English Words Synonyms & Antonyms For Preparing Exam 22 Sept 2017
1. PENANCE (NOUN): repentance
Synonyms: retribution, penitence
Antonyms: happiness, joy
The man gave away all of his money to charity as penance for his greed.
2. INFILTRATE (VERB): penetrate
Synonyms: permeate, percolate
Antonyms: evaporate, dry
Cold air would infiltrate the foyer due to a draft caused by a space under the front door.
3. STRENOUS (ADJECTIVE): arduous
Synonyms: demanding, exhausting
Antonyms: easy, facile
Writing thousands of sentences is a very strenuous task.
4. REPRIEVE (NOUN): relief of blame
Synonyms: abatement, clemency
Antonyms: charge, punish
To everyone’s surprise, the convict received a reprieve from the governor of his state.
5. HAUNT (VERB): annoy
Synonyms: appall, terrify
Antonyms: comfort, settle
She started haunting me in the middle of nowhere.
6. CURT (ADJECTIVE): succinct
Synonyms: brusque, concise
Antonyms: lengthy, long winded
She made a curt statement in the meeting.
7. LIVENING (VERB): enliven
Synonyms: bring to life, excite
Antonyms: stop, dead
Things really started livening up at about 11pm.
8. INSISTENT (ADJECTIVE): demanding
Synonyms: emphatic, exemplify
Antonyms: insignificant, unimportant
His insistent nature would cost him fatal retribution someday.
9. BROOD (VERB): agonize over
Synonyms: grieve, sulk
Antonyms: neglect, ignore
He was brooding over such a trivial issue.
10. AVANT GARDE (ADJECTIVE): unconventional
Synonyms: liberal, progressive
Antonyms: conservative, conventional
When the designer introduced his avant-garde fashion line made out of yarn, he puzzled quite a few critics.