Common Opposites of Adjectives in English

Opposites (or antonyms) are words lying in an inherently incompatible binary relationship, like the opposite pairs big/ small, long/ short, and precede/ follow.


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Opposites (or antonyms) are words lying in an inherently incompatible binary relationship, like the opposite pairs big/ small, long/ short, and precede/ follow.

The following are adjectives that are in pairs and being opposite to each other

List of common opposite adjectives in English:

  • alive – dead
  • beautiful – ugly
  • big – small
  • bitter – sweet
  • cheap – expensive
  • clean – dirty
  • curly – straight
  • difficult – easy
  • good – bad
  • early – late
  • fat – thin
  • full – empty
  • hot – cold
  • happy – sad/unhappy
  • hardworking – lazy
  • modern – traditional
  • new – old
  • nice – nasty
  • intelligent – stupid
  • interesting – boring
  • light – heavy
  • polite – rude/impolite
  • poor – rich
  • quiet – noisy
  • right – wrong
  • safe – dangerous
  • short – long
  • small – big
  • soft – hard
  • single – married
  • true – false
  • well – ill/unwell
  • white – black
  • asleep – awake
  • alert – drowsy
  • awesome – terrible
  • best – worst
  • brave – afraid
  • calm – nervous
  • certain – unsure
  • close – distant
  • complete – incomplete
  • cruel – kind
  • dry – wet
  • early – late
  • hungry – full
  • narrow – wide
  • normal – strange
  • on – off
  • public – private
  • raw – cooked
  • regular – irregular

 


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