HSPT Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives and Adverbs

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

"Inelastic" most nearly means __________.

Possible Answers:

rubbery

rigid

wooden

metallic

resilient

Correct answer:

rigid

Explanation:

In its physical sense, the word "elastic" means bendable or flexible. Hence, we use it to describe things like "elastic bands" that are used for gathering together items. When something is "inelastic" it is not flexible in that way. The "in-" prefix is a privative prefix, meaning that it means not. (This is much like the prefix "un-.") Therefore, something that is "inelastic" could be said to be rigid.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

"Chimerical" most nearly means __________.

Possible Answers:

lucid

illusory

inorganic

amazing

laconic

Correct answer:

illusory

Explanation:

A "chimera" is a kind of mythological creature, but generally the word has come to signify something that cannot possibly occur or exist in reality. Therefore, when something is described as being "chimerical," it is an illusion—something "illusory."

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

"Scintillating" most nearly means __________.

Possible Answers:

languid

beautiful

luminous

fecund

engrossing

Correct answer:

luminous

Explanation:

The word "scintillating" comes from the Latin word for "spark" (as in a spark of fire or light). Something that is scintillating has the kind of spark or glow of such a fire. Therefore, it means bright. Something that is "luminous" is very bright or enlightened.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

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

MACABRE

Possible Answers:

Gruesome

Understated

Panicked

Methodical

Protective

Correct answer:

Gruesome

Explanation:

“Macabre” means gruesome, horrifying, or pertaining to death, so "gruesome" is the correct answer. None of the other answers are close in meaning to “macabre”. “Understated” means modest or simple. “Protective” means defensive or shielding. “Panicked” means frightened. “Methodical” means systematic. 

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

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

OPULENT

Possible Answers:

Sumptuous

Opaque

Putrid

Complex

Benevolent

Correct answer:

Sumptuous

Explanation:

"Opulent" is an adjective that means lavish, and since "sumptuous" means expensive-looking, it is the answer choice closest in meaning to "opulent," so it is the correct answer.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

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

IMPERVIOUS

Possible Answers:

Insignificant

Unaffected

Independent

Flawless

Stained

Correct answer:

Unaffected

Explanation:

"Impervious" means not letting things pass through, or unaffected by something. One might write, "While everyone else got sick, Michael seemed impervious to germs."

Example Question #56 : Synonyms

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

SINEWY

Possible Answers:

Stringy

Brief

Upright

Ecstatic

Vulgar

Correct answer:

Stringy

Explanation:

"Sinewy" means tough, stringy, or strong.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

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

GARISH

Possible Answers:

Severe

Proper

Delightful

Lurid

Frightening

Correct answer:

Lurid

Explanation:

"Garish" means too bright and showy, and the correct answer "lurid" means having a color so bright that it is unpleasant. The other choices do not have similar definitions: "delightful" means fun and joyful, "proper" means appropriate, "severe" means harsh, and "frightening" means scary.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

"Cogent" most nearly means __________.

Possible Answers:

compelling

cultured

active

amazing

precarious

Correct answer:

compelling

Explanation:

The word "cogent" is generally used to describe an argument that someone might be making. It means logical or convincing. An example sentence would be, "After he presented the facts, his argument seemed to be quite cogent. Therefore, I agreed with his decision and followed his instructions." Such an argument is also "compelling," meaning something like irresistible—as though the argument is so strong that it cannot be "overcome."

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

"Abstract" most nearly means __________.

Possible Answers:

intelligent

intuitive

theoretical

distinct

pedantic

Correct answer:

theoretical

Explanation:

The word "abstract" literally means to pull away from. (Surprisingly, it comes from the same root as the word "tractor.") An abstract idea "pulls away" information from our immediate experience into more general categories of thought. It is therefore somewhat theoretical or conceptual in nature. The "abstract" notion of "human person" is very general and theoretical in comparison with a concrete person who stands directly in front of us.

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