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Antonyms solved Practice Set 16


1. Vigour and excitement are the prime characteristics of youth.
A) adolescence      B) childhood
C) teenage      D) senility

2. His arrogant behavior made him unsuccessful in his trade.
A) humble      B) flattering
C) pleasant      D) polite

3. The minister is optimistic about the new project just launched.
A) stoical      B) dubious
C) pessimistic      D) cynical

4. He felt gratified to the old man for his help.
A) distressed      B) frustrated
C) discouraged      D) depressed

5. That was an exquisite piece of art which won the admiration of one and all.
A) ugly      B) old
C) expensive       D) cheap

6. The doctor advised us to give him wholesome nutrition.
A) stupendous      B) sickly
C) depressing      D) fragmentary

7. Her vivacity attracted everybody.
A) beauty      B) apathy
C) humour      D) truthfulness

8. He is a very timid person.
A) outgoing      B) dashing
C) bold      D) chivalrous

9. Always avoid late-night jobs.
A) pursue     B) inspire
C) take      D) compel

10. Machine-civilisation has made human life artificial.
A) true      B) genuine
C) authentic      D) natural

11. Religion teaches us not to run after the transient pleasures of the world.
A) permanent      B) sinful
C) unnatural      D) joyful

12. All his neighbours are aware of his acrimonious nature.
A) charitable     B) cooperative
C) informal      D) sympathetic

13. The king consolidated the empire into a powerful nation.
A) isolated      B) divided
C) weakened      D) fragmented

14. Only an agile person can be a successful sportsman.
A) feeble      B) brisk
C) emaciated      D) sluggish

15. Such lofty dreams can never come true.
A) humble       B) insignificant
C) puny      D) casual


1. D 2. A 3. C 4. B 5. A 6. B 7. B 8. C 9. A 10. D
11. A 12. B 13. C 14. D 15. A          

Solution with explanation

1. Option ‘D’ (senility). SENILITY = showing poor mental ability because of old age; e.g.

a) He spent many years caring for his senile mother.
b) I’m always losing my keys these days. I think I must be going senile.

3. Option ‘C’ (pessimistic). PESSIMISTIC =  thinking that bad things are more likely to happen or emphasizing the bad part of a situation; e.g.

The doctors are pessimistic (= not hopeful)  about  his  chances of recovery.

4. Option ‘B’ (frustrated). GRATIFIED = pleased; happy

6. Option ‘B’ (sickly)

WHOLESOME = good for you, and likely to improve your life either physically,  morally, or emotionally; e.g.

He looks like a nice, wholesome young man.

SICKLY = weak, unhealthy, and often sick; e.g.

A sickly looking woman handed me my ticket.

7. Option ‘B’ (apathy).

VIVACITY = (especially in a woman) the quality of being attractively lively and animated; e.g.

He was struck by her vivacity, humour and charm.

APATHY = behaviour that  shows no interest or energy and shows that someone is unwilling to take action, especially over something important

9. Option ‘A’ (pursue). PURSUE = to try very hard to persuade someone to accept a job

11. Option ‘A’ (permanent). TRANSIENT = lasting for only a short time; temporary; e.g.

A  glass  of  whisky has only a transient warming effect.

12. Option ‘B’ (cooperative). ACRIMONIOUS = full of anger, arguments, and bad feeling; e.g.

Their marriage ended eight years ago in an acrimonious divorce.

14. Option ‘D’ (sluggish). SLUGGISH = moving or operating more slowly than usual and with less energy or power; e.g.

a) A heavy lunch makes me sluggish in the afternoon.
b) Something is wrong with the car – the engine feels

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