Enrich Your Spanish Vocabulary: Synonyms and Antonyms

There are thousands of words in Spanish (a Spanish dictionary typically has around 100,000 words). Of course, many of them are seldom used, but many more can be used interchangeably to enrich our communication; these words are called "synonyms".


Spanish Synonyms


A synonym is a word that means the same, or approximately the same, as another word in the same language. The word "synonym" comes from Ancient Greek words syn ("with") and onoma ("name").


Synonyms are very useful because they can show different variations of the same meaning.


You may never use the term "synonym" but we use synonyms all the time in our speaking and writing. There are a lot of advantages to putting some focus on synonyms. When we describe something or someone, we don't like to use the same word repeatedly, so a grasp of synonyms will help you reduce redundancy when speaking and become a clear communicator. Using Spanish synonyms can help you improve your writing and vocabulary skills if you are planning to take any Spanish Proficiency Test.


Here are a few examples of popular Spanish synonyms. Look at all the words Spanish has to say:


  • Happy - feliz, contento, alegre, dichoso, jovial.

  • Beautiful - bonito, bello, precioso, hermoso, lindo.

  • Good - bueno, benéfico, provechoso, excelente, favorable.

We publish regularly different Spanish synonyms in our Pinterest account.


Spanish Antonyms


On the other hand, an antonym is a word that has the opposite meaning of another word. The word “antonym” comes from the Greek words anti (“opposite”) and onym (“name”).


Learning Spanish antonyms helps you understand what others are saying if they use flaunting language instead of plain Spanish. It also encourages you to think of other ways to say the same expression and advances your vocabulary.


Here are a few examples of Spanish antonyms:


  • Hot / cold - caliente / frío

  • Young / old - joven / viejo

  • Cheap / expensive - barato / caro

  • Good / bad - bueno / malo

  • Better / worse - mejor / peor

You can also find many more Spanish antonyms in our Pinterest account.



Do you know any Spanish synonym or antonym?


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