SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Synonyms

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

LEWD

Possible Answers:

directionless

misleading

absolve

vulgar

noisy

Correct answer:

vulgar

Explanation:

Lewd means vulgar.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Synonyms

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

TEDIOUS

Possible Answers:

boring

trapped

forgiven

upset

disgusting

Correct answer:

boring

Explanation:

"Tedious" means boring or dull.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

A synonym of "burgeoning" is __________.

Possible Answers:

escalating

bubbling

closing

drying

declining

Correct answer:

escalating

Explanation:

"Burgeon" is a verb that means "beginning to grow or increase rapidly, flourishing," or "putting forth young shoots; budding" when used of plants, so we need to pick out another adjective that means something like "flourishing." Since "escalating" means "increase rapidly" or "become or cause to become more intense or serious," "escalating" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "burgeoning," so it is the correct answer.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

A synonym of “engrossed” is __________.

Possible Answers:

bored

gleeful

riveted

fortunate

measured

Correct answer:

riveted

Explanation:

“Engrossed” is an adjective that means “having all one’s attention or interest absorbed by someone or something.” So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “absorbed.” That means that “bored” cannot be the correct answer, because “bored” is an adjective that means “feeling weary because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one’s current activity,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “engrossed.” “Riveted,” however, is an adjective that can mean “attracted and completely engrossed,” and because “riveted” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “engrossed,” “riveted” is the correct answer.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

A synonym of “null” is __________.

Possible Answers:

demonstrable

jagged

valid

void

pernicious

Correct answer:

void

Explanation:

“Null” is a word that can be used as an adjective, noun, or verb, but because all of the potential answer choices are adjectives, we will need to consider “null” as an adjective. When used as an adjective, “null” means either “having no legal or binding force; invalid” or “having or associated with the value zero.” So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “cancelled” or “associated with the value zero.” That means that “valid” cannot be the correct answer, because “valid” can mean “legally binding due to having been executed in compliance with the law” or “legally or officially acceptable,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “null.” “Void,” however, when used as an adjective, means “not valid or legally binding,” and because “void” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “null,” “void” is the correct answer.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

A synonym of “ingrained” is __________.

Possible Answers:

entrenched

gregarious

pungent

transient

superb

Correct answer:

entrenched

Explanation:

“Ingrained” is an adjective that can mean either “firmly fixed or established; difficult to change” when referring to a habit, belief, or attitude, or “deeply embedded and thus difficult to remove” when referring to dirt or a stain. So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “difficult to change” or “deeply embedded.” That means that “transient” cannot be the correct answer, because “transient” means “lasting only for a short time; impermanent,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “ingrained.” “Entrenched,” however, is an adjective that is used of an attitude, habit, or belief and means “firmly established and difficult or unlikely to change; ingrained.” Because “entrenched” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “ingrained,” “entrenched” is the correct answer.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

A synonym of “insidious” is __________.

Possible Answers:

pernicious

mechanical

overt

convenient

potential

Correct answer:

pernicious

Explanation:

“Insidious” is an adjective that can mean either “proceeding subtly, but with harmful effects” or “treacherous and crafty,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “subtly harmful” or “treacherous.” That means that “overt” cannot be the correct answer, because “overt” means “done or shown openly; plainly or readily apparent, not secret or hidden,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “insidious.” “Pernicious,” however, is an adjective that means “having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way,” and because “pernicious” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “insidious,” “pernicious” is the correct answer.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Synonyms: choose the answer that is closest in meaning to the word in question.

Contaminated

Possible Answers:

Productive

Drinkable

Polluted

Clean

Random

Correct answer:

Polluted

Explanation:

"Contaminated" means polluted.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Synonyms: choose the answer that is closest in meaning to the word in question.

Toxic

Possible Answers:

Important

Helpful

Harmful

Friendly

Corrupted

Correct answer:

Harmful

Explanation:

"Toxic" means harmful or poisonous.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Synonyms: choose the answer that is closest in meaning to the word in question.

Deliberate

Possible Answers:

Harmful

Treacherous

Accidental

Illegal

Intentional

Correct answer:

Intentional

Explanation:

"Deliberate" means intentional; Accidental means unintentional; Harmful means causing harm; Treacherous means dangerous; and Illegal means not lawful.

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