Verbal ability test – antonyms

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

1. Distend

a) expand
b) shrink
c) develop
d) adjust
e) create

2. Distinguish

a) suppress
b) confuse
c) segregate
d) surrogate
e) recognize differences

3. Distrait

a) careless
b) indifferent
c) apathetic
d) attentive
e) absent-minded

4. Divergence

a) convergence
b) unification
c) refraction
d) appropriation
e) none of these

5. Divine

a) heavenly
b) godly
c) mundane
d) celestial
e) mortal

6. Docile

a) Dormant
b) negative
c) unmanageable
d) submissive
e) pious

7. Dormant

a) latent
b) awake
c) inherent
d) innate
e) confuse

8. Dowdy

a) unsophisticated
b) ugly
c) not stylish
d) fashionable
e) arrogant

9. Dread

a) pleasing
b) frightening
c) horrible
d) welcome
e) worrying

10. Dreary

a) dull
b) moody
c) monotonous
d) cheerful
e) cloudy

11. Droll

a) insignificant
b) trivial
c) witty
d) deadly
e) serious

12. Drowsy

a) sleepy
b) lethargic
c) supreme
d) famous
e) active

13. Duplicity

a) disgusting
b) awkward
c) deceit
d) straightforwardness
e) dreadful

14. Dusky

a) dark
b) beautiful
c) cloudy
d) shadowy
e) fair

15. Dwarf

a) rustic
b) giant
c) pygmy
d) rogue
e) ugly


1. shrink

2. confuse

3. attentive

4. convergence

5. mundane

6. unmanageable

7. awake

8. fashionable

9. welcome

10. cheerful

11. serious

12. active

13. straightforward

14. fair

15. giant