Antonyms – English – WBCS Preliminary Question Paper

Antonyms, English WBCS Preliminary Question Paper

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2023

1. Choose the word which is the antonym of ‘Chide’.

(criticize, scold, chastise)

(A) Scold

(B) Chastise

(C) Praise

(D) Arraign




WBCS Preliminary Question – 2022

  1. The antonym of ‘Forgo’ is

(give up, waive)

(A) Claim

(B) Despise

(C) Undergo

(D) Remember


  1. Choose the appropriate antonym of


(love, dote on, cherish)

(A) Love

(B) Like

(C) Hate

(D) Ignore




WBCS Preliminary Question – 2021

14. The antonym of the word ‘weird’ is

(uncanny, unreal)

(A) Normal      

(B) Casual      

(C) Tired     

(D) Worried


20. The antonym of the word ‘superficial’ is

(surface, exterior)

(A) Deep     

(B) Artificial      

(C) Apparent     

(D) True




WBCS Preliminary Question – 2020

19. Add a suitable prefix to ‘Embark’
(begin, start, commence, undertake)
(A) Disembark    (get off, step off, leave)
(B) Unembark
(C) Imembark
(D) Inembark
22. The correct antonym of ‘Lecherous’ is
(lustful, perverted)
(A) Passionate
(B) Dirty
(C) Nasty
(D) Chaste    (virgin, innocent, pure)


WBCS Preliminary Question – 2019

19. Add a suitable prefix to form the opposite of the word
(A) Nonbalance      
(B) Unbalance      
(C) Disbalance     
(D) Imbalance

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2018

13. Mary’s patience and serenity won the admiration of all who saw her
(calmness, peacefulness)
(a) holiness
(b) placidity
(c) agitation   (anxiety, distress)
(d) equanimity

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2017

49. The darkness covered the whole countryside.
(a) Silence
(b) Stillness
(c) Light
(d) Noise

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2016

47. People responded to the leader’s speech with shouts of ecstasy.
(feeling of great happiness, joyful excitement)
(a) Despondency
(b) Despair
(c) Disagreement
(d) Displeasure
48. The appearance of the stranger was forbidding.
(hostile, unwelcoming, unfriendly)
(a) Warm
(b) Kind
(c) Friendly
(d) Amiable    (friendly, cordial)

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2015

45. The crowd felt stupefied by the lecture.
(make unable to think or feel properly)
(a) Engulfed
(b) Entertained
(c) Enthused
(d) Encouraged
46. The silence of the children was
(a) Catnap
(b) Cacophony
(c) Coarse
(d) Cruelty


WBCS Preliminary Question – 2014

42. His point was lost amid the cacophony
(noise, discord)
(a) Music
(b) Discordance
(c) Silence
(d) Crowd
43. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the one underlined below:
The possibility of failure was imminent.
(about to happen, close, near, approaching)
(a) Remote
(b) Inherent
(c) Immediate
(d) Perennial
44. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the one underlined below:
There is abundant scope for improvement.
(a) Ample
(b) Scarce   (in short supply)
(c) Copious
(d) Eternal

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2013

Choose the word opposite in meaning to the underlined word :
40. Transparency is needed in dealing with a matter of public interest.
(a) Haziness
(b) Trauma
(c) Turbulence
(d) Transition
41. The opposite of ‘remote’ is
(a) High
(b) Less
(c) Far
(d) Near
51. Select the pair in the following options, which is set in opposition :
(a) Erroneous – Faulty
(b) Reticent – Silent
(c) Vilify – Slander
(d) None of the above

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2012

39. Select the pair in the following options which is set in opposition:
(a) Liquid – Solid
(b) Enough – Adequate
(c) Entice – Lure
(d) Excess – Surplus

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2011

Choose the word opposite in meaning to the underlined word :
37. Chaos reigned supreme at the football match.
(a) Order
(b) Confusion
(c) Luck
(d) Anarchy
38. The hubbub in the cities makes one tired and irritable.
(noise, confusion, chaos)
(a) Roar
(b) Quiet
(c) Disorder
(d) Disturbance



WBCS Preliminary Question – 2010

34. Select the pair in the following options which is set in opposition :
(a) Pedant — Pedagogic
(b) Humid — Arid
(c) Erroneous — Faulty
(d) Horrible — Horrendous
35. (a) Doggish – Canine
(b) Manly – Virile
(c) Divine – Infernal
(d) Earthly – Terrestrial
36. The prospect of her marriage is remote. The opposite of ‘remote’ in this sentence would be —
(a) High
(b) Less
(c) Far
(d) Near

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2009

33. The high-handed ways of the manager made him an enemy of the people.
(using authority without considering the feelings of others)
(a) Submissive and friendly
(b) Ignorant
(c) Angry
(d) Impatient

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2008

30. Select the pair among the following which is set in opposition:
(a) Gay : Animated
(b) Full : Replete
(c) Surmise : Fact
(d) Generation :Age
(a) Wanton : Restrained
(b) Sardonic : Bitter
(c) Bright : Refulgent
(d) Fetch : Bring
(a) Macabre : Eerie
(b) Abortive : Successful
(c) Secret : Covert
(d) Mock : Rally

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2007

29. The 19th century was the heyday of the renaissance in Bengali.
(prime, peak, high point)
(a) Days of decline
(b) Peak-point
(c) Period of stagnation
(d) Time of up-rise


WBCS Preliminary Question – 2006

Tick the exact opposite of each word given below :
27. Extravagance
(spending money, using resources, luxury)
(a) Rashness
(b) Meanness
(c) Prudence     (cautiousness, thrift)
(d) Excess
28. Humility
(modesty, humbleness)
(a) Rudeness
(b) Vanity
(c) Pride
(d) Arrogance
28. The opposite of help is
(a) Hate
(b) Helpless
(c) Hindrance     (resistance, obstruction)
(d) Stop

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2005

25. The boy wore a dismal look after having failed to clear the final examination.
(dim, dark, gloomy)
(a) Despondent
(b) Solemn
(c) Beautiful
(d) Cheerful
26. The liberal views of the leader did not find favour with a section of his party.
(a) Biased
(b) Prejudiced
(c) Conservative
(d) Backward

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2004

22. We had a rich diet there.
(a) Poor
(b) Plain
(c) Simple
(d) Lean
23. He had a sharp attack of fever.
(a) Sudden
(b) Mild
(c) Intermittent
(d) Slow
24. He spoke in a whisper.
(a) Shout
(b) Murmur
(c) Rumble
(d) Roar


WBCS Preliminary Question – 2003

17. He is very sagacious for such a young person.
(wise, clever, intelligent)
(a) Foolish
(b) Bitter
(c) Voracious
(d) Veracious
18. I find writing this book to be an odious task.
(extremely unpleasant)
(a) Stimulating
(b) Satisfactory
(c) Nice
(d) Delightful
19. Parents should not belittle their children’s early attempts at drawing.
(dismiss as unimportant)
(a) Magnify
(b) Encourage    (give support or confidence)
(c) Extol
(d) Flatter
20. The Glitter and opulence of the Ballroom took Cinderella’s breath away.
(great wealth or luxuriousness)
(a) Potency
(b) Glamour
(c) Poverty
(d) Squalor
21. Philosophical work are cerebral in nature and require much thought.
(intellectual rather than emotional or physical)
(a) Spiritual
(b) Intellectual
(c) Carnal    (relating to physical, especially sexua)
(d) Sensational

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2002

14. It was an arduous task.
(difficult, hard, heavy)
(a) Difficult
(b) Problematic
(c) Effortless
(d) Fitting
15. Many people prefer a vegetarian diet.
(a) Desire
(b) Taste
(c) Abhor    (hate)
(d) Like
16. The truck was traveling at a trot.
(with reference to a horse or other quadruped)
(a) At break-neck speed
(b) At a snail’s pace
(c) Slowly
(d) Leisurely


WBCS Preliminary Question – 2001

10. We were served a rich jare in the dinner.
(a) Poor
(b) Plain
(c) Tasteless
(d) Unpleasant
11. He was rather reluctant to help me.
(unwilling, hesitant, disinclined)
(a) Willing
(b) Ready
(c) Eager     (keen, strongly wanting)
(d) Inclined
12 . The barber was a most loquacious man.
(talkative, garrulous)
(a) Taciturn    (untalkative, quiet)
(b) Reserved
(c) Quiet
(d) Tongue-tied
13. The gentle had aristocratic manners.
(a) Coarse
(b) Democratic
(c) Base
(d) Plebeian   (a commoner)

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2000

7. This proposal seems practicable
(feasible, possible)
(a) Realistic
(b) Expensive
(c) Unfamiliar
(d) Unfeasible
8. His conduct was always been licentious.
(dissolute, dissipated)
(a) Controlled
(b) Uncontrolled
(c) Illegal
(d) Unofficial
9. Mr. Singh’s report was at odd with Mr. Sharmas’
(a) Consistent with
(b) Conflicting
(c) As peculiar as
(d) As simple as



WBCS Preliminary Question – 1999

1. The President is the nominal head of the state.
(formal, token, symbolic)
(a) Actual
(b) Titular
(c) Assumptive
(d) Hereditary
2. The travelers were served tender meat by their host.
(gentleness, kindness)
(a) Raw
(b) Tough
(c) Cooked
(d) Well-done
3. Her conduct in this affair was inconsistent with her usual politeness and gentleness.
(not staying the same throughout)
(a) At variance with
(b) In accordance
(c) Incompatible
(d) Contrary to
4. Towards the end of his career, he seemed to be constantly out of luck.
(a) Happy
(b) Thriving
(c) Fortunate
(d) Miserable
5. My parents are quite old-fashioned in their views.
(a) Antiquated
(b) Conservative
(c) Modern
(d) Fresh
6. The child was reluctant to listen to his elders.
(unwilling, disinclined)
(a) Slow
(b) Willing
(c) Unable
(d) Hesitant
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