Antonyms exercise

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

1. Maudlin

a) unemotional
b) tearful
c) affectionate
d) foolish
e) sentimental
2. Mawkish

a) maudlin
b) optimistic
c) self-pitying
d) pessimistic
e) showing no emotion

3. Mellifluous

a) sweet
b) harsh
c) smooth
d) fluent
e) ordinary

4. Mendacious

a) kind
b) honest
c) generous
d) betraying
e) miserly

5. Mendicant

a) affluent
b) aristocratic
c) beggar
d) despotic
e) none of these

6. Meretricious

a) genuine
b) valuable
c) captivating
d) sophisticated
e) superficially attractive

7. Mesmerize

a) captivate
b) tantalize
c) infatuate
d) bore
e) mystify

8. Meticulous

a) thorough
b) careless
c) scrupulous
d) pedantic
e) fastidious

9. Mettle

a) courage
b) nerve
c) pluck
d) vigor
e) cowardly

10. Mettlesome

a) audacious
b) cowardly
c) strong
d) gutsy
e) meddlesome

11. Microcosm

a) universe
b) atomic
c) celestial
d) macrocosm
e) none of these

12. Mischievous

a) naughty
b) impish
c) rogue
d) wicked
e) well-behaved

13. Miscreant

a) hero
b) protagonist
c) villain
d) offender
e) none of these

14. Moderation

a) indulgence
b) excess
c) abstinence
d) temperance
e) none of these

15. Modicum

a) great amount
b) big
c) small amount
d) structure
e) none of these

16. Mollify

a) enrage
b) soothe
c) pacify
d) modify
e) manage


1. unemotional
2. showing no emotion
3. harsh
4. honest
5. affluent
6. genuine
7. bore
8. careless
9. cowardly
10. cowardly
11. macrocosm
12. well-behaved
13. hero
14. excess
15. great amount
16. enrage