ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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Example Question #55 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

A synonym of "irate" is __________.

Possible Answers:

furious

icy

moving

awkward

lumbering

Correct answer:

furious

Explanation:

"Irate" is an verb that means "feeling or characterized by great anger." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "angry." "Furious" is an adjective that means either "extremely angry" or "full of anger or energy; violent or intense," and because it is the answer choice that is closest in meaning to "irate," "furious" is the correct answer.

Example Question #56 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

A synonym of "glum" is __________.

Possible Answers:

bitter

quiet

melancholy

inveterate

bright

Correct answer:

melancholy

Explanation:

"Glum" is an adjective that means "looking or feeling dejected; morose." So, we need to pick out a answer choice that means something like "morose." While "quiet" might look like a potentially correct answer because someone who is morose might also be quiet, "morose" does not mean the same thing as "quiet," so "quiet" cannot be the correct answer. "Melancholy," however, when used as an adjective, means either "having a feeling of melancholy; sad and pensive" or " causing or expressing sadness; depressing." Because "melancholy" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "glum," "melancholy" is the correct answer.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

LIVID

Possible Answers:

Sullen

Morose

Bashful

Apathetic

Angered

Correct answer:

Angered

Explanation:

If someone is "livid," they are extremely angered by a situation or person in particular. So, "angered" is the correct answer.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

STOIC

Possible Answers:

Stove

Cooked

Unemotional

Chair

Correct answer:

Unemotional

Explanation:

The word "stoic" means not showing emotion. The best choice is "unemotional," which means not demonstrating emotions or not having emotions. Considering the other choices, a "stove" is a machine that generates heat for use, "cooked" means prepared by use of heat, and a "chair" is a seat.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

LEERY

Possible Answers:

Loyal

Untrustworthy

Distrustful 

Naive

Cowardly

Correct answer:

Distrustful 

Explanation:

"Leery" means distrustful of others or of a situation. For example, one might say, "The young woman was leery of the teenagers who hung out around the park and kept sneaking glances at her purse." So, "distrustful" is the correct answer.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

IRATE

Possible Answers:

Positive

Angry

Doubtful

Judgemental

Correct answer:

Angry

Explanation:

The word "irate" means angry. The best choice is "angry," as it is a part of the definition of "irate."

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

TRANQUIL

Possible Answers:

Quilt

Peaceful

Cozy

Bed

Correct answer:

Peaceful

Explanation:

The word "tranquil" means peaceful. The best choice is "peaceful" because it is a part of the definition of "tranquil." Considering the other choices, "cozy" means warm and comfortable, a "quilt" is a bedspread, and a "bed" is a piece of furniture designed to be slept on.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

WARY

Possible Answers:

Garrulous 

Witty 

Cautious 

Enchanting

Rakish 

Correct answer:

Cautious 

Explanation:

"Wary" means cautious, worried, or careful, so "cautious" is the correct answer. To help you, "garrulous" means talkative, "enchanting" means charming, "rakish" means dashing and attractive, and "witty" means quick with words and clever.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

GLOOMY

Possible Answers:

Jubilant

Depressed

Compatible

Passionate

Argumentative

Correct answer:

Depressed

Explanation:

"Gloomy" means sad and depressed, so "depressed" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "gloomy": "jubilant" means extremely happy and joyful; "passionate" means having strong feelings and great energy; "compatible" means able to work together, able to get along, or able to coexist peacefully; and "argumentative" means inclined to fight or disagree.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

IRATE

Possible Answers:

Angry

Wonderful

Worried

Delighted

Correct answer:

Angry

Explanation:

"Irate" is an adjective that means enraged, so the answer closest in meaning to "irate" is "angry," which is an adjective that means showing strong resentment. Considering the other answer choices, none are as close in meaning to "irate" as is "angry": "delighted" is an adjective meaning very pleased; "worried" is adjective meaning concerned; and "wonderful" is an adjective meaning great or marvelous.

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