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10 Std Antonyms Questions & Answers

Unit 1 - His First Flight

Choose the correct antonyms of the underlined words:

1. The young seagull was alone on his ‘ledge’.
        a) shelf 
        b) centre
        c) nest 
        d) bed

2. He locked courage to ‘plunge’ down to the sea.
        a) dive             
        b) slide              
        c) rise 
        d) glide

3. His father and mother called him in a 'shrill' voice
        a) whisper         
        b) bold              
        c) high-pitched 
        d) calm

4. The sun was ‘ascending’ the sky.
        a) descending         
        b) rising             
        c) counting 
        d) walking

5. The seagull’s  parents threatened to let him ‘starve’ on his ledge.
        a) hunger
        b) death
        c) well-fed
        d) furnish    

6. The young seagull ‘trotted’ back and forth from one end of the ledge to the other.
        a) jogged          
        b) ran                 
        c) hurried
        d) stopped

7. The  mother  seagull  ‘swooped’  upwards
        a) very quick     
        b) very fast         
        c) very nice 
        d) very slow

8. A rat ‘gnaw’ a hole through wood.
        a) chewed          
        b) annoyed      
        c) swallowed
        d) ate

9. The precipice was ‘sheer’
        a) gradual          
        b) deep              
        c) pure 
        d) high

10. He tried to ‘whet’ its beak.
        a) sharpened     
        b) remove         
        c) moved
        d) blunted

11. The great expanse of sea stretched down 'beneath' .
        a) inferior          
        b) above            
        c) below
        d) higher

12. The long journey ‘exhausted’ the children.
        a) tired             
        b) sleepy          
        c) energized
        d) weary

13. He uttered a joyful ‘scream’
        a) spoke             
        b) whisper         
        c) communication 
        d) shout

14. He was ‘soaring’ gradually downwards and outwards.
        a) flying high     
        b) walking high
        c) climbing down
        d) sliding down

15. His  parents were ‘beckoning’ to him calling shrilly.
        a) signalling      
        b) dismissing   
        c) calling 
        d) gathering

16. I’ve  broken my glasses he said ‘plaintively’.
        a) sadly             
        b) luckily          
        c) happily 
        d) fortunately

17. Then a monstrous terror ‘seized’ him
        a) released         
        b) hold              
        c) engaged 
        d) arrested

18. He never cared a ‘preening’ for her.
        a) cleaning      
        b) dirtying          
        c) clearing
        d) colouring

19. His lips twisted ‘mockingly’ 
        a) irrespectful 
        b) ridiculous        
        c) respectful
        d) calmly

20. He was soaring ‘gradually’ downwards.
        a) slowly         
        b) steadily        
        c) regularly
        d) suddenly


Unit 2 - The Night of The Ghost Got In

Choose the correct antonyms of the underlined words:

1. My grandfather was in the ‘attic’.
        a) storage space
        b) exit                
        c) staircase
        d) entrance

2. Herman rushed to his room and ‘slammed’ the door.
        a) closed          
        b) locked         
        c) banged
        d) opened

3. He answered ‘gruffly’.
        a) softly             
        b) smoothly     
        c) pleasingly / happily 
        d) harshly

4. The doors were ‘yanked’ open.
        a) rushed         
        b) pushed          
        c) closed
        d) smooth

5. They ‘ransacked’ the floor.
        a) filled            
        b) checked         
        c) damaged 
        d) inspected

6. ‘What’s that ?’ ‘snapped’ Joe.
        a) spoke             
        b) signaled        
        c) entered 
        d) cried 

7. The ‘indignant’ white – haired old man belonged to the house.
        a) angry           
        b) sad                 
        c) pleasant
        d) funny

8. My grandfather ‘grabbed’ the gun and let it fly.
        a) saw                
        b) caught            
        c) released
        d) cried

9. By this time Sindhu was almost ‘hysterical’.
        a) calm            
        b) mad                
        c) senseless
        d) wise

10. His ‘cowardice’ reflects on his character.
        a) awareness    
        b) courage        
        c) helplessness
        d) dice

11. The family ‘ceased’ talking as she appeared.
        a) halted            
        b) continued    
        c) stopped
        d) ended

12. They were the steps of a man walking ‘rapidly’ around the dining table downstairs.
        a) timidly        
        b) silently        
        c) slowly
        d) decently

13. He shouted ‘intuitively’.
        a) terribly        
        b) immediately
        c) sensibly
        d) senselessly

14. The cops were ‘reluctant’ to leave.
        a) eager            
        b) unwilling    
        c) opposed
        d) averse

15. Old love will not be ‘forgotten’.
        a) remembered
        b) failed            
        c) forgiven
        d) forsaken

16. The drawer ‘creaked’ as it opened.
        a) respect            
        b) silence            
        c) scraped
        d) shabby

17. His gun ‘whammed’ again.
        a) threw            
        b) showed        
        c) placed
        d) calmed / tapped

18. They saw a sudden ‘gleam’ of light.
        a) dark                
        b) sturned        
        c) placed
        d) showed

19. Her heartbeat was ‘faint’ and slow.
        a) pale                
        b) weak            
        c) faded
        d) clear

20. I feel ‘despondent’ when my work is rejected.
        a) loss of hope    
        b) afraid            
        c) hopeful
        d) peaceful

21. We’re ‘obviously’ going to need more help.
        a) certainly         
        b) transparent    
        c) evident
        d) uncertainly

22. They  were very ‘excited’.
        a) eager            
        b) bored            
        c) thrilled
        d) agitated

23. Herman ‘ventured’ out of his room.
        a) moved            
        b) ran                
        c) walked
        d) stayed

24. They ‘confused’ me by asking so many questions.
        a) puzzled        
        b) baffled        
        c) enlightened
        d) perplexed

25. I come to the ‘conclusion’ that I had been deceived.
        a) beginning    
        b) decision        
        c) final
        d) consider

26. The light still shone ‘palely’ down the stairs.
        a) dim                
        b) weak            
        c) bright
        d) faint


Unit 3 - Empowered Woman Navigating The World

Choose the correct antonyms of the underlined words:

1. Women’s accomplishments are ‘tremendous’  in many fields.
a) great 
b) huge
c) tiny
d) big

2. INSV Tarini was built ‘indigenously’ in India.
a) internationally
b) domestically
c) technically
d) beautiful

3. Boost the ‘morale’ in the country.
a) fear
b) attitude
c) mettle
d) confidence

4. We never ‘discriminate’ the students in our school.
a) differentiate
b) discern
c) distinguish 
d) indiscriminate

5. I am ‘glad’ that we were able to finish it successfully.
a) happy     
b) pleased
c) sorry
d) joyful

6. He told the ‘accurate’ answer.
a) correct     
b) exact     
c) absolute
d) inaccurate

7. We attended some theoretical courses on weather ‘prediction’.
a) reality     
b) forecast
c) condition
d) picture

8. I wish my son would show more ‘initiative’.
a) venture
b) indifference
c) energy
d) plan

9. We ‘anticipated’ what could be there ahead.
a) expected
b) doubled
c) unexpected
d) imagined

10. What was the ‘selection’ process?
a) rejection
b) extension
c) termination
d) collection

11. Those are the times we have to be ‘active’.
a) dynamic
b) lively
c) energetic
d) inactive

12. Women’s ‘accomplishments’ are tremendous.
a) failures
b) completion
c) success
d) achievements

13. His action were not in ‘consonance’ with his words.
a) misunderstand
b) advantage
c) disagreement
d) opposition

14. His parents ‘encouraged’ him in his studies.
a) helped     
b) assisted
c) courage
d) discouraged

15. The village obtain all its energy from ‘renewable’ sources.
a) reversible    
b) non-renewable
c) replenish
d) fresh

16. The government is ‘ monitoring’ the situation very closely.
a) correcting    
b) checking
c) ignoring
d) navigating

17. He was accompanied on the ‘expedition’ by his wife.
a) halt
b) journey
c) task
d) plan

18. He is certainly ‘apprehensive’ about something.
a) disturbed
b) composed
c) anxious
d) happy

19. We spent a ‘blissful’ week together.
a) exciting
b) gleeful
c) unhappy
d) joyful

20. Mistakes are an ‘essential’ part of education.
a) important    
b) extra
c) more
d) irrelevant

21. I have ‘commissioned’ the bank to pay my taxes.
a) licensed
b) called
c) ordered
d) left


Unit 5 - The Attic

Choose the correct antonyms of the underlined words:

1. We had reached a point where the road ‘bifurcated’.
a) merged
b) divided
c) began
d) started

2. The tea shop still ‘existed’ there.
a) stayed
b) survived
c) disappeared
d) lived

3. He left his ‘ancestral’ house 29 years ago.
a) ancient
b) central
c) inherited
d) primordial

4. The sun was ‘soothing’.
a) pleasing
b) relaxing 
c) disturbing
d) burning

5. The spoilt child of ‘affluent’ parents.
a) happy
b) healthy
c) wealthy
d) poor

6. He tried to ‘revive’ old childhood memories.
a) destroy
b) refresh
c) begin
d) notice

7. He did not ‘recognize’ Aditiya.
a) identify
b) remember
c) ignore
d) notice

8. This work is a ‘cursed’ nuisance.
a) sinful
b) blessed
c) sad
d) unholy

9. Mr. Sanyal  was not ‘crazy’.
a) insane
b) serious
c) joking
d) wise

10. His eyes were ‘dilated’.
a) enlarged
b) destroyed
c) compressed
d) blinded

11. She can ‘recite’ the whole poem from memory.
a) repeated 
b) stated
c) sang
d) improvised

12. The house was in ‘ruins’.
a) destruction    
b) construction 
c) structure
d) improvised

13. The village had a certain ‘rustic’ charm.
a) modern
b) rural
c) village
d) country

14. A porton of a wall of the attic had ‘crumbled’ down.
a) withered
b) attached
c) broken
d) taken

15. All of the luggage was still ‘strewn’ about the room.
a) scattered
b) held
c) locked
d) compact

16. Sasanka has an ‘acute’ sense of self-respect.
a) keen
b) mild
c) joyful
d) serious

17. He ‘ascertained’ that it had no outlet.
a) found
b) settled
c) verified
d) confused

18. His nerves seemed ‘over wrought’ for some  reason.
a) tangled
b) tensed
c) twisted
d) relaxed

19. He ‘dedicated’ his life to helping the poor.
a) devoted
b) assigned
c) faithless
d) true

20. He ‘stretched’ out his long legs.
a) contracted    
b) looked
c) spread
d) enlarged

21. I’m ‘curious’ to know more about her.
a) eager
b) careless
c) interested
d) puzzled

22. John seemed ‘unperturbed’ by the news.
a) calm
b) satisfied
c) disturbed
d) unworried


Unit 5 - Tech Bloomers

Choose the correct antonyms of the underlined words:

1. He could not rise ‘exhausted’ by the strange exercise. 
a) crippled        
b) weakened
c) energetic
d) surprised

2. India’s disabled are ‘deprived’ by attitudinal barriers.
a) impoverised
b) dead
c) deaf
d) provided

3. Access, acceptance and ‘inclusion’ are the challengers we face with.
a) addition        
b) separation
c) diversion
d) adoption

4. They managed to ‘grapple’ him to the ground.
a) release           
b) jostle
c) push
d) wrestle

5. Technology is also a ’boon’ to citizens with special needs.
a) bonus            
b) bane
c) blast
d) block

6. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam  was ‘concerned’ about people with disability.
a) sympathetic 
b) disliked
c) indifferent
d) unhappy

7. I’d need a map to ‘navigate’ the city.
a) cross             
b) handle
c) tour
d) fly

8. One can control the computer screen with a ‘gaze’.
a) blink            
b) stare
c) look
d) trace

9. The communication aid is ‘mounted’ on his walker.
a) dismounted    
b) climbed
c) moved
d) walked 

10. So we can now look ‘forward’ to a more inclusive way of learning.
a) further            
b) a head
c) proceed
d) backward

11. The ECO2 is linked to an ‘interactive’ with board.
a) congenial    
b) verbal
c) debate
d) incompatible

12. Marco Polo is a ‘renowned’ explorer.
a) famous        
b) unknown
c) great
d) good

13. Blee watch has been ‘designed’ for the people with hearing defects.
a) planned        
b) destined 
c) chanced
d) apt

14. The rent ‘inclusive’ of water and heating.
a) comprehensive
b) completely
c) exclusive 
d) overall

15. But it would have been ‘frustrating’ and difficult 
a) annoying        
b) pleasing
c) disappointing
d) gigantic

16. Mrs. Miller is very ‘keen’ in art.
a) reluctant        
b) spirited
c) intense 
d) enthusiastic

17. Technology can free disabled people from their ‘cloistered’ existence.
a) enclosed        
b) detached
c) opened
d) united

18. Success grows out of struggles to ‘overcome’ difficulties.
a) conquer        
b) yield
c) cross
d) near

19. It has become a confident and ‘competent’ communicator.
a) incompetent
b) talented
c) experienced
d) accomplished

20. Learning is a ‘collaborative’ process.
a) co operative
b) separate
c) continuous
d) continual

Unit 6 - The Last Lesson 

Choose the correct antonyms of the underlined words:

1. He ‘dreaded’ being scolded by Mr. Hamel.
a) feared
b)  atrocious
c)  humble
d)  desired

2. Tell the children to ‘bustle’ up.
a) sound
b)  calmness
c)  excitement 
d)  activity

3. The whole school seemed so ‘strange’.
a) normal
b)  new
c)  odd
d)  different

4. Thorns ‘choked’ the way.
a) blocked
b)  hid
c)  unclear
d)  unblocked

5. The Prussians ‘defeated’ the French.
a) retreated
b)  analysed
c)  undefeated 
d)  faced

6. The crowd waiting outside was causing a ‘commotion’.
a) calmness
b)  confusion
c)  disturbance
d)  unrest

7. It was a ‘solemn’ occasion.
a) serious
b)  new
c)  unhappy
d)  happy

8. Everyone dreaded Hamel’s  ‘terrible’ iron ruler.
a) awful
b)  bad
c)  strong
d)  beautiful

9. I ‘blushed’ seeing everyone in class before me.
a) felt ashamed
b)  felt sad 
c)  turned pale
d)  felt angry

10. Mr. Hamel ‘mounted’ his chair.
a) installed
b)  unmounted
c)  climbed
d)  angled

11. Her voice was full of ‘reproach’.
a) praise            
b)  disapproval  
c)  rebuke
d)  disappointment 

12. Your parents were not ‘anxious’ enough to have you learn.
a) worried        
b)  conscious
c)  unconcerned
d)  confused

13. They recited in ‘unison’.
a) consensus    
b)  conflict
c)  concurrence
d)  accord

14. His voice ‘trembled’ with emotion.
a) shivered
b)  danced
c)  moved
d)  steadied

15. The birds were ‘chirping’ at the end of the woods.
a) singing        
b)  shouting
c)  tweeting
d)  alarming

16. I was feeling tired and ‘cranky’.
a) tolerant        
b)  irritable
c)  cunning
d)  bold

17. He made a rude ‘gesture’ with his finger.
a) signal            
b)  paint
c)  diagram
d)  speech

18. When people are ‘enslaved’, they hold fast to their language.
a) imprisoned    
b)  freed
c)  caged
d)  controlled

19. I hate to be a ‘nuisance’.
a) given
b)  burden
c)  harmful
d)  comfort

20. I ‘tremble’ to think of it.
a) shudder
b)  vibrate
c)  steady
d)  shake

21. A picture of the scene was painted to ‘commemorate’ it.
a) ignored        
b)  recalled
c)  confessed
d)  taught

22. They ‘blamed’ him for the accident.
a) loved            
b)  absolved
c)  accused
d)  presented


Unit 7 - The Dying Detective 

Choose the correct antonyms of the underlined words:

1. The sick room was a ‘gloomy’ spot.
a) dark
b) bright
c) dull
d) dim

2. It is deadly and ‘contagious’ disease.
a) unhealthy
b) dangerous
c) harmless
d) infection

3. My feelings as a doctor were ‘aroused’.
a) stimulated    
b) filed
c) felt
d) pacified

4. I have ‘confidence’ in you.
a) strength        
b) doubt
c) trust
d) love

5. Watson could ‘persuade’ Smith to visit.
a) convinced    
b) urge
c) reason
d) oppose

6. Watson saw a ‘frail’ man with bald head.
b)  crisp
c) short
d) tall

7. Holmes ‘pleaded’ Smith to help him.
a) requested
b) commanded
c) begged
d) asked 

8. I was ‘horrified’ by the news.
a) shocked        
b) disgusted
c) pleased
d) scared

9. The seat is ‘battled’ in place for extra safety.
a) loosened
b) broke
c) locked
d) slowed

10. I sat in silent ‘dejection’.
a) depression    
b) happiness
c) boredom
d) inspire

11. The crowds were ‘delicious’ with joy.
a) insane
b) balanced
c) sad
d) happy

12. The littleman was ‘startled’.
a) surprised        
b) excited
c) saddened
d) at ease

13. How ‘ignorant’ you are! watson.
a) illiterate        
b) uneducated
c) well informed
d) rude

14. He took a ‘hesitant’ step towards her.
a) weak             
b) humble
c) uncertain
d) ready

15. Holmes ‘undermined’ Watson’s capability.
a) strengthened
b) weakened
c) postponed
d) advanced

16. He ‘pleaded’ innocent to the changes.
a) begged        
b) demanded
c) asked
d) linked

17. Holmes spoke ‘rudely’ to Watson.
a) roughly        
b) correctly
c) softly
d) politely

18. Five person were injured in the ‘scuffle’.
a) understanding
b) kindness
c) agreement
d) fight

19. The wounded man utter a ‘groan’.
a) kind
b) delight
c) sorrow
d) painful

20. Her face was ‘gaunt’ and grey.
a) thin
b) thick
c) hard
d) healthy

21. I had counted on the ‘commotion’ to get to my desk without being seen.
a) confusion
b) disturbance
c) unrest
d) calmness

Singular-Plural (1Mark Questions)

 Antonyms  Answer Key 

UNIT 1 - His First Flight

1.    b)  center

2.    c)  rise

3.    d)  calm                

4.    a)  descending

5.    c)  well-fed            

6.    d)  stopped

7.    a)  very slow                     

8.    c)  swallowed

9.    a)  gradual            

10.   d)  blunted

11.   b)  above              

12.   c)  energized

13.   b)  whisper            

14.   d)  sliding down

15.   b)  dismissing        

16.   c)  happily

17.   a)  released

18.   b)  dirtying

19.   c)  respectful

20.   c)  suddenly


1.      a)   entrance

2.      d)   opened

3.      c)    pleasingly / happily

4.      b)   pushed

5.      a)   filled

6.      b)   singnaled

7.      c)    pleasant

8.      d)   released

9.      a)   calm

10.    b)   courage

11.    b)   continued

12.    c)    slowly

13.    c)    sensibly

14.    a)   eager

15.    a)   remembered

16.    b)   silence

17.    d)   calmed  / tapped

18.    a)   dark

19.    d)   clear

20.    c)    hopeful

21.    d)   uncertainly

22.    b)   bored

23.    d)   stayed

24.    c)    enlightened

25.    a)   beginning

26.    c)    bright


1.      c)    tiny

2.      a)   internationally

3.      a)   fear

4.      d)   indiscriminative

5.      c)    sorry

6.      d)   inaccurate

7.      a)   reality

8.      b)   indifference

9.      c)    unexpected

10.    a)   rejection

11.    d)   inactive

12.    a)   failures

13.    c)    disagreement

14.    d)   discouraged

15.    b)   non–renewal

16.    c)    ignoring

17.    a)   halt

18.    b)   composed

19.    c)    unhappy

20.    d)   irrelevant

21.    d)   left


1.      a)   merged

2.      c)    disappeared

3.      c)    inherited

4.      b)   disturbing

5.      d)   poor

6.      a)   destroy

7.      c)    ignore

8.      b)   blessed

9.      d)   wise

10.    c)    compressed

11.    d)   improvised

12.    b)   construction

13.    a)   modern

14.    b)   attached

15.    d)   compact

16.    b)   mild

17.    d)   confused

18.    d)   relaxed

19.    c)    faithless

20.    a)   contracted

21.    b)   careless

22.    c)    disturbed


1.      c)    energetic

2.      d)   provided

3.      b)   separation

4.      a)   release

5.      b)   bane

6.      c)    indifferent

7.      d)   fly

8.      a)   blink

9.      a)   dismounted

10.    d)   backward

11.    d)   incompatible

12.    b)   unknown

13.    c)    chanced

14.    c)    exclusive

15.    b)   pleasing

16.    a)   reluctant

17.    c)    opened

18.    b)   yield

19.    a)   incompetent

20.    b)   separate


1.      d)   desired

2.      b)   calmness

3.      a)   normal

4.      d)   unblocked

5.      c)    undefeated

6.      a)   calmness

7.      d)   happy

8.      d)   beautiful

9.      c)    turned people

10.    b)   unmounted

11.    a)   praise

12.    c)    unconcerned

13.    b)   uneducated

14.    d)   steadied

15.    d)   alarming

16.    a)   tolerant

17.    d)   speech

18.    b)   freed

19.    d)   comfort

20.    c)    steady

21.    a)   ignored

22.    b)   absolved


1.      b)   bright

2.      c)    harmless

3.      d)   pacified

4.      b)   doubt

5.      d)   oppose

6.      a)   strong

7.      b)   commanded

8.      c)    pleased

9.      a)   loosened

10.    b)   happiness


11.    b)   balanced

12.    d)   at ease

13.    c)    calmness

14.    d)   ready

15.    a)   strengthened

16.    b)   demanded

17.    d)   politely

18.    c)    agreement

19.    b)   delight

20.    b)   thick

21.    d)   calmness



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