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GRE Antonyms: The Given Word

The “given word” (an ETS term) and five words (or phrases) are provided as answer choices. You are to choose the word or phrase that is “most nearly opposite in meaning” to “given word.” Clearly, antonym questions test the depth and breadth of your vocabulary.

This video reviews an Antonyms question:

The given word is almost always one word, most commonly an adjective. But note that the answer choices – for example, (A) lacking in wholesomeness, and (D) making progress – can be phrases.

Make a phrase or couple the given word with another word – for example, cryptic message.

Key Word Phrase
flippant flippant attitude
abject abject poverty
kindred kindred soul
dilated dilated eyes
mitigating mitigating circumstances
benign benign tumor
perjured perjured testimony
travesty travesty of justice
unmitigated unmitigated gall
alleviate alleviate pain

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