Antonyms 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. Gainsay

a) refute
b) naysay
c) earn
d) profit
e) agree

2. Gamut

a) array
b) the whole range
c) partial
d) extent
e) breadth

3. Garrulous

a) taciturn
b) voluble
c) talkative
d) incredible
e) despicable

4. Germane

a) of interest
b) to the point
c) German
d) relevant
e) irrelevant

5. glimmer

a) glisten
b) flicker
c) pale
d) shimmer
e) none of these

6. Gossamer

a) ethereal
b) diaphanous
c) sheer
d) robust
e) delicate

7. Grandiloquent

a) pompous
b) verbose
c) splendid
d) grand
e) straightforward

8. Gregarious

a) sociable
b) convivial
c) expressive
d) outgoing
e) shy

9. Guile

a) astuteness
b) frankness
c) deceit
d) deviousness
e) wiliness

10. Gullible

a) credulous
b) naïve
c) susceptible
d) intelligent
e) smart

11. Halcyon

a) heavenly
b) still
c) turbulent
d) gay
e) hearty

12. Harangue

a) berate
b) tirade
c) praise
d) remove
e) regret

13. Heinous

a) appalling
b) outrageous
c) vulnerable
d) odious
e) admirable

14. Heresy

a) ceremonial
b) profanation
c) sacrilege
d) consent
e) none of these

15. Heterogeneous

a) similar
b) diverse
c) assorted
d) different
e) distinctive


1. agree

2. partial

3. talkative

4. irrelevant

5. pale

6. robust

7. straightforward

8. shy

9. frankness

10. smart

11. turbulent

12. praise

13. admirable

14. consent

15. similar