not be?
Discreet
Careless
It's only natural to be wary and cautious of new situations. Very few people can carelessly approach something new without fear or discretion.
Wary
Circumspect

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Getting enough sleep can give you a real boost. What is the opposite of boost?
Foster
Advance
Lessen
When you want to boost someone's ego to give them a lift, try not to lessen their accomplishments. Fostering their achievements will win you more friends.
Lift

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You are important! What are you not?
Insignificant
While candy bars are not necessarily important, they are not insignificant. In fact, some of us consider them to be a crucial and important part of our snacking routines.
Vital
Crucial
Paramount

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Bricks are heavy. What is the opposite of heavy?
Excessive
Slight
Massively hefty objects carry a lot of heavy weight. Feathers are slight in comparison.
Massive
Hefty

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We get listless at the end of our work day. What is the antonym of listless?
Restless
Passive
Animated
If you are feeling listless, try to get a little more animated. Being passive and lukewarm will not get the job done.
Lukewarm

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Text is an effective form of communication. What does not mean effective?
Competent
Valid
Inadequate
When your team is seeing effective results, you are surrounded by competent peers. When things are going awry, you might want to look for the inadequate link.
Practical

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Going on vacation is exciting! Which word does not mean exciting?
Thrilling
Appealing
Unmoving
If you see a play and you find yourself feeling unmoved, you might find a movie more appealing. While some people find the theatre exciting, others find movies more stimulating.
Stimulating

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Injustice can make you livid. What is the opposite of livid?
Cheerful
While the seasons finale of your favorite show might leave you feeling gloomy and livid, next year's premier will leave you feeling quite cheerful. Try not to be angry until you find out what happens to your favorite characters.
Gloomy
Angry
Uncomfortable

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There's no better feeling than a complete project. Which word does not mean complete?
Whole
Full
Unfinished
You might be able to deal with leaving unfinished work on your desk, but your boss might appreciate something a little more complete. Make sure to turn in your entire project before you log out for the weekend.
Entire

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You are a true original! That's a fact. What are you not?
Unique
First
Prime
Derivative
It might cost a fortune to purchase an original Picasso, but you can purchase many derivative paintings at much lower prices. It would be nice to own the first copy, though.

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Everyone's ideas deserve a little attention. Which word is not an antonym of attention?
Disregard
Indifference
Consideration
When you are giving children your full attention, you are taking their words into consideration. Children thrive on being regarded and appreciated.
Ignorance

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Halloween costumes are delightfully strange! How do they make our every day clothes look?
Commonplace
During October, people are more aware of strange and unusual things that go bump in the night. During every other month, they are quite commonplace.
Odd
Unusual
Uncommon

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You must adhere to the rules! Which word does not mean adhere?
Disobey
Very few people can adhere or comply with all the rules of the road. Even the most cautious of drivers sometimes disobey the law.
Stick
Heed
Comply

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Deep-fried Snickers bars are special! Which word does not describe them?
Limited
Different
Exceptional
Conventional
We all know those people who are so different that they are exceptionally special. They tend to stray from the conventional path.

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We meditate to find clarity. How are thing when they are not clear?
Lucidity
Murkiness
If you can look through the murkiness, you will find clarity in any situation. Then, you'll see things with the bright precision you need to get the job done.
Brightness
Precision

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Let's close this account! What is the antonym of closed?
Unsettled
Leaving things unsettled leaves the door open. When matters have been closed, they have been sealed and locked away.
Locked
Sealed
Complete

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Many civilizations are ancient. We're not! Which word is the opposite of ancient?
Venerable
Archaic
Timeworn
Modern
There's nothing like finding a timeworn treasure at an antique store. Even those who love more modern things can find a treat amongst the ancient relics of our time.

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Do you have a word addiction? We do! Which word does not mean addiction?
Vice
Aversion
True word nerds consider language their addiction. Not many afflicted with the dependence on words have an aversion to learning.
Fixation
Dependence

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Coffeeshops are hospitable places. Everyone is nice there. What is the opposite of hospitable?
Welcoming
Unsocial
It's always a good feeling to walk into a hospitable room. There's nothing like feeling welcome, and it is far superior to unsocial environments.
Friendly
Accommodating

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Let's rise to the challenge! Which word is not the antonym of rise?
Stagnate
Ascend
When leaders rise to power, they ascend. They do not stagnate and decrease in popularity.
Sink
Decrease

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Protect your back, and lift with your knees! What is the antonym of endanger.
Preserve
Cushion
Insulate
Endanger
If you are protecting your future, you are cushioning and insulating your tomorrow. You wouldn't want to endanger your plans by not looking after them.

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You have a lot of spirit! We love it. Which word does not describe you?
Energy
Lethargy
We are happy you are approaching this quiz with such spirit and enthusiasm. Your refusal to give into lethargy is very impressive!
Enthusiasm
Vigor

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It's only natural to hit a snag. Which word does not mean the same as snag?
Advantage
When walking down the road of life, it's only natural to hit a few snags and hurdles. It's tricky to turn them into advantages, but you can do it.
Hinderance
Hurdle
Impediment

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