ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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Example Questions

Example Question #681 : Synonyms

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

SOMBER

Possible Answers:

Irritated

Happy

Tired

Sad

Correct answer:

Sad

Explanation:

"Somber" is an adjective meaning dull, depressing, and/or dark, so the answer closest in meaning to "somber" is "sad," which is an adjective meaning unhappy and sorrowful. Considering the other answer choices, none are close in meaning to "somber": "happy" means pleased and glad; "tired" means somewhat exhausted; and "irritated" means annoyed.

Example Question #682 : Synonyms

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

SULLEN

Possible Answers:

Gloomy

Hopeful

Reserved

Bashful

Angry

Correct answer:

Gloomy

Explanation:

If something is sullen, it means it is gloomy.  For instance, teenagers are quite sullen and moody to the dismay of their parents.

Example Question #683 : Synonyms

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

CRESTFALLEN

Possible Answers:

Afraid

Careful

Bored

Dejected

Cheerful

Correct answer:

Dejected

Explanation:

"Crestfallen" is an adjective that means downhearted, so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like sad. "Cheerful" cannot be the correct answer, then, because "cheerful" means happy, so it is an antonym of sad. "Dejected," however, is an adjective that means sad, and because it is the answer choice that is closest in meaning to "crestfallen," "dejected" is the correct answer.

Example Question #684 : Synonyms

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

ENERGETIC

Possible Answers:

Courageous

Exuberant

Timid

Diligent

Concise

Correct answer:

Exuberant

Explanation:

"Energetic" means lively or exuberant, so "exuberant" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "energetic": "concise" means short and to the point; "timid" means fearful or easily scared; "diligent" means industrious or hard-working; and "courageous" means brave and bold.

Example Question #685 : Synonyms

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

POIGNANT

Possible Answers:

Memorable

Pointed

Hurtful

Distorted

Correct answer:

Memorable

Explanation:

"Poignant" means evoking a keen emotion. Therefore, something that is "poignant" is "memorable," as it has the ability to evoke keen emotions. "Pointed" means sharp or filed and is not a synonym of "poignant." "Distorted" means warped, which is also not a synonym of "poignant." While something that is "hurtful" might have the potential to be "poignant," the words are not synonyms because they do no mean the same thing. "Poignant" refers to evoking emotions, while something that is "hurtful" alludes to physical or emotional pain.

Example Question #686 : Synonyms

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

APPREHENSIVE

Possible Answers:

Dutiful

Pacific

Immaculate

Anxious

Stubborn

Correct answer:

Anxious

Explanation:

"Apprehensive" means anxious or worried about something, so "anxious" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "apprehensive": "pacific" means peaceful and non-violent; "stubborn" means unwilling to change's one mind despite contrary evidence; "immaculate" means extremely clean; and "dutiful" means responsible and willing to fulfill one's duties and tasks.

Example Question #75 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

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

TURBULENT

Possible Answers:

Orderly

Blunt

Tumultuous

Meandering

Repetitive

Correct answer:

Tumultuous

Explanation:

"Turbulent" is an adjective that can mean either "characterized by conflict, disorder, or confusion; not controlled or calm," or when speaking of air or water, "moving unsteadily or violently." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "characterized by disorder" or "moving violently." "Orderly," then, cannot be the correct answer, because "orderly," which means "neatly and methodically arranged" or "of a person or group: well behaved; disciplined," is an antonym of "turbulent," not a synonym. "Tumultuous," however, is an adjective that means either "making a loud, confused noise; uproarious," or "excited, confused, or disorderly." Because "tumultuous" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "turbulent," "tumultuous" is the correct answer.

Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

JUBILANT

Possible Answers:

Very handsome 

Very happy 

Very sad 

Very angry 

Very friendly 

Correct answer:

Very happy 

Explanation:

"Jubilant" means very happy and is related to the words "joy" and "jubilation," which both mean happiness, and "jubilee," which means anniversary.

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

MELANCHOLIC

Possible Answers:

Saddened

Harmonious

Contrary

Persistent

Correct answer:

Saddened

Explanation:

The word "melancholic" means saddened or depressed. The best choice is "saddened" because it is a part of the definition of "melancholy." Considering the other choices, "harmonious" means peaceful, "contrary" means opposite, and "persistent" means tenacious or lasting.

Example Question #693 : Synonyms

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

EBULLIENT

Possible Answers:

Pallid

Exuberant

Common

Lethargic

Correct answer:

Exuberant

Explanation:

An "ebullient" individual is wildly energetic or enthusiastic about something. Since "exuberance" is a word that means great excitement and eagerness to do something, "exuberant" is our synonym in this case. "Common," which is synonymous with ordinary, and "lethargic," which means tired or apathetic, are incorrect choices. "Pallid" means pale and is usually used to describe someone's appearance; for example, you likely appeared pallid the last time you were sick.

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