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Antonyms Quiz #3

Guess the antonyms of these words.
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Last updated: August 11, 2013
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Word
Antonym
Ascend
Descend
Dawn
Dusk
Deep
Shallow
Inferior
Superior
Alkaline
Acidic
Starboard
Port
Centripetal
Centrifugal
Longitude
Latitude
Word
Antonym
Paternal
Maternal
Despair
Hope
None
All
Precede
Succeed
Weak
Strong
Expand
Contract
Satiety
Hunger
Latter
Former
Word
Antonym
Young
Old
Anterior
Posterior
Debit (accounting)
Credit
Artificial
Natural
Forte (music)
Piano
Acute (geometry)
Obtuse
Cursive
Print
International (flight)
Domestic
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level 83
Aug 22, 2013
I was very disappointed that the opposite of alkaline wasn't nickel-cadmium.
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level 29
Nov 19, 2013
:)
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level 21
Mar 14, 2016
You dirty sweat.... But very true
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level 59
Sep 4, 2013
supersede should count as an antonym for precede
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level 62
May 21, 2019
no, that is taking over the spot, while precede and succeed is respectively the spot before and the spot after. Supersede is as much an antonym of precede as it is of succeed
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level 68
Aug 31, 2019
the antonym of precede should be follow
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level 69
Nov 19, 2013
alternate possibilities: "superficial" for deep, "genuine" for artificial, "sunset" for dawn, "follow" for precede, "sturdy" for weak, and "some" for none -- replies welcome (and expected)
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level 71
Nov 19, 2013
I agree. If a word doesn't have a true antonym - none/all, e.g. - then what you have is a choice. There are many words which mean the opposite of despair, "hope" is a good one but not the only one. In this type of quiz, such words should be avoided.
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level 77
Nov 23, 2013
There's really no such thing as a perfect antonym.
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level 43
Jul 3, 2014
I think you need to take the word itself and its structure into account. So, while I agree there are many on here that aren't really antonyms, dusk is the logical antonym for dawn, whereas sunset would be logical antonym for sunrise. As for some being an acceptable antonym of all- it's like a thousand Venn diagrams all screamed out at once, and were suddenly silenced.
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level 43
Jul 3, 2014
Sorry, some for none was the suggestion, not some for all.
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level 68
Aug 31, 2019
I thought the antonym of despair was elation
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level 21
Jun 19, 2018
Agreed. I tried real, genuine, and organic for artificial
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level 74
Nov 19, 2013
Would agree. Could have 'some' for 'none', 'rejoice' for 'despair' and 'internal' for 'international'.
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level 73
Nov 19, 2013
does anyone actually say internal flights?
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level 39
Nov 19, 2013
I thought 'national'. Since there are national flights and international flights...
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level 64
May 8, 2016
Yes but "national" flights are called domestic flights by the airlines...
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level 69
Aug 30, 2019
Internal flight = the movie "Fantastic Voyage"
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level 68
Aug 31, 2019
Air New Zealand used to use the word 'national' for non-international flights. They have now gone back to calling them 'domestic'.
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level 65
Nov 19, 2013
I would definitely add JOY to "despair"
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level 62
Aug 30, 2019
I tried joy first too. Then, I tried "rejoice" since it is the verb. I still think it should count.
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level 76
Aug 30, 2019
Joy was my first thought. I googled antonym for despair and it came up with both hope and joy, and for the verb it listed cheerful and optimistic. (I hadn't even thought about the word being both a noun and a verb.) I suspect if one googles all the words on the list, most of them would have more than one antonym. Still, it was a fun quiz and made me think so I'm not complaining. (Well, not very much.)
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level 63
Nov 19, 2013
I tried everything except "contract." I was trying shrink, reduce, deflate...
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level 73
Nov 19, 2013
yeah. I was thinking expand like a business. I tried reduce as well.
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level 73
Sep 5, 2019
Also tried shrink. And retract.
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level 77
Nov 19, 2013
A chemist I am not, but isn't the opposite of acidic, basic?
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level 84
Nov 19, 2013
For general intents and purposes, basic = alkaline. And the antonym for both would be acidic, regardless.
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level 49
Mar 22, 2018
basic = alkaloid.. so to answer your question yes, acidic is the opposite of basic. Im not a chemist either but I know the PH, and btw I have alkaloid soil conditions, which as a wannabe botanist is important :)
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level 31
Nov 20, 2013
Authentic/real for artificial? regional for international? joy/happiness for despair? There should be more options...
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level 45
Jan 26, 2014
Agree. I tried synonyms for the given answers but just didn't hit on the one that was wanted. Good quiz, but a bit confusing.....
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level 68
May 20, 2019
So then I suppose the opposite of hope is sadness, right? Remember that in order to be true antonyms, the words have to complement each other, i.e. if you take the suggested opposite of a base word, then "re-translate" that opposite back to its antonym and don't come up with the same base word, it's not a genuine antonym. So, for me, the opposite of authentic/real would be fake. And you can have an authentic painting by Van Gogh, which is, at the same time, artificial, because it's art - right? As for regional, I don't know if that even has an antonym, but it is certainly not what I would come up with when thinking of an antonym for international.
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level 43
Nov 20, 2013
I got them all except precede. To me, follow or conclude makes much more sense than succeed. Music will precede the speech, and a discussion will follow the speech. An introduction will precede the article and a summary will conclude the article. Oh well.
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level 80
Aug 8, 2014
I was confused by this too, but I understand now. Think in terms of elected leaders: one person precedes the other, while a newly elected person will succeed the incumbent. Still a bit clunky in my opinion, but I see where QM was going with it.
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level 32
Oct 28, 2017
Thanks for this. I was completely baffled, but now I get it.
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level 44
Aug 12, 2014
I agree. Succeed is weak.
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level 34
Mar 7, 2015
Agree. Or genuine.
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level 45
Dec 23, 2013
Follow should work for precede. Look it up in a thesaurus.
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level 39
Mar 3, 2014
I tried shrink for expand's opposite and organic for artificial. :(
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level 78
Mar 6, 2014
Latitude/longitude are not antonyms, as well as paternal/maternal. These are complementary concepts, they do not annihilate each other.
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level 67
Jan 31, 2016
Agreed.
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level 68
May 20, 2019
I think those refer to the concept of yin and yang. Many would consider this to be the opposite of each other.
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level 37
Jun 27, 2014
The word I learned for "print" in school was manuscript, or typewritten if done by computer.
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level 56
Apr 23, 2018
wouldn't manuscript be another kind of cursive?
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level 48
Jul 3, 2014
+1 for genuine.
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level 50
Jul 17, 2014
3:27 left!
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level 54
Jul 28, 2014
It should be illegal to put Alkaline/Acidic in the same quiz as Young/Old.
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level 76
Feb 19, 2015
I knew the geometric answer, just couldn't come up with the word once I got hypotenuse in my head. I'm so obtuse.
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level 71
May 28, 2018
Like
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level 79
Jul 9, 2015
Concur with the statements that "follow" should be accepted for precede. Where's the moderator on this? It is a perfect antonym--sorry it's not the one you thought of, but there are a bunch of us that obviously (and correctly) did. CHANGE IT ALREADY! Also "real" should be acceptable for artificial. I also thought "organic" could work here, but I wouldn't fight for that. I do wholly believe "real" should work and think it is pathetic that it is not an acceptable answer.
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level 67
Aug 23, 2015
Dawn is sunrise, antonym is sunset
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level 73
Sep 5, 2019
One (i.e. Merriam-Webster) could argue that dawn is the light that precedes sunrise: "the first appearance of light in the morning followed by sunrise". Thus making sunset the wrong answer.
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level 67
Jan 31, 2016
Not entirely convinced that latitude and longitude would qualify as opposites.
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level 37
Mar 11, 2016
why not compress or shrink for expand
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level 67
May 8, 2016
I agree, should be some latitude (pun) given for words such as 'Shrink'.......... 'Sunset'...........'Greater'....... 'Follow'
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level 34
May 8, 2016
I missed precede. I tried follow, go, end, go after, obey, follow after, etc. I just didn't try succeed. :(
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level 17
May 8, 2016
I wish you'd accept some simpler words for the 'expand' clue... I kept on typing shrink thinking I had spelt it incorrectly...
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level 21
May 8, 2016
Shouldn't shrink be acceptable for expand?
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level 73
May 10, 2016
Please accept block for cursive
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level 63
Aug 30, 2019
Agreed, I also tried "handwriting"...
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level 73
Sep 5, 2019
You can have a cursive handwriting...
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level 69
May 10, 2016
Paternal and Maternal are not antonyms. Just different grammatical genders.
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level ∞
May 10, 2016
Don't overthink it!
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level 36
Mar 3, 2017
I would just like to point out that centrifugal force doesn't actually exist...
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level 64
Mar 10, 2017
Unlike the first two quizzes, these ones had so many possibilities - I wasted an age on different antonyms for expand. Damn English with it's hundreds of different ways to say one thing.
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level 67
Mar 14, 2017
The plus for English is that if you can't think of the exact word you can always make yourself understood by using other words that mean the same thing.
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level 21
Apr 11, 2017
Can you except desend for Descend?
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level 68
May 20, 2019
It is excepted :P
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level 47
May 26, 2017
Joy and or Rejoice should be acceptable antonyms to Despair. Additionally, Organic should be an acceptable antonym to Artificial.
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level 56
Apr 23, 2018
Surely paucity is an antonym of satiety? Too little of vs too much of
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level 79
Feb 7, 2019
Maybe my understanding of the definition of the word "satiety" is not correct. I think of it as meaning having had enough or being satisfied by something. If that is correct then any need, want, or desire would be correct. Not just "hunger".
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level 52
May 28, 2018
"Centrifugal" is not a real experience/force. Centripetal is, and the antonym of this force acting towards the centre of curved motion would be the TANGENTIAL force. Please change this answer.
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level 37
Jul 15, 2018
I the honourable gentleman am very displeased at the fact that one simply did not allow 'internal' or 'national' to be accepted for the direct opposite of 'international' and would therefore wish to make an official complaint.
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level 65
Nov 9, 2018
Really not a very good quiz, just my opinion. Too many words have way too many varied choices for antonyms, as is evident from the number of comments. More choices should be allowed or the words should be changed to something that is more direct or obvious.
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level 58
Aug 30, 2019
Whats the antonym for ungrateful git who should have a go at making up some quizzes for once instead of just take take take?
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level 74
Apr 5, 2019
Antonym for pedantry?
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level 71
May 19, 2019
Slapdashery; willinilliness; sloptitude.
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level 58
Aug 30, 2019
None of which are words.
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level 72
Aug 30, 2019
tolerance? indifference? insouicance?
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level 47
May 13, 2019
The opposite of despair is way too easy for me. Thanks Danganronpa for ruining my life.
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level 38
May 20, 2019
I should have gotten succeed I don't know how I couldn't come up with it this time. I guarantee I could have gotten it any other day.
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level 54
Aug 7, 2019
sour as an antonym of alkaline?
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level 58
Aug 30, 2019
No
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level 62
Aug 30, 2019
Is there a reason why "rejoice" is not accepted along with "hope" for the "despair" question? Also, can you accept "starve" or "starvation" along with "hunger?"
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level 58
Aug 30, 2019
Please accept 'shrink' for contract.
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level 76
Aug 31, 2019
I also tried deflate, diminish, and condense
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level 72
Aug 30, 2019
What about block (as in block letters) for cursive?
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level 36
Aug 30, 2019
Poorly constructed. "Joy" is an antonym for despair and "genuine" is an antonym for artificial. "Follow" is an antonym for precede.
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level 67
Aug 30, 2019
Why is "maternal" the answer for "paternal", but "filial" is not? Maternal and paternal refer to different grammatical genders, while filial seems to refer to the actual opposite. I think filial should be the only option, but at the very least it should be a type-in.
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level 44
Aug 30, 2019
Thought-provoking quiz! Some suggestions for antonyms for "Artificial": Organic, Biological
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level 47
Nov 13, 2019
Based on the comments I can see why there’s never been another one of these quizzes