ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Nouns for Abstract Concepts

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for ISEE Middle Level Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #151 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

KNACK

Possible Answers:

Likeness

Talent

Mean

Passion

Duty

Correct answer:

Talent

Explanation:

A "knack" is a special talent someone has for something. To provide further help, "likeness" means similarity; "duty" means responsibility; "mean" means average; "passion" means strong emotion

Example Question #152 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

DEFECT

Possible Answers:

Belligerent

Underdog

Culprit

Imperfection

Pacifist

Correct answer:

Imperfection

Explanation:

The word "defect," when used as a noun, means an imperfection, a flaw. When used as a verb "defect" means to leave an organization, to join the other side. To provide further help, a "pacifist" is someone who does not believe in using violence; a "belligerent" is a competitor, an aggressor; a "culprit" is a guilty party, the person who is responsible for the crime; an "underdog" is the person who is expected to lose, not the favorite

Example Question #152 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

GUSTO

Possible Answers:

Veracity

Honesty

Enthusiasm

Lethargy

Apathy

Correct answer:

Enthusiasm

Explanation:

"Gusto" means enthusiasm. To do something "with gusto" means to do something with energy and enthusiasm. To provide further help, "lethargy" means lack of energy; "apathy" means not caring, lack of interest; "veracity" means truthfulness, honesty

Example Question #153 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

PROPHECY

Possible Answers:

Argument

Poison

Prediction

Statement

Antidote

Correct answer:

Prediction

Explanation:

A "prophecy" is a prediction. To provide further help, an "antidote" is a solution to a poison, a cure

Example Question #154 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

ANXIETY

Possible Answers:

Dread

Concern

Envy

Pride

Misery

Correct answer:

Concern

Explanation:

"Anxiety" is a feeling of concern or fear about the future. To provide further help, "envy" is jealousy, wanting what someone else has; "dread" means deep fear. Although "dread" is a somewhat accurate answer, it is more intense in meaning that "concern."

Example Question #155 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

COMPOSURE

Possible Answers:

Calm

Tepid

Haughty

Irate

Mordant

Correct answer:

Calm

Explanation:

"Composure" is the feeling of calmness and self-control. To provide further help, "irate" means very angry; "tepid" means lukewarm, neither hot nor cold; "haughty" means brash, vain and arrogant; "mordant" means scathing, sarcastic and bitter

Example Question #156 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

INSIGHT

Possible Answers:

Ignorance

Awareness

Unkindness

Residual

Remedial

Correct answer:

Awareness

Explanation:

"Insight" means the ability to understand something deeply or in a manner that is not common. This is closest in definition to "awareness." To provide further help, "remedial" means intended to provide assistance to someone struggling; "residual" means remaining, left over; "ignorance" is the absence of knowledge, a lack of understanding

Example Question #157 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

DIVERSITY

Possible Answers:

Gratuity

Complicity

Variety

Enmity

Amnesty

Correct answer:

Variety

Explanation:

"Diversity" is variety, the quality of being varied and having many different types of something. To provide further help, "amnesty" is forgiveness, a pardon for a crime; a "gratuity" is a tip, money left for the waiter at a restaurant; "enmity" is the state of being opposed to something, hostility, discord; "complicity" means the state of being associated with, or partly responsible for, a wrongdoing

Example Question #159 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

PANDEMONIUM

Possible Answers:

Antithesis

Chaos

Cosmos

Rhetoric

Passion

Correct answer:

Chaos

Explanation:

"Pandemonium" means a state of noisy and chaotic turmoil, chaos, mayhem, bedlam. To provide further help, "antithesis" means complete opposite of; the "cosmos" is another name for the universe; "passion" is emotion, usually strong emotion; "rhetoric" is the art of speaking, the style of oration.

Example Question #158 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

MIRAGE

Possible Answers:

Purpose

Debt

Apex

Illusion

Boundary

Correct answer:

Illusion

Explanation:

A "mirage" is an optical illusion, something that appears to be real but is in fact imagined. To provide further help, a "boundary" is something that divides two or more things; "purpose" is reason for doing something; "debt" is money owed; an "apex" is a high point

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