Antonyms are words that have the opposite meaning in relation to other words in proposal. Using antonyms can help us improve our writing and vocabulary skills stock's.
Definition of antonyms
An Antonym is a word that means the opposite of another word. For example, the antonym "hot" can be "cold". The root words for the word "antonym" are the words " anti», meaning "against" or "opposite" and "onym" meaning "name".
To better understand antonyms, let's look at what the word "synonym" means. The synonym is a word that has a meaning similar to or exactly the same meaning as another word. Synonyms and antonyms are exactly the opposite.
Why are antonyms important?
Oddly enough, to better understand the meaning of a word, we can look at its antonym or opposite value. For example, take the word "surly". The definition of "gloomy" - " gloomy or sullen humor." Sometimes even reading a dictionary is not enough to give us a complete understanding of the word. Most dictionaries also provide synonyms and antonyms.
For Example, here are a few listed synonyms for the word "surly": "surly", " sour», «sullen». In addition, here are a few antonyms: "cheerful" and "optimistic". Now we know that the opposite of "Moody" is cheerful and even optimistic! A look at synonyms and antonyms does give us a clearer definition.
Using antonyms in writing
Sometimes we we find it difficult when trying to choose the best word in a sentence, or we are too often we use the same words. For example, we can look for a word that means the opposite of" manly, " but we want to choose a different word than " scared." Let's let's take the antonym challenge and see if we can find the best word!
When we search for the word "manly" and scroll down to the list of antonyms, we see words like: "cowardly" and "weak-willed". These words are more vivid than the word "scared", and by using brighter words in our writing, we improve our writing.