HSPT Verbal : Antonyms

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for HSPT Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #63 : Hspt Verbal Skills

Jocular is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

humorous

gloomy

jovial

cheerful

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 #64 : Hspt Verbal Skills

Jubilant is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

depressed

euphoric

triumphant

joyous

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 #65 : Hspt Verbal Skills

Laudable means the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

praiseworthy

creditable

unworthy

commendable

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 #66 : Hspt Verbal Skills

Mundane is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

abnormal

prosaic

humdrum

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 #67 : Hspt Verbal Skills

Odious is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

attractive

vile

abhorrent

loathsome

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 #68 : Hspt Verbal Skills

Paragon is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

apotheosis

exemplar

epitome

flaw

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 #69 : Hspt Verbal Skills

Petty is the opposite of __________.

Possible Answers:

minor

frivolous

greater

lesser

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 #70 : Hspt Verbal Skills

An antonym for sapid is __________.

Possible Answers:

exhausted

drained

exciting

bland

filled

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 #71 : Hspt Verbal Skills

An antonym for dull is __________.

Possible Answers:

stimulating

whittled

foolish

stupid

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 #72 : Hspt Verbal Skills

An antonym for ebony is __________.

Possible Answers:

viscous

organic

skeletal

gelatinous

white

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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