HSPT Verbal : Antonyms

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for HSPT Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Antonyms

Jocular is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

gloomy

jovial

cheerful

humorous

Correct answer:

gloomy

Explanation:

"Jovial," "cheerful," and "humorous" are synonyms of jocular. "Jocular" means to be characterized by jokes or good humor, while "gloomy" means to be characterized by a sad or dejected nature.

Example Question #11 : Antonyms

Jubilant is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

depressed

euphoric

joyous

triumphant

Correct answer:

depressed

Explanation:

"Joyous," "euphoric," and "triumphant" are synonyms of jubilant. "Jubilant" means full of high-spirited delight, while "depressed" means dejected or downcast.

Example Question #12 : Antonyms

Laudable means the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

unworthy

creditable

commendable

praiseworthy

Correct answer:

unworthy

Explanation:

"Creditable," "commendable," and "praiseworthy" are synonyms of laudable. "Laudable" means to be worthy of high praise, while "unworthy" means lacking worth or excellence.

Example Question #11 : Antonyms

Mundane is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

humdrum

prosaic

abnormal

banal

Correct answer:

abnormal

Explanation:

"Prosaic," "banal," and "humdrum" are synonyms of mundane. "Mundane" means found in the ordinary course of events, while "abnormal" means not normal or typical.

Example Question #12 : Antonyms

Odious is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

abhorrent

attractive

loathsome

vile

Correct answer:

attractive

Explanation:

"Abhorrent," "vile," and "loathsome" are synonyms of odious. Odious means unequivocally detestable, while "attractive" means providing pleasure or delight

Example Question #15 : Antonyms

Paragon is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

flaw

exemplar

epitome

apotheosis

Correct answer:

flaw

Explanation:

"Epitome," "apotheosis," and "exemplar" are synonyms of paragon. "Paragon" means an ideal instance or a perfect embodiment of a concept, while "flaw" is a feature that mars the perfection of something.

Example Question #16 : Antonyms

Petty is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

minor

greater

lesser

frivolous

Correct answer:

greater

Explanation:

"Minor," "lesser," and "frivolous" are synonyms of petty. "Petty" means of little or no importance, while "greater" means to be of a high degree or importance.

Example Question #13 : Antonyms

An antonym for sapid is __________.

Possible Answers:

drained

filled

exhausted

exciting

bland

Correct answer:

bland

Explanation:

Something that is sapid has a strong, pleasant taste. The best antonym for this word would be “bland,” which means uninteresting or—more appropriate for this antonym—mildly flavored or flavorless. Do not confuse “sapid” with “sapped,” which can mean “drained of energy.” 

Example Question #14 : Antonyms

An antonym for dull is __________.

Possible Answers:

stupid

whittled

foolish

stimulating

rounded

Correct answer:

stimulating

Explanation:

Something that is dull lacks excitement. The meaning is often transferred to apply to a person who is “plodding” or unexciting, generally implying that such a person does not have much in the way of intellectual capacities. There is nothing among the options provided that given an antonym for this latter sense of “dull,” so it must be used in the former. (Note that “foolish” and “stupid” are trap answers trying to get you to choose a potential synonym—not an antonym). The opposite of “lacking excitement” is well captured by the common word “stimulating,” which means “arousing interest or excitement.”

Example Question #15 : Antonyms

An antonym for ebony is __________.

Possible Answers:

gelatinous

organic

viscous

white

skeletal

Correct answer:

white

Explanation:

Ebony is a very dark brown or black type of tree or the timber taken from it, though it is often used as a noun that means “a very dark brown or black color.” Thus, the best antonym for this word is “white”—as simple as that might seem! Definitely do not read “ebony” as having anything to do with “bones.” Otherwise, you will start to consider all of the other trap answers, which are far from correct.

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