SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adverbs

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SSAT Middle Level Verbal

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adverbs

A synonym of "plumb" is . . .

Possible Answers:

fruit

horizontal

vex

bilk

utterly

Correct answer:

utterly

Explanation:

"Plumb" is an adverb that means "exactly" when used informally, we need to pick out a word which means something like "exactly." While "fruit" may look like an appealing answer because "plumb" is pronounced in exactly the same way as "plum," a kind of fruit, "plumb" and "plum" mean completely different things, so "fruit" cannot be the correct answer. Since "utterly" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "plumb," "utterly" is the correct answer.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

GINGERLY

Possible Answers:

Hastily

Cautiously

Fastening 

Gingery

Reddening

Correct answer:

Cautiously

Explanation:

If you do something “gingerly,” you do it cautiously or carefully. Do not confuse it with, "gingery," which means related to the spice ginger. To clarify the other terms, “reddening” means turning red, such as when blushing; a “fastening” is something you use to affix things together; “hastily” means hurriedly or quickly.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adverbs

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

URGENTLY

Possible Answers:

Dangerously

Tenderly

Frighteningly

Vocationally

Pressingly

Correct answer:

Pressingly

Explanation:

If something is "urgent," it demands immediate or pressing attention. "Frightening" means scary, "dangerous" means risky, and "tender" means gentle. "Vocational" means relating to a job or occupation.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adverbs

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

ELEGANTLY

Possible Answers:

Squeamishly

Blindly

Richly

Tastelessly

Sophisticatedly

Correct answer:

Sophisticatedly

Explanation:

"Elegant" can mean graceful, stylish, or sophisticated. "Squeamish" means easily made sick or queasy. A synonym for "rich" is affluent. "Tasteless" means lacking in either flavor or good judgment.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Adverbs

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

SELFISHLY

Possible Answers:

Cumulatively

Selflessly

Grandly

Abashedly

Egocentrically

Correct answer:

Egocentrically

Explanation:

To be "selfish" is to lack concern for others, to be egocentric. "Abashed" means embarrassed or ashamed. "Selfless" is the opposite of selfish. "Cumulative" means growing by accumulation. "Grand" means large and impressive.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adverbs

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

EXCITEDLY

Possible Answers:

Severally

Profusely

Meekly

Patiently

Enthusiastically

Correct answer:

Enthusiastically

Explanation:

"Excitedly" means enthusiastically or eagerly. "Profusely" means excessively or extravagantly. "Meekly" means mildly or timidly. "Severally" means individually or separately. "Patient" means enduring difficulty or challenges with calmness.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adverbs

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

BLEAKLY

Possible Answers:

Loudly

Alarmingly

Desolately

Comfortingly

Classically

Correct answer:

Desolately

Explanation:

Something "bleak" is bare, desolate, or stark. Something "comforting" is reassuring and alleviates distress. Something "loud" is noisy, something "classical" is traditional and well established, and something "alarming" is worrisome or disturbing.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adverbs

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

GRIMLY

Possible Answers:

Deviously

Darkly

Excessively

Qualitatively

Underhandedly

Correct answer:

Darkly

Explanation:

"Grim" has a number of meanings: forbidding, dark, humorless, dreadful, and dire. "Excessive" means too much. "Qualitative," the opposite of quantitative refers to properties that aren't able to be measured numerically. "Underhanded" means dishonest or secretive, and "devious" means skillfully underhanded.

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Adverbs

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

PROFUSELY

Possible Answers:

Problematically

Sneakily

Plentifully

Eagerly

Joyfully

Correct answer:

Plentifully

Explanation:

"Profusely" means abundantly, plentifully, or even lavishly. A synonym for "joyful" is jubilant, and a synonym for "eager" is enthusiastic. "Sneakily" means in a sly or deceitful manner. "Problematic" means containing or presenting problems.

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Adverbs

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

EMOTIONALLY

Possible Answers:

Irrationally

Rapidly

Passionately

Sickly

Unfeelingly

Correct answer:

Passionately

Explanation:

"Emotional" can mean relating to emotions, but it can also mean ardent, passionate, moving, or touching. It does not necessarily mean irrational. "Rapidly" means quickly, and "irrational" means not governed by reason or rationality. "Sickly" and "unhealthy" are synonyms of each other, as are "unfeeling" and "unsympathetic."

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