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 #81 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

CONUNDRUM

Possible Answers:

Enlightenment

Enigma

Cusp

Instrument

Correct answer:

Enigma

Explanation:

A "conundrum" is something that is very difficult to understand. The best choice is "enigma," which means a person or thing that is very difficult to understand. Considering the other choices, "instrument" means an object or tool used to perform a task, often specifically to perform music, "cusp" means edge, and "enlightenment" means the state of having gained knowledge.

Example Question #82 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

AVERSION

Possible Answers:

Dislike

Promote

Enjoy

Suffer

Retire

Correct answer:

Dislike

Explanation:

Things that you have an "aversion" to are things that you have a dislike for, so "dislike" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "aversion": "promote" means support or speak positively about; "retire" means stop working and usually receive benefits after having worked for a very long time; and "suffer" means experience pain and sadness.

Example Question #83 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

PROPHESY

Possible Answers:

Prediction

Domicile

Obesity

Insomniac

Reign

Correct answer:

Prediction

Explanation:

A "prophesy" is a prediction or forecast of the future, so "prediction" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "prophecy": "domicile" means the location at which a person lives permanently; "reign" means the period during which a ruler rules; "obesity" means the medical condition of being overweight; and "insomniac" means someone who regularly has difficulty sleeping.

Example Question #84 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

INCENTIVE

Possible Answers:

Proximity

Oration

Boundary

Motivation

Compliment

Correct answer:

Motivation

Explanation:

"Incentive" is something that motivates or gives a person a reason to do something, so "motivation" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "incentive": "proximity" means closeness or nearness; "boundary" means a line that marks the extent of a region or territory; an "oration" is a formal speech; and a "compliment" is a remark that shows admiration.

Example Question #85 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

DELECTABLE

Possible Answers:

Unspoken

Extraneous

Savory

Abandoned

Audible

Correct answer:

Savory

Explanation:

Something that is "delectable" causes delight, often in relation to one's sense of taste. The word is a favorite of bakers in describing their pastry creations. The word is not related to the word "derelict" (abandoned or negligent).

Example Question #86 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

EPOCH

Possible Answers:

Summit

Riddle

Era

Option

Insomnia

Correct answer:

Era

Explanation:

"Epoch" means era or period of time, so "era" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "epoch": "riddle" means a verbal puzzle; "insomnia" means a condition in which one cannot sleep; "option" means choice or alternative; and "summit" means apex or the highest point of something.

Example Question #87 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

EPOCH

Possible Answers:

Nomad

Literacy

Era

Debris

Enigma

Correct answer:

Era

Explanation:

"Epoch" means a period of time or era, so "era" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "epoch": "debris" means trash or wreckage; an "enigma" is a puzzle or riddle; "literacy" means the knowledge of how to read and write; and a "nomad" is a wanderer or vagrant.

Example Question #88 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

PERIL

Possible Answers:

Humor

Repose

Danger

Safety

Merit

Correct answer:

Danger

Explanation:

"Peril" is an noun that means significant danger, so "danger" is the correct answer.

Example Question #89 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

STAMINA

Possible Answers:

Spirit

Transience

Resignation

Reluctance

Endurance

Correct answer:

Endurance

Explanation:

"Stamina" is a word often seen in an exercise context and it means "endurance" or the ability to persevere. "Resignation" is giving up; "transience" is something that is fleeting; "reluctance" is unwillingness; and "spirit" is enthusiasm.

Example Question #90 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

ELATION

Possible Answers:

Ambivalence

Happiness

Frivolousness

Sadness

Despondency

Correct answer:

Happiness

Explanation:

"Elation" is a feeling of deep happiness, so "happiness" is the correct answer. It is an antonym of "sadness." To help you, "ambivalence" means uncertainty or the presence of conflicting ideas, "despondency" is a feeling of hopelessness and sadness and is almost the complete opposite of "elation," and "frivolousness" means the quality of being unnecessary and wasteful.

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