How to get synonyms/antonyms from NLTK WordNet in Python?

WordNet is a large lexical database of English. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms (synsets), each expressing a distinct concept. Synsets are interlinked by means of conceptual-semantic and lexical relations.
WordNet’s structure makes it a useful tool for computational linguistics and natural language processing.

WordNet superficially resembles a thesaurus, in that it groups words together based on their meanings. However, there are some important distinctions.

  • First, WordNet interlinks not just word forms—strings of letters—but specific senses of words. As a result, words that are found in close proximity to one another in the network are semantically disambiguated.
  • Second, WordNet labels the semantic relations among words, whereas the groupings of words in a thesaurus does not follow any explicit pattern other than meaning similarity.

# First, you're going to need to import wordnet:
from nltk.corpus import wordnet
# Then, we're going to use the term "program" to find synsets like so:
syns = wordnet.synsets("program")
# An example of a synset:
# Just the word:
# Definition of that first synset:
# Examples of the word in use in sentences:

The output will look like:
a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished
[‘they drew up a six-step plan’, ‘they discussed plans for a new bond issue’]

Next, how might we discern synonyms and antonyms to a word? The lemmas will be synonyms, and then you can use .antonyms to find the antonyms to the lemmas. As such, we can populate some lists like:

import nltk
from nltk.corpus import wordnet
synonyms = []
antonyms = []
for syn in wordnet.synsets("good"):
    for l in syn.lemmas():
        if l.antonyms():


The output will be two sets of synonyms and antonyms
{‘beneficial’, ‘just’, ‘upright’, ‘thoroughly’, ‘in_force’, ‘well’, ‘skilful’, ‘skillful’, ‘sound’, ‘unspoiled’, ‘expert’, ‘proficient’, ‘in_effect’, ‘honorable’, ‘adept’, ‘secure’, ‘commodity’, ‘estimable’, ‘soundly’, ‘right’, ‘respectable’, ‘good’, ‘serious’, ‘ripe’, ‘salutary’, ‘dear’, ‘practiced’, ‘goodness’, ‘safe’, ‘effective’, ‘unspoilt’, ‘dependable’, ‘undecomposed’, ‘honest’, ‘full’, ‘near’, ‘trade_good’} {‘evil’, ‘evilness’, ‘bad’, ‘badness’, ‘ill’}

Now , let’s compare the similarity index of any two words

import nltk
from nltk.corpus import wordnet
# Let's compare the noun of "ship" and "boat:"
w1 = wordnet.synset('run.v.01') # v here denotes the tag verb
w2 = wordnet.synset('sprint.v.01')


w1 = wordnet.synset('ship.n.01')
w2 = wordnet.synset('boat.n.01') # n denotes noun


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