HSPT Verbal : Antonyms

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Example Question #1 : Antonyms

Abet means the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

condone

prevent

incite

instigate

Correct answer:

prevent

Explanation:

"Condone," "instigate,"  and "incite" are synonyms of "abet." "Abet" means to assist or aid in wrongdoing. "Prevent" means to stop something from being completed.

Example Question #2 : Antonyms

Affable is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

amiable

courteous

genial

unfriendly

Correct answer:

unfriendly

Explanation:

"Courteous," "amiable," and "genial" are all synonyms of affable. "Affable" means pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to.

"Unfriendly" means not friendly or kindly in disposition.

Example Question #3 : Antonyms

Adamant is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

flexible

resolute

insistant

determined

Correct answer:

flexible

Explanation:

"Insistent," "determined," and "resolute" are synonyms of adamant. "Adamant" means utterly unyielding in attitude of opinion

"Flexible" means willing or disposed to yield.

Example Question #4 : Antonyms

Ameliorate is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

aggravate

alleviate

lighten

mitigate

Correct answer:

aggravate

Explanation:

"Alleviate," "lighten," and "mitigate" are synonyms of ameliorate. "Ameliorate" means to make or become better.

"Aggravate" means to make worse or more severe.

Example Question #5 : Antonyms

Cacophony is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

discord 

noise

harmony

harshness

Correct answer:

harmony

Explanation:

"Noise," "discord," and "harshness" are synonyms of cacophony. "Cacophony" is a harsh discordance of sound

"Harmony" is consistent, orderly, or pleasant arrangement of parts.

Example Question #6 : Antonyms

Candid is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

biased

honest

forthright

impartial

Correct answer:

biased

Explanation:

"Blunt," "impartial," and "forthright" are synonyms of candid. "Candid" means frank, outspoken, open, and sincere.

"Biased" means having or showing prejudice, or not being open.

Example Question #7 : Antonyms

Cogitate means the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

conceive

brainstorm

disregard

ponder

Correct answer:

disregard

Explanation:

"Ponder," "conceive," and "brainstorm" are synonyms of cogitate. "Cogitate" means to think hard, ponder, or metitate about a problem.

"Disregard" means to pay no attention to something.

Example Question #8 : Antonyms

Innocuous means the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

banal

inoffensive

injurious

insipid

Correct answer:

injurious

Explanation:

"Banal," "insipid," and "inoffensive" are synomyms of innocuous. "Innocuous" means unlikely to cause harm or injury, while "injurious" means harmful.

Example Question #9 : Antonyms

Ire is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

exasperation

calm

annoyance

displeasure

Correct answer:

calm

Explanation:

"Annoyance," "displeasure," and "exasperation" are synonyms of ire. "Ire" means  anger, while "calm" means peaceful.

Example Question #10 : Antonyms

Intrepid means the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

plucky

heroic

courageous

cowardly

Correct answer:

cowardly

Explanation:

"Plucky," "heroic," and "courageous" are synonyms of intrepid. "Intrepid" means invulnerable to fear or intimidation, while "cowardly" means lacking courage.

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