HSPT Verbal : Antonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Truth, Existence, and Understanding

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Example Question #4 : Antonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

An antonym of "veracious" is __________.

Possible Answers:

immense

maximal

deceitful

minimal

reflected

Correct answer:

deceitful

Explanation:

Most of the wrong answers are trying to make you think that the "ver-" at the beginning of "veracious" is the same as "very." However, this comes from the Latin for truth. Someone is called "veracious" when he or she is truthful. (Likewise, words are called "veracious" when they are truthful.) The best contrast to this is "deceitful," which is quite opposed to being truthful.

Example Question #5 : Antonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

An antonym of "authentic" is __________.

Possible Answers:

upright

regulated

forgery

despised

believable

Correct answer:

forgery

Explanation:

When something is authentic, it is accepted as being genuine—not judged as being a fake version of something. Sometimes, people will speak of a person as being "authentic," implying that he or she is not fake in his or her self-presentation; however, for this question, the general sense is "authentic" as genuine. A forgery is far from being a genuine version—it is a faked version meant to trick people. (Think of a forged signature.)

Example Question #6 : Antonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

An antonym of "nascent" is __________.

Possible Answers:

dying

overcome

forging

waxing

destroyed

Correct answer:

dying

Explanation:

The word "nascent" comes from roots similar to those of "natal" and "nativity." These words all have to do with birth or coming to birth. Here, the sense is of something that is coming into existence—a nascent idea or a nascent personality trait (or something else of the like). In contrast to this, something dying is ending its time of existence and development.

Example Question #7 : Antonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

An antonym to "illiterate" is __________.

Possible Answers:

humble

educated

loud

persistent

suspicious

Correct answer:

educated

Explanation:

"Illiterate" means not literate or able to read. Since literacy is a basic part of education, an illiterate person is almost certain to be uneducated. None of the other words are relevant to the idea of literacy.

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