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

1. Derogatory

a) praising
b) distressing
c) disgusting
d) intruding
e) conferred

2. Descent

a) regulate
b) ascent
c) demote
d) appropriate
e) sink

3. Desecrate
a) consecrate
b) assimilate
c) desist
d) integrate
e) intense

4. Desolate

a) malnourished
b) inhabited
c) impoverished
d) abandon
e) ill will

5. Desperate

a) diabolic
b) forsake
c) forlorn
d) hopeful
e) disinterested

6. Despicable

a) captivated
b) disgusting
c) diametric
d) adorable
e) connive

7. Destitute

a) affluent
b) impoverished
c) famished
d) worthless
e) sufficient

8. Desultory

a) persistent
b) impertinent
c) persevering
d) pertinent
e) frequent

9. Devious

a) abnormal
b) indirect
c) direct
d) subtle
e) circuitous

10. Devout

a) saintly
b) irreverent
c) blasphemous
d) agnostic
e) holy

11. Diabolical

a) red
b) lavish
c) seraphic
d) azure
e) mischievous

12. Diffident

a) impertinent
b) confident
c) lacking self esteem
d) prudent
e) assured

13. Dilate

a) expand
b) sparkle
c) discourse
d) swell
e) constrict

14. Diligent

a) alert
b) narrow
c) attentive
d) sedulous
e) drowsy

15. Disconsolate

a) depressed
b) dashing
c) delighted
d) dabble
e) distressed

16. Discrepancy

a) inconsistency
b) vagary
c) inappropriate
d) variance
e) consistency

17. Disdain

a) attitude
b) disgust
c) admiration
d) zeal
e) honesty

18. Disheveled

a) exasperated
b) clumsy
c) unkempt
d) long
e) tidy

19. Disingenuous

a) uncomfortable
b) sophisticated
c) trained
d) experienced
e) sincere

20. Dismal

a) remarkable
b) dislocated
c) reserved
d) puzzled
e) trivial

21. Dismay

a) hearten
b) mitigate
c) soothe
d) intimidate
e) mystify

22. Dispel

a) agonize
b) gather
c) dissipate
d) refract
e) scatter

23. Disposition

a) temperament
b) watchfulness
c) inclination
d) unwillingness
e) sparking

24. Dissipate

a) disappear
b) unite
c) dispel
d) vanish
e) contemplate

25. Disburse

a) collect
b) distinguish
c) pay out
d) discard
e) gather


1. praising

2. ascent

3. consecrate

4. inhabited

5. hopeful

6. adorable

7. affluent

8. pertinent

9. direct

10. irreverent

11. seraphic

12. confident

13. constrict

14. drowsy

15. delighted

16. consistency

17. admiration

18. tidy

19. sincere

20. remarkable

21. hearten

22. gather

23. unwillingness

24. unite

25. pay out