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ANTONYMS ---- 36 TO 70

Which of these words is most nearly the opposite of the
word provided?

36. withdraw
a. reduce
b. need
c. advance
d. want
37. secret
a. friendly
b. covert
c. hidden
d. overt
38. heartfelt
a. loving
b. insincere
c. unhealthy
d. humorous
39. impartial
a. hostile
b. biased
c. dislike
d. worried
40. luminous
a. clear
b. dim
c. brittle
d. clever
41. awe
a. borrow
b. shallow
c. low
d. contempt
42. pit
a. group
b. peak
c. select
d. marry
43. rotund
a. round
b. unimportant
c. thin
d. dull
44. talent
a. ungrateful
b. silent
c. show
d. inability
45. common
a. strange
b. uneasy
c. quick
d. fast
46. brazen
a. bashful
b. boisterous
c. noisy
d. heated
47. expect
a. attend
b. regret
c. despair
d. loathe
48. malodorous
a. acrid
b. pungent
c. fragrant
d. delicious
49. expound
a. besmirch
b. confuse
c. confine
d. condemn
50. pique
a. value
b. gully
c. smooth
d. soothe
51. abate
a. free
b. augment
c. provoke
d. wane
52. dearth
a. lack
b. poverty
c. abundance
d. foreign
53. peaked
a. tired
b. arrogant
c. pointy
d. ruddy
54. abridge
a. shorten
b. extend
c. stress
d. easy
55. kindle
a. smother
b. detest
c. enemy
d. discourage
56. meager
a. kind
b. generous
c. thoughtful
d. copious
57. philistine
a. novice
b. intellectual
c. pious
d. debutante
58. zenith
a. worst
b. apex
c. nadir
d. past
59. germane
a. irrelevant
b. indifferent
c. impartial
d. improvident
60. irascible
a. determined
b. placid
c. reasonable
d. pliant
61. approbate
a. ingratitude
b. condemn
c. dissatisfaction
d. master
62. supercilious
a. unimportant
b. relevant
c. serious
d. meek
63. improvident
a. cautious
b. fortunate
c. proven
d. intelligent
64. demur
a. embrace
b. crude
c. boisterous
d. falter
65. fatuous
a. crafty
b. frugal
c. sensible
d. inane
66. quiescent
a. lackadaisical
b. active
c. dull
d. prescient
67. sartorial
a. cheerful
b. sincere
c. inelegant
d. homespun
68. sapient
a. hunched
b. strong
c. simple
d. simian
69. matutinal
a. paternal
b. crepuscular
c. maritime
d. marsupial
70. impecunious
a. wealthy
b. cautious
c. hungry
d. tardy

Answers  (opposites  -- antonyms)
36. c. to withdraw means to remove or retreat; to advance is the
opposite of retreat
37. d. secret means hidden or covert; overt means open to view
38. b. heartfelt means expressing genuine feeling, or sincere, so
insincere is its opposite
39. b. impartial means to be without prejudice or bias, therefore
biased is the opposite
40. b. luminous means radiating or reflecting light, or glowing; dim
means dark or dull
41. d. awe means a sense of deep respect or veneration; contempt
means a lack of respect, or disdain
42. b. a pit is a hole and a peak is the top of a hill or mountain
43. c. rotund means rounded or plump, therefore thin is the opposite
44. d. a talent is a special creative or artistic ability, therefore inability
is the opposite
45. a. common means ordinary or familiar; strange means unfamiliar
46. a. brazen means to be defiant or insolent; bashful means to be shy
or timid
47. c. to expect is to wait for or to look forward to; to despair is to
lose all hope
48. c. malodorous means to have a bad smell; fragrant means
smelling sweet or delicate
49. b. to expound means to explain; to confuse, or confound, is the
opposite of expound
50. d. to pique means to excite or irritate; to soothe means to calm
51. b. to abate means to reduce in degree or intensity; to augment
means to increase
52. c. dearth means an inadequate supply or lack of something;
abundance means an ample quantity, or wealth
53. d. to be peaked is to appear pale or wan; to be ruddy is to have a
healthy, red complexion
54. b. to abridge means to shorten and to extend means to lengthen
55. a. to kindle means to start burning or ignite; to smother means to
stifle or suppress
56. d. meager means lacking in quality or quantity; copious means
present in large quantity, or abundant
57. b. philistine is used disparagingly to describe a person guided by
material rather than intellectual values; an intellectual is a
person who engages in creative use of his or her intellect
58. a. zenith means the highest point or the apex; nadir means the
lowest point
59. a. germane means to be appropriate or relevant, therefore
irrelevant is the opposite
60. b. irascible means easily angered; placid means calm or serene
61. b. to approbate means to approve or sanction; to condemn means
to declare wrong or to convict
62. d. supercilious means coolly or patronizingly haughty; meek
means enduring injury with patience and without resentment
63. a. improvident means lacking prudent foresight, or careless;
cautious means to be wary or to exercise forethought
64. a. to demur means to delay or hesitate; to embrace means to
accept readily or gladly; demure means coy
65. c. fatuous means inanely foolish; sensible is its nearest opposite
66. b. quiescent means marked by inactivity or repose, therefore
active is the opposite
67. a. sartorial means of or relating to tailored clothes; homespun
means homemade
68. c. sapient means possessing great wisdom, or sage; one meaning of
simple is deficient in intelligence
69. b. matutinal means of or relating to the morning; crepuscular
means relating to or resembling twilight
70. a. impecunious means having little or no money, therefore
wealthy is the opposite

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