Synonym & Antonym for Academic Words in IELTS Writing with Answers (Part 1)

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Which of these words is closest in meaning to the word provided?

1. remote 4. predict 7. banish
a. automatic   a. foretell a. exile
b. distant   b. decide b. hate
c. savage   c. prevent c. fade
d. mean   d. discover d. clean
2. detest 5. kin 8. Fraud
a. argue   a. exult a. malcontent
b. hate   b. twist b. argument
c. discover   c. friend c. imposter
d. reveal   d. relative d. clown
3. gracious 6. pensive 9. saccharine
a. pretty   a. oppressed a. leave
b. clever   b. caged b. sweet
c. pleasant   c. thoughtful c. arid
d. present   d. happy d. quit
10. Drag 13. Simulate 16. Generic
a. sleepy   a. excite   a. general
b. crush   b. imitate   b. cheap
c. proud   c. trick   c. fresh
d. pull   d. apelike   d. elderly
11. Jovial 14. Charisma 17. Qualm
a. incredulous   a. ghost   a. distress
b. merry   b. force   b. impunity
c. revolting   c. charm   c. persevere
d. dizzy   d. courage   d. scruple
12. indifferent 15. Apportion 18. Wary
a. neutral   a. divide   a. calm
b. unkind   b. decide   b. curved
c. precious   c. cut   c. confused
d. mean   d. squabble   d. cautious
19. Distort 22. inscrutable 25. Reverie
a. wrong a. difficult   a. palimpsest
b. evil b. mysterious   b. phantom
c. deform c. inflexible   c. daydream
d. harm d. wary   d. curio
20. sumptuous 23. Appall 26. Loot
a. delirious a. delirious   a. destruction
b. gorgeous b. covered   b. waste
c. perilous c. dismay   c. spoils
d. luxurious d. confuse   d. cavort
21. Reel 24. Upright 27. Loquacious
a. whirl a. honorable   a. talkative
b. fish b. horizontal   b. thirsty
c. hit c. humble   c. beautiful
d. mistake d. supine   d. complicated
28. Chimera 31. Nabob 34. louche
  a. chimney a. bigwig   a. gauche
  b. protest b. doubter   b. fine
  c. illusion c. frolic   c. brilliant
  d. panache d. converse   d. indecent
29. Temerity 32. Pall 35. stentorian
  a. audacity a. light   a. violent
  b. fearfulness b. satiate   b. misbegotten
  c. shyness c. carry   c. loud
  d. stupidity d. horror   d. stealthy
30. educe 33. sacrosanct
  a. demand a. prayer
  b. elicit b. sanctuary
  c. ideal c. pious
  d. unlawful d.  sacred


Answer Key

  1. b. remote means faraway, or distant
  2. b. to detest means to feel intense or violent dislike, or to hate
  3. c. gracious means to be pleasant or considerate in social interactions
  4. a. to predict means to declare in advance or to foretell
  5. d. kin means people with common ancestors, or relatives
  6. c. pensive means moodily or dreamily thoughtful
  7. a. to banish means to drive out from home or country, or to exile
  8. c. a fraud is someone who is not what he or she pretends to be, or an imposter
  9. b. saccharine means overly sweet
  10. d. to drag is to pull, or to cause movement in a direction with applied force
  11. b. jovial means good humored or merry
  12. a. to be indifferent is to be marked by impartiality or to be neutral
  13. b. to simulate is to assume the outward appearance of, or to imitate
  14. c. charisma is magnetic charm or appeal
  15. a. to apportion is to divide and share out
  16. a. generic means having the characteristic of a whole group, or general
  17. d. a qualm is a feeling of uneasiness about a moral issue, or a scruple
  18. d. wary means to be attentive especially to danger, or to be cautious
  19. c. to distort means to twist out of a normal state, or to deform
  20. d. sumptuous means excessively costly, rich, or luxurious
  21. a. one meaning of reel is to move round and round, or to whirl
  22. b. inscrutable means not easily interpreted or understood, or mysterious
  23. c. to appall is to overcome with shock, or to dismay
  24. a. upright can mean either honorable or vertical; horizontal and supine are both antonyms of upright
  25. c. a reverie means the state of being lost in thought, or a daydream
  26. c. loot means goods seized in war, or spoils
  27. a. loquacious means excessively talkative, or garrulous
  28. c. a chimera is a fabrication of the mind, or an illusion
  29. a. temerity means unreasonable contempt for danger or recklessness, or audacity
  30. b. to educe means to develop something potential or latent; to elicit means to draw out something hidden or latent
  31. a. a nabob is a person of great wealth or importance, or a bigwig
  32. b. to pall can mean to deprive of pleasure in something by satiating
  33. d. sacrosanct means the most sacred, or holy
  34. d. louche means not reputable, or indecent
  35. c. stentorian means loud and is usually used to imply a voice of great power and range

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