Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This Difficult Synonyms Quiz?

Becky Stigall

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About This Quiz

You've got to know the difference between a synonym and an antonym to ace this quiz!

Seriously, get these confused, and you'll be in a world of trouble on this quiz. A synonym is a word that has the same meaning as another word — such as "common" and "ordinary" — and antonyms are words that are words that have opposite meanings — such as "hot" and "cold."

Synonyms are synonymous and in a state of synonymy. A synonym for the word "synonym" is "equivalent." A metonym is also a synonym because it is used in the place of a word — like the word "smoke" may take the place of "cigarette." Confused? Don't be. We'll walk you through it.

Pure linguists may argue that there is no such thing as an actual synonym as no word can have the exact same meaning as another word - there are slight variations that account for usage, history, and origin. But for the purposes of this quiz, and to make our high school English teachers happy, we're going to play by the rules and assume that many words are alike enough for us to refer to them as synonyms.

If we haven't completely gotten you turned around, get ready to play with words!

Advance

The word "proceed" is a good synonym for "advance," which means "to move forward." The word "halt" would be an antonym.

Flee

The word "run" would be a good synonym for the word "flee," which means "to run away." The word "arrive" might be a good antonym.

Injure

The word "harm" would be a good synonym for the word "injure," which means "to damage." The word "fix" might be a good antonym.

Tranquil

The word "calm" might be a good synonym for the word "tranquil," which means "peaceful." The word "angry" might be a good antonym.

Hasten

The word "hurry" is a good synonym for the word "hasten," which means "accelerate." The word "slow" might be a good antonym.

Camouflage

The word "hide" would be a good synonym for the word "camouflage," which means "to conceal." The word "reveal" would be a good antonym.

Execute

The word "do" might be a good synonym for the word "execute," which means "to accomplish." The word "cancel" might be a good antonym.

Possess

The word "have" would be a good synonym for the word "possess," which means "own." The word "relinquish" might be a good antonym.

Consume

The word "use" might be a good synonym for the word "comsume," which means "devour or utilize." The word "save" might be a good antonym.

Obtain

The word "get" would be a good synonym for the word "obtain," which means "acquire." The word "release" might be a good antonym.

Retain

The word "keep" would be a good synonym for the word "retain," which means "hold or have." The word "release" might be a good antonym.

Seize

The word "take" might be a good synonym for the word "seize," which means "grasp." The word "release" might be a good antonym.

Create

The word "make" might be a good synonym for the word "create," which means "to bring about." The word "destroy" would be a good antonym.

Shatter

The word "break" might be a good synonym for the word "shatter," which means "to destroy." The word "repair" might be a good antonym.

Demolish

The word "destroy" might be a good synonym for the word "demolish," which means "to ruin." The word "repair" might be a good antonym.

Murder

The word "kill" might be a good synonym for the word "murder," which means "slaughter." Fun fact: the word "murder" is also a flock of crows.

Cleave

The word "cut" might be a good synonym for the word "cleave," which means "to split or divide." The word "mend" might be a good antonym.

Tumble

The word "fall" might be a good synonym for the word "tumble," which means "to roll end over end." In this sense, the word "fall" has nothing to do with the seasons.

Soar

The word "fly" might be a good synonym for the word "soar," which means "to fly at a great height." The word "sink" might be a good antonym.

Determine

The word "decide" might be a good synonym for the word "determine," which means "to conclude." The word "hesitate" might be a good antonym.

Assist

The word "help" might be a good synonym for the word "assist," which means "to give aid." The word "damage" might be a good antonym.

Imprint

The word "mark" might be a good synonym for the word "imprint," which means "an impression." The word "erase" might be a good antonym.

Scheme

The word "plot" might be a good synonym for the word "scheme," which means "program of action." The word "plan" would also be a good synonym.

Display

The word "show" would be a good synonym for the word "display," which means "exhibit." The word "hide" might be a good antonym.

Standard

The word "normal" might be a good synonym for the word "standard," which means "usual." The word "abnormal" would be a good antonym.

Infuriate

The word "anger" might be a good synonym for the word "infuriate," which means "to enrage." The word "pacify" might be a good antonym.

Disclose

The word "tell" might be a good synonym for the word "disclose," which means "reveal." The word "conceal" might be a good antonym.

Recede

The word "retreat" would be a good synonym for the word "recede," which means "to withdraw or diminish." The word "expand" would be an appropriate antonym.

Alarm

The word "fear" might be a good synonym for the word "alarm," which means "fright." The word "ease" might be a good antonym.

Temperamental

The word "moody" might be a good synonym for the word "temperamental," which means "irritable." The word "placid" might be a good antonym.

Loathe

The word "hate" is a good synonym for the word "loathe," which means "abhor." The word "adore" might be a good antonym.

Corrupt

The word "bad" might be a good synonym for the word "corrupt," which means "wicked." The word "wholesome" might be a good antonym.

Twisted

The word "crooked" might be a good synonym for the word "twisted," which means "distorted." The word "straight" might be a good antonym.

Tedious

The word "dull" would be a good synonym for the word "tedious," which means "tiresome." The word "exciting" might be a good antonym.

Beautiful

The word "gorgeous" might be a good synonym for the word "beautiful," which means "having beauty." The word "ugly" would be a good antonym.

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