ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Nouns

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Example Question #251 : Synonyms: Nouns

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

MALADY

Possible Answers:

Damsel

Antidote

Diagnosis

Tincture

Sickness

Correct answer:

Sickness

Explanation:

The word "malady" comes from the Latin word for bad, "malus." Someone who is "maleficent" is someone who wants to cause harm. Whenever someone is filled with "malice," he or she is filled with ill-will, meaning that he or she wants to harm others. A "malady" is something bad—namely, an illness. Hence, the best option among those provided is "sickness."

Example Question #252 : Synonyms: Nouns

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

FACADE

Possible Answers:

Remainder

Building

Fear

Mystery

Illusion

Correct answer:

Illusion

Explanation:

"Facade" is defined as an illusion or false appearance of something. The other word choices are not synonyms for "facade." "Fear" is an emotion of terror, "mystery" is a puzzle or enigma, "remainder" is a surplus, and a "building" is a structure.

Example Question #253 : Synonyms: Nouns

Choose the word or set of words that best completes the following sentence.

I was impressed by the dog's ________________; he was able to jump over hurdles and sprint with ease. 

Possible Answers:

Affability

Friendliness

Posture

Agility

Candor

Correct answer:

Agility

Explanation:

"Agility" is "nimbleness," or ease of movement, which makes this the correct answer. "Candor" means frankness and "affability" means geniality, which is similar to "friendliness." "Posture" is unrelated to these definitions and refers to the position of a body.

Example Question #254 : Synonyms: Nouns

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

VEX

Possible Answers:

Deliver

Annoy

Stifle

Attack

Validate

Correct answer:

Annoy

Explanation:

"Vex" is defined as to irritate or anger, which matches the answer choice "annoy." "Attack" is too strong of a synonym and means instead to assault or strike. "Validate," "deliver," and "stifle" are not related to the word "Vex."

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