English Vocabulary Exercise

Against each key word are given five suggested meanings. Choose the word or phrase which is opposite in meaning to the key word.

1. Esteem

a) respect b) status c) disdain d) mighty e) revere

 2. Eternal

a) permanent b) perpetual c) transitory d) immortal e) celestial

 3. Eulogistic

a) lovable b) admirable c) adore d) critical e) free

 4. Euphonious

a) stingy b) stringent c) strident d) lethargic e) novice

 5. Evitable

a) unavoidable b) potable c) imminent d) immortal e) angelic

 6. Exalt

a) demote b) ennoble c) glorify d) extol e) pacify

 7. Exasperate

a) disturb b) annoy c) please d) confuse e) threaten

 8. Exculpate

a) acquit b) guilty c) accuse d) accumulate e) prevent

 9. Execrable

a) mundane b) excellent c) foolhardy d) physical e) philosophical

 10. Exhilarate

a) enlighten b) please c) gladden d) depress e) rejuvenate

 11. Exhume

a) decipher b) dig c) integrate d) inter e) admit

 12. Exonerate

a) distress b) distinguish c) blame d) disburden e) dislocate

 13. Expedient

a) advantageous b) disadvantageous c) courteous d) palpable e) culpable

14. Extemporaneous

a) without any preparation b) spontaneous c) rehearsed d) unmanly e) humiliating

15. Extol

a) praise b) eulogize c) disgrace d) celebrate e) erect

16. Extrinsic

a) acquired b) practical c) inherent d) ambitious e) ingenious

 17. Fable

a) story b) legend c) myth d) truth e) fabricate


1. disdain

 2. transitory

 3. critical

 4. strident

 5. unavoidable

 6. demote

 7. please

 8. accuse

 9. excellent

 10. depress

 11. inter

 12. blame

 13. disadvantageous

 14. rehearsed

 15. disgrace

 16. inherent

 17. truth