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Simple way of solving antonyms question and answer with tips

In this session, you will learn more about ‘antonyms verbal aptitude’. This is one of the important topics in verbal aptitude. In this article you will know more about antonyms, their types and also some easy tricks to solve these questions.

What are antonyms?

Antonym is word that is opposite to the meaning of the given word. The  word ‘antonym’ was derived from the greek word ‘anti’ which means opposite and ‘onym’ which means name. So the actual meaning of antonym is ‘opposite name’.

Types of antonyms

There are three types of antonyms. They are as follows.

  1. Gradable antonyms
  2. Complementary antonyms
  3. Converse or relational antonyms

Gradable antonyms:  they do not represent an either-or relation but rather a more-less relation. For example hot and cold

Complementary antonyms: Complementary antonyms are another subtype of antonymy in which  if you are one, you cannot be the other; these are ‘absolute’ opposites. That is, if you are dead, you cannot also be alive; if you are asleep, you are not awake.

Converse or relational antonyms: Converses are sometimes called relational opposites. They all express relationships between two or more people or things. For example, I sold a car and that was bought by John. in this sentence both sold and bought are opposites but they represent the same transaction.

Why is learning antonyms important?

Antonyms are very important to learn because they are used in our day to day life. They are very much used in our communication circles. Antonyms are also used in writing of literary works and thesis or theories.

Examples of antonyms

Below are a few examples of antonyms

Ancient – Modern

Individual- group

Arrogant- humble

Single – married

Honor – shame

These are some examples of antonyms. With the help of the given explanations and examples try to solve the verbal aptitude questions on antonyms given in our website.

There are multiple choice questions along with their answers which will help you to practice for your exams. Take up the test and help yourself to improve your ability.