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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 WordPhrase
flippantflippant attitude
abjectabject poverty
kindredkindred soul
dilateddilated eyes
mitigatingmitigating circumstances
benignbenign tumor
perjuredperjured testimony
travestytravesty of justice
unmitigatedunmitigated gall
alleviatealleviate pain

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