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SYNONYMS and ANTONYMS
(describing character)
A synonym is a word which means the same as another word: large and big are synonyms.
An antonym is a word which means the opposite of another word: nice and horrible are antonyms.
Ex.1) Match the adjectives (1-11) with their synonyms (A-K). Decide if each pair is positive
or negative and write them in the chart.
1 angry
A rational
2 calm
B shy
3 vain
C obstinate
4 intelligent
D conceited
5 timid
E clever
6 selfish
F furious
7 impolite
G egotistical
8 irritable
H amiable
9 sensible
I grumpy
10 stubborn
going
J easy-
11 friendly
K rude
search. The
Positive
_______________________
Negative
_____angry – furious ______
_______________________
_______________________
_______________________
_______________________
_______________________
________________________
________________________
________________________
________________________
________________________
Ex.2) Find 8 words which all mean ‘ sad’ in this word
synonyms are given in the box.
U
P
S
E
T
K
M
N H A P
A B V S
L U F R
H U V C
I
D E S
O A T E
I S E R
P Y W G
I N H L
A E T O
I E R O
O R O M
L H S Y
A B L E
P
I
T
I
F
U
L
1sad 2 furious
3 miserable
4 sensitive
5 tearful
6 gloomy
7 pitiful 8 vain
9 unhappy
10 upset 11 mad
12 morose
Ex. 3) Choose the correct antonym for each word.
Ex.4) Complete the sentences with the words you
selected in Ex.3)
1 timid
A noisy
B brave
2 truthful
A false
B different
3 neat
A messy
B reliable
4 miserable
A active
B cheerless
C obstinate D fine
C incorrect
C lazy
C cheerful
D dishonest
D tidy
D funny
5 sensitive
A impolite B upset C thick-skinned D angry
6 modest
A shy
B conceited
C selfish
7 grumpy
A contented B sensible C cross
D timid
D tired
1The ___________ man would not stop talking
about himself.
2 Jack is not ___________________ enough.
3 Ann sighed, feeling more _____________ than
she had felt in days.
4 Ted tried to remain ____________ even though
he had failed the test.
5 It would be ___________ of me to pretend that
I enjoyed the evening.
6 He was very ___________ about his operation.
7 The world is a lovely, _____________ place.
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