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

Practicing “Synonym and Antonym” exercises daily will help you prepare well for the IELTS Writing section and increase your IELTS vocabulary and refine your knowledge of words. Let’s set your time and start learning now.

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One of the important ways to get a high band score for IELTS exam is to focus on the synonyms and Antonyms of the difficult words so that you can explain the topic given in a better way.


Synonyms are the words that give the meaning of the particular word or which is the same as the word given or a better word for the given word. if you know the synonyms you can also improve your vocabulary.

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

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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 scrupled. wary means to be attentive especially to danger, or to be cautious
  18. c. to distort means to twist out of a normal state, or to deform
  19. d. sumptuous means excessively costly, rich, or luxurious
  20. a. one meaning of reel is to move around and round or to whirl
  21. b. inscrutable means not easily interpreted or understood, or mysterious
  22. c. to appall is to overcome with shock, or to dismay
  23. a. upright can mean either honorable or vertical; horizontal and supine are both antonyms of upright
  24. c. a reverie means the state of being lost in thought or a daydream
  25. c. loot means goods seized in war or spoils
  26. a. loquacious means excessively talkative, or garrulous
  27. c. a chimera is a fabrication of the mind, or an illusion
  28. a. temerity means unreasonable contempt for danger or recklessness, or audacity
  29. b. to reduce means to develop something potential or latent; to elicit means to draw out something hidden or latent
  30. a. a nabob is a person of great wealth or importance, or a bigwig
  31. b. to pall can mean to deprive of pleasure in something by satiating
  32. d. sacrosanct means the most sacred, or holy
  33. d. louche means not reputable, or indecent
  34. c. stentorian means loud and is usually used to imply a voice of great power and range

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