Antonyms are words that have the opposite meaning of another word. These words can be helpful when we are writing. They can ensure that we ae using the appropriate word in some cases. They heighten our ability to express ourselves with language. One of the most well used literary techniques to help describe relationships is an oxymoron. The use of contradictory terms adds a great deal of flavor to our language and can really be helpful to engage readers. Antonyms help us breathe life into our vocabulary growth. Being able to list many different words that are the opposite of a word in question can really extend your use of the English language.
Instructors can use these pages to give their students practice with antonyms. Activities include filling in blanks or matching words using antonyms from a word bank, using prefixes to build antonyms out of root words, rewriting sentences to change their meaning into the opposite, and more. Context is very important when working with these guys, because the opposite of "cool" can be "warm" if you're talking about the weather, or "square" if you're talking about a person. Fun Fact: Words whose different definitions are antonyms, such as cleave (to hold together or split apart) and sanction (to boycott or approve), are called "contronyms."