SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adverbs

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Example Question #1529 : Synonyms

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

VEHEMENTLY

Possible Answers:

calmly

rapidly

reluctantly

passionately

truthfully

Correct answer:

passionately

Explanation:

"Vehemently" means with strong feeling or passion.

Example Question #1530 : Synonyms

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

MERELY

Possible Answers:

solely

maliciously

politely

disappointing

trifling

Correct answer:

solely

Explanation:

"Merely" is an adverb meaning just, only, or solely.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

ROUNDLY

Possible Answers:

Marginally

Openly

Falsely

Cheerfully

Emphatically

Correct answer:

Emphatically

Explanation:

"Roundly" means done in an emphatic or vehement way.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

VICIOUSLY

Possible Answers:

Invincible

Visibly

Heart-rending

Ferociously

Vicinity

Correct answer:

Ferociously

Explanation:

"Viciously" and "ferociously" are synonymous adverbs describing a savage, violent or destructive way of performing an action, attacking viciously, for example. The other words do not share this meaning. In fact, some of the other answer choices are not even adverbs. 

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

THOUGHTFULLY

Possible Answers:

Hurriedly

Viciously

Ferociously

Pensively

Frantically

Correct answer:

Pensively

Explanation:

"Thoughtfully" and "pensively" are synonymous adverbs referring to doing something in a considered and intelligent manner. The other words do not have related meanings. In fact, they have meaning that are opposite to "thoughtfully."

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

ELUSIVELY

Possible Answers:

Immediately

Skillfully

Evasively

Despairingly

Mysteriously

Correct answer:

Evasively

Explanation:

"Elusive" and "evasive" are synonyms meaning difficult to catch. "Despairing" means hopeless, and "mysterious" means difficult or impossible to explain. "Skillful" means expert or accomplished. "Immediate" means instantaneous.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

PRESENTLY

Possible Answers:

Recently

Generously

Soon

Urgently

Exotically

Correct answer:

Soon

Explanation:

"Presently" can mean currently, but it can also mean directly or soon. Although the word does express a time relationship, it does not mean "recently." "Exotic" means foreign, and "generous" means giving. "Urgent" means dire or pressing.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

EXPERTLY

Possible Answers:

Extremely

Cleverly

Presently

Skillfully

Pretentiously

Correct answer:

Skillfully

Explanation:

"Expert" means skilled or skillful. While an "expert" may be "clever," the two words are not synonymous. "Pretentious" means pretending to be more important or cultured than one actually is. "Presently" means soon or currently. "Very" and "extremely" are synonyms.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

BELLIGERENTLY

Possible Answers:

Punishingly

Aggressive

Drably

Damply

Stickily

Correct answer:

Aggressive

Explanation:

"Belligerent" means aggressive and hostile. "Punishing" means arduous, demanding, or taxing. "Damp" and "dry" are antonyms, and "drab" and "colorful" are antonyms. "Sticky" means gluey.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

GROTESQUELY

Possible Answers:

Gruesomely

Faithfully

Treacherous

Wickedly

Amenably

Correct answer:

Gruesomely

Explanation:

"Grotesque" means gruesome or disfigured. "Amenable" means cooperative. "Wicked" means sinful or evil. "Treacherous" means traitorous or disloyal, which is the opposite of "faithful."

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