50 Difficult Antonyms

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1. Abundant – Scarce

Abundant: Available in Large Quantities 
Scarce: Present in insufficient quantity   

The town has an abundant supply of cheap labour.
Food supply was scarce during the world war.

2. Artificial – Natural

Artificial: Produced by human beings instead of occurring naturally
Natural: Not made by humankind, derived from nature

The zoo authorities are planning to construct an artificial lake in the premises.
With the increasing climate change, we will be facing scarcity in natural resources.

3. Bold – Timid 

Bold: Willingness to take risk, courageous 
Timid: Easily frightened

She was bold enough to raise her voice for her rights.
The boy always felt timid and shy with strangers.

4. Intrepid – Cowardly 

Intrepid: Fearless 
Cowardly: Lacking courage 

Aman’s intrepid personality makes him the right fit for a good team leader.
He always knew that running away from home was a cowardly thing to do. 

5. Grumpy – Amiable

Grumpy: Irritable and bad-tempered
Amiable: Friendly with pleasant manners 

I feel grumpy when there are too many people around me.
The village locals are sprightly and amiable.

6. Castigate – Praise 

Castigate: Expression of disapproval, Reprimand
Praise: Express great approval or admiration 

His grandmother castigated his behaviour towards his parents.
The president praised the valour of the young soldier.

7. Affable – Unfriendly

Affable: Friendly, lovable, good to talk
Unfriendly: Not friendly

He is an affable fellow, always willing to stop and talk.
I find him aloof and unfriendly.

8. Tranquil – Excitable

Tranquil: Calm
Excitable: Easily excited 

Meditation always helps me feel tranquil and happy.
She is usually the one to calm her excitable partner. 

9. Acme – Nadir

Acme: Something at its best, at the top
Nadir: The lowest or the least point in the situation 

The next century brought the empire to its acme of excellence and fame.
The fall of the tower forecasted the nadir of his reign.

10. Boundless – Limited

Boundless: Unlimited or Immense
Limited: Confined or Restricted

Her boundless ambition ignited the fire of perseverance in her.
His magic is only limited to the immortal world.

Apart from the aforementioned with examples, take a look at some more prominent antonyms given below:

11. Fiendish – Tenderhearted

Fiendish: Extremely cruel, unpleasant, evil
Tenderhearted: Compassionate, Kind, Sympathetic

12. Bashful – Bold 

Bashful: Reluctant to draw attention to oneself, shy
Bold: Confident, Courageous, Take risks

13. Ephemeral- Longlived 

Ephemeral: Lasting for a very short period of time 
Longlived: Having an existence for longer duration

14. Compress – Enlarge 

Compress: Squeeze, Flatten or press
Enlarge: More extensive, Larger

15. Debilitate – Strengthen 

Debilitate: To weaken someone, infirm
Strengthen: Make or become stronger

16. Concise – Lengthy 

Concise: Giving ample information in few words 
Lengthy: Considerable or usual length

17. Detrimental – Beneficial 

Detrimental: Tending to cause harm 
Beneficial: Favourable, advantageous, good  

18. Adulation – Criticism 

Adulation: Excessive admiration or praise
Criticism:  Expression of disapproval of someone or something

19. Inception – Conclusion 

Inception: Beginning of something new
Conclusion:  The finishing or end of an event or process

20. Eccentric – Ordinary 

Eccentric: A person with or unusual behaviour
Ordinary: Normal with no special distinct features 

While going through these interesting antonyms, you must also check out: 50 Common Difficult Idioms with Examples

21. Authentic – Fake

Authentic: Genuine, of undisputed origin
Fake: Not genuine or imitation

22. Emancipate – Enslave 

Emancipate: Set free, liberate
Enslave: To make some slave, to capture them

23. Bewitch – Repel

Bewitch: Enchant or delight someone, being fond of someone
Repel: Force something back or away  

24. Precarious – Safe 

Precarious: Not getting a secure hold of the position or likely to fall
Safe: Not exposed to danger

25. Aversion- Liking/Inclination 

Aversion: Hatred or harsh feelings towards someone or something
Liking/Inclination: Being fond of something or someone

26. Fallacious – True  

Fallacious:  Untrue, false or based mistaken beliefs 
True: Accurate of exact

27. Avarice – Generosity 

Avarice: Extreme greed for wealth
Generosity: The quality of being kind and plentiful

28. Knavish -Virtuous 

Knavish: Dishonest
Virtuos: Having or showing high moral standards

29. Dwindle – Flourish 

Dwindle: Diminish gradually in size or amount
Flourish: Grow and develop in a healthy rigorous way 

30. Colossal – Tiny

Colossal: Extremely large or huge
Tiny: Very small

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31. Decimate – Construct 

Decimate: Destroy, kill or remove
Construct: Build or make something typically building or road

32. Jabber- Quiet

Jabber: Talk rapidly, chatter
Quiet: Making little or no noise

33. Foster – Suppress 

Foster: Something desirable
Suppress: Forcibly our something to end 

34. Yearn – Loathe

Yearn: Have an intense feeling of longing for someone or something
Loathe: Feeling intense dislike or disgust 

35. Frugal – Extravagant 

Frugal: Sparing or economical 
Extravagant: Spending money or resources recklessly

36. Mitigate- Intensify 

Mitigate: To turn something bad into less severe or painful
Intensify: Become or make more intense

37. Perennial – Occasional 

Perennial: Lasting for an infinite period of time
Occasional: Occurring or done in irregular intervals of time

38. Obstinate – Amenable

Obstinate: Stubborn in one’s opinion
Amenable: Lovable or Friendly
 
39. Agile – Clumsy/Stiff

Agile: Able to move quickly or easily
Clumsy/Stiff: Not easily bend or change in shape

40. Clemency- Ruthlessness

Clemency: Mercy or lenience
Ruthlessness: Lack of pity or compassion for others 

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41. Vendetta- Harmony

Vendetta: A prolonged bitter quarrel 
Harmony: Pleasant 

42. Adept – Amateur

Adept: Very skilled or proficient 
Amateur: Someone who is incompetent or inept for a particular activity

43. Sanguine – Pessimistic

Sanguine: Optimistic or positive in difficult condition
Pessimistic: Believing that only worst will come out of the situation

44. Palatable – Tasteless

Palatable: Pleasant to taste or tasty
Tasteless: Lacking in flavour or taste

45. Arduous – Effortless

Arduous: Requiring strenuous efforts 
Effortless: Requiring no mental or physical exertion

46. Circumscribed – Boundless 

Circumscribed: Restrict something within limits
Boundless: Having no boundaries, unlimited

47. Sedentary – Active
Sedentary: An inactive person 
Active: Ready to engage in physically energetic activities

48. Relish – Apathy

Relish: Great enjoyment
Apathy: Lack of interest or enthusiasm

49. Dearth – Abundance 

Dearth: Scarcity or lack of something
Abundance: Present in an excessive amount

50. Jeopardy – Safety

Jeopardy: Danger of loss, failure or harm  
Safety: The condition of being protected or unlikely to cause danger

Thus, we hope that this blog about 50 difficult antonyms have helped you gain a better hold of some prominent words in the English vocabulary. If you are gearing up for a competitive exam such as IELTS, GRE, GMAT, SAT, etc., reach out to our Leverage Edu experts and we will equip you with the necessary preparation materials and tips and tricks through online tutorials, live sessions and mentorship to help you ace your exam with flying colours!

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