Antonyms & Synonyms for MAT, CET, CMAT, SNAP & other MBA exams - Set 1

1)   Choose the word most similar in meaning to the given word.


a. Blame
b. Resist
c. Trick
d. Act Superior
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Act Superior

Meaning: To condescend is to talk to someone in a way that makes it clear you believe that you are better and smarter.

If you are being condescending, you are looking down on someone.

Example: The Emperor did not condescend to reply.

Synonyms: Accommodate, Accord, Comply, Concede, Agree

Antonyms: Contradict, Decline, Deny, Disagree, Hinder

2)   Anachronistic

a. Forceful
b. Eternal
c. Powerful
d. Dangerous
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Eternal

Meaning: Something that's old-fashioned and maybe a little out of place is anachronistic.

The meaning of anachronistic is something that is not in the correct time.

Example: Listening to vinyl records in 21st century is an example of an anachronistic activity.

Synonyms: Antiquated, Archaic, Out-of-date, Ancient

Antonyms: Current, Modern, New, Up-to-date

3)   Lionize

a. Notorious
b. Clever
c. Idolize
d. Amusing
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Idolize

Meaning: To look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity.

Example: Politicians continue to lionize Narendra Modi as their ultimate hero.

Synonyms: Eulogize, Glorify, Idolize, Acclaim, Honor

Antonyms: Criticize, Censure, Condemn, Debase

4)   Anecdote

a. Medicine
b. Argument
c. Unwanted Gift
d. Story
Answer  Explanation 


Meaning: A short, amusing true story is an anecdote.

Example: The following anecdote may illustrate this topic.

Synonyms: Episode, Gag, Short story, Narration

5)   Conceive

a. Tame
b. Behave
c. Welcome
d. Imagine
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Imagine

Meaning: To conceive is to come up with an idea.

Conceive means to produce something from inside the mind - or to become pregnant (Conceive a child)

Example: He conceived a robot that would help paralyzed patients.

Synonyms: Accept, Create, Understand, Believe, Realize

Antonyms: Neglect, Avoid, Disbelieve, Disregard

6)   Friable

a. Ductile
b. Spurious
c. Fragile
d. Rigid
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Fragile

Meaning: Friable means to be easily crumbled or reduced to powder.

Example: The product is very friable but harder than wood.

Synonyms: Breakable, Fragile, Crumbly, Delicate

Antonyms: Resilient, Strong, Sturdy, Elastic

7)   Taciturn

a. Shade
b. Obscure
c. Explicit
d. Unspoken
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Unspoken

Meaning: A taciturn person might be snobby, naturally quiet, or just shy.

The meaning of taciturn is someone who doesn't say much.

Example: An example of taciturn is a person who sits quietly at the edge of the room.

Synonyms: Implicit, Unspoken, Indirect, Silent

Antonyms: Stated, Express, Explicit

8)   Indecorous

a. Decorated
b. Improper
c. Proper
d. Decent
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Improper

Meaning: Indecorous behavior means behavior which isn't proper or socially acceptable.

Indecorous means lacking decorum, propriety or good taste etc.

Example: Indecorous behavior will not be tolerated in our school.

Synonyms: Improper, Indecent, Rude, Uncouth, Vulgar

Antonyms: Befitting, Apt, Opportune, Proper

9)   Nadir

a. Passable
b. Apex
c. Bottom
d. Tolerable
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Bottom

Meaning: Nadir means lowest point of anything.

Example: From the zenith of hope, he had been suddenly plunged down to the nadir of despair.

Synonyms: Rock bottom, Base, Bottom, All-time low

Antonyms: Top, Zenith, Acme, Apex, Peak

10)   Profane

a. Free
b. Sacred
c. Moral
d. Irreligious
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Irreligious

Meaning: Profane describes behavior that's deeply offensive because it shows a lack of respect, especially for someone's religious beliefs.

Example: Profane language is bleeped on TV.

Synonyms: Abusive, Coarse, Indecent, Obscene, Nasty

Antonyms: Decent, Clean, Nice, Respectful, Religious

11)   Controvert

a. Confuse
b. Indict
c. Contradict
d. Subvert
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Contradict

Meaning: If you controvert something, you raise arguments against; voice opposition to.

Controvert can mean to prove to be false or untrue.

Example: This fact alone would be sufficient to controvert your baseless assumption.

Synonyms: Contradict, Oppose, Counter, Debate, Deny

Antonyms: Agree, Affirm, Allow, Confirm, Corroborate

12)   Execrate

a. Curse
b. Deplore
c. Denounce
d. Desecrate
Answer  Explanation 


Meaning: Execrate means to despise or also to curse.

To execrate is to detest, or to express great hatred.

Example: I execrate you! (Curse)

Synonyms: Curse, Condemn, Abhor, Despise

Antonyms: Adore, Admire, Commend, Cherish

13)   Rescind

a. Change
b. Revoke
c. Repeat
d. Reconsider
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Revoke

Meaning: Rescind means to take back or remove.

Rescind is an official reversal.

Example: The company has decided to rescind your job offer.

Synonyms: Abrogate, Abolish, Cancel, Dismantle

Antonyms: Allow, Enact, Enforce, Legalize, Permit

14)   Bedlam

a. Peaceful
b. Madhouse
c. Consensus
d. Ebullient
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Madhouse

Meaning: Bedlam is a scene of madness, chaos or great confusion.

Example: If you let cricket fans onto the field, it will be a pure bedlam.

Synonyms: Chaos, Clamor, Confusion, Disquiet, Pandemonium

Antonyms: Calm, Calmness, Harmony, Order, Peace

15)   Penitence

a. Compunction
b. Meanness
c. Eulogize
d. Tranquilize
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Compunction

Meaning: Penitence is the state of having regret for doing something wrong.

Example: She cut off her hair as a token of penitence for her mistakes.

Synonyms: Penance, Repentance, Contrition, Compunction, Remorse

Antonyms: Approval, Comfort, Contentedness, Satisfaction

16)   Erstwhile

a. Ancient
b. Classy
c. Newer
d. Former
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Former

Meaning: The meaning of erstwhile is something from an earlier time.

It denotes in the past; a former time; formerly.

Example: My erstwhile friend ignored me when I ran into her at the mall.

Synonyms: Bygone, Ex, Old, Past, Former, Expired

Antonyms: Ongoing, Current, Present, Extant

17)   Imperious

a. Generous
b. Peevish
c. Arrogant
d. Stubborn
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Arrogant

Meaning: Someone who is imperious gives orders in a way that shows they feel superior or more important than other people.

The meaning of imperious is someone or something that is domineering and demanding, without any justification or right.

Example: Although she is talented yet imperious.

Synonyms: Arrogant, Bossy, Overbearing, Domineering, Dictatorial, Haughty

Antonyms: Humble, Meek, Fawning, Obedient, Weak

18)   Candor

a. Generous
b. Falsifier
c. Truthfulness
d. Rough
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Truthfulness

Meaning: Candor usually means the quality of being open, honest, and sincere.

Example: As a token of candor, reveal to me your chief passion.

Synonyms: Fairness, Frankness, Honesty, Sincerity

Antonyms: Deceit, Unfairness, Lying, Deception

19)   Rectitude

a. Peevish
b. Infamy
c. Integrity
d. Dishonesty
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Integrity

Meaning: Rectitude refers to behavior that is correct, upright and honorable.

Rectitude is being morally correct.

Example: He encouraged the graduates to go on to live lives of unimpeachable rectitude and integrity.

Synonyms: Decency, Honesty, Morality, Probity

Antonyms: Dishonesty, Immorality, Corruption, Evil

20)   Salutary

a. Unhelpful
b. Hurting
c. Salubrious
d. Disadvantageous
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Salubrious

Meaning: Salutary is used to describe something that's good for your health.

Salutary is something promoting or contributing to personal or social well-being

Example: The low interest rates should have a salutary effect on business.

Synonyms: Beneficial, Healthful, Nourishing, Salubrious

Antonyms: Bad, Unprofitable, Insalubrious, Harmful

21)   Prattle

a. Broad
b. Gabble
c. Sense
d. Quiet
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Gabble

Meaning: Prattle means to speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly.

Idle or foolish and irrelevant talk.

Example: To prattle is go on and on about something unimportant.

Synonyms: Burble, Gabble, Blubbering, Murmur, Gibberish

Antonyms: Sensible, Articulate, Enunciate

22)   Clandestine

a. Forthright
b. Aboveboard
c. Hidden
d. Open
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Hidden

Meaning: Clandestine is used to describe something that is done in secret.

Clandestine is something conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods.

Example: Your clandestine method to steal my chocolates won’t work.

Synonyms: Covert, Fraudulent, Furtive, Hidden, Underground

Antonyms: Authorized, Legal, Known, Open, Public

23)   Indolent

a. Crabbed
b. Intent
c. Inactive
d. Diligent
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Inactive

Meaning: The meaning of indolent is lazy or disinterested in working, or inactive or painless.

Example: He is an indolent worker and keeps checking his mobile during work.

Synonyms: Lethargic, Idle, Lazy, Inactive, Inert

Antonyms: Active, Busy, Diligent, Energetic, Industrious

24)   Paucity

a. Fewness
b. Pace
c. Sufficiency
d. Abundance
Answer  Explanation 


Meaning: Paucity is defined as a small number of something.

Example: Paucity of evidence has made his first case difficult.

Synonyms: Dearth, Smallness, Deficiency, Scarceness

Antonyms: Abundance, Affluence, Plenty, Enough

25)   Adjuvant

a. Additional
b. Needed
c. Warranty
d. Necessary
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Additional

Meaning: Adjuvant means furnishing added support.

One who helps or facilitates; an assistant.

It also refers to an additive that enhances the effectiveness of medical treatment.

Example: It is added to other medicines, either as a corrective, or adjuvant.

Synonyms: Additional, Accessory, Auxiliary, Contributory

Antonyms: Necessary, Needed

26)   Impetuous

a. Violent
b. Resourceful
c. Pleasing
d. Rash
Answer  Explanation 


Meaning: The meaning of impetuous is something that moves with a lot of force or done with little thought.

Example: We forbade ourselves to even discuss our impetuous actions and only focus on thoughtful approaches.

Synonyms: Ardent, Impulsive, Eager, Fierce, Spontaneous

Antonyms: Calm, Cautious, Reflective, Wise, Sensible

27)   Dawdle

a. Assess
b. Evaluate
c. Fickle
d. Loiter
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Loiter

Meaning: To dawdle is to waste time or to move excessively slowly.

To move slowly, languidly or dilatorily.

Example: He dawdled away the whole morning.

Synonyms: Laze, Loiter, Procrastinate, Lag, Idle, Trifle

Antonyms: Rush, Forward, Hasten, Push, Hurry

28)   Anathema

a. Religious Chant
b. Pun
c. Musical Subject
d. Curse
Answer  Explanation 


Meaning: A person or thing detested or loathed.

Anathema means a curse or execration.

Example: That subject is anathema to him.

Synonyms: Ban, Abomination, Detestation, Hate

Antonyms: Benediction, Blessing

29)   Supervene

a. Ensue
b. Precede
c. Disapprove
d. Interfere
Answer  Explanation 


Meaning: Supervene means to follow closely (ensue).

To occur as an unexpected or extraneous development.

Example: Winds supervene from January to March every year.

Synonyms: Chase, Pursue, Ensue, Follow, Postdate

Antonyms: Precede, Retreat, Predate, Antedate

30)   Sanguine

a. Clever
b. Proud
c. Hopeful
d. Modest
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Hopeful

Meaning: The meaning of sanguine is someone who has cheerful temperament, confident.

Sanguine refers to someone or something the color of blood or a reddish color.

Example: All the sanguine expectations were not fully realized.

Synonyms: Cheerful, Upbeat, Enthusiastic, Hopeful

Antonyms: Down, Gloomy, Depressed, Sad

31)   Preponderance

a. Predominance
b. Disadvantage
c. Surrender
d. Preoccupation
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Predominance

Meaning: Preponderance refers to excess or superiority of weight, influence, or power etc. or the majority, greater portion of something.

Example: There seemed to be a preponderance of harried husbands.

Synonyms: Predominance, Prevalence, Advantage, Dominance

Antonyms: Disadvantage, Inferiority, Subordination, Weakness

32)   Ambivalent

a. Discomfiture
b. Dither
c. Definite
d. Uncertain
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Uncertain

Meaning: The meaning of ambivalent is uncertain or someone who lacks the ability to make decisions.

Example: After five days, the jury is still ambivalent about the defendant’s guilt.

Synonyms: Doubtful, Unsure, Undecided, Hesitant

Antonyms: Certain, Clear, Definite, Determined

33)   Mundane

a. Dirty
b. Commonplace
c. Confused
d. Extraordinary
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Commonplace

Meaning: An ordinary, unexciting thing can be called mundane.

The meaning of mundane is someone or something that is typical or ordinary.

Example: Nine to five jobs are mundane in nature.

Synonyms: Ordinary, Banal, Every day, Normal, Prosaic

Antonyms: Abnormal, Uncommon, Unusual, Exciting, Extraordinary

34)   Haggle

a. Tired
b. Fight
c. Decrease
d. Bargain
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Bargain

Meaning: To haggle is to negotiate or argue over something, usually a price.

The meaning of a haggle is act of bargaining, or arguing about price.

Example: She is good at haggling.

Synonyms: Bargain, Barter, Wrangle, Argue

Antonyms: Agree, Concur, Comply

35)   Haughty

a. Humble
b. Subservient
c. Meek
d. Snobbish
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Snobbish

Meaning: Someone who is haughty is arrogant and full of pride.

Example: When you're haughty, you have a big attitude and act like you're better than other people

Synonyms: Contemptuous, Imperious, Snooty, Snobbish, Conceited

Antonyms: Humble, Shy, Meek, Timid

36)   Gallant

a. Quaggy
b. Snug
c. Miser
d. Brave
Answer  Explanation 


Meaning: The meaning of gallant is brave, noble or polite.

Gallant is defined as a man who is polite and attentive to women.

Example: A gallant firefighter saved the people.

Synonyms: Bold, Courageous, Fearless, Valiant

Antonyms: Coward, Fearful, Meek, Unheroic

37)   Stigma

a. Stain
b. Trial
c. Difficulty
d. Holiness
Answer  Explanation 


Meaning: The meaning of a stigma is something that takes away from one’s character or reputation.

It means a mark of guilt or disgrace.

Example: The stigma of slavery remained long after it had been abolished.

Synonyms: Stain, Scar, Shame, Disgrace, Blot

Antonyms: Approval, Benefit, Modesty, Honor

38)   Flagrant

a. Vibrant
b. Glaring
c. Vicious
d. Pleasant
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Glaring

Meaning: Flagrant means very noticeable especially for being incorrect or bad.

The meaning of flagrant is something that is obviously wrong or offensive in some way.

Example: This is a flagrant violation of rules.

Synonyms: Atrocious, Bold, Disgraceful, Shameful, Heinous

Antonyms: Concealed, Good, Hidden, Magnificent, Respectable

39)   Tart

a. Law
b. Acid
c. Angry
d. Desirable
Answer  Explanation 


Meaning: The meaning of tart is something that has a sharp or sour taste.

Example: I forgot to add sugar and now it tastes way too tart.

Synonyms: Acid, Caustic, Cutting, Sharp, Astringent

Antonyms: Bland, Calm, Kind, Mild, Sweet

40)   Temerity

a. Audacity
b. Fearfulness
c. Stupidity
d. Shyness
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Audacity

Meaning: Temerity is being so confident or bold that it may come across as foolish or reckless.

Example: He bitterly regretted his temerity in braving the danger.

Synonyms: Boldness, Nerve, Audacity, Daring, Foolhardiness

Antonyms: Carefulness, Caution, Fear, Cowardice