ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Roots from Latin

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #21 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

VERBOSE

Possible Answers:

Nurturing

Reliant

Wordy

Cozy

Deadly

Correct answer:

Wordy

Explanation:

"Verbose" means overly wordy, so "wordy" is the correct answer.

Example Question #22 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

VIVACIOIUS

Possible Answers:

Somber

Ventilate

Advocate

Casual

Lively

Correct answer:

Lively

Explanation:

"Vivacious" is defined as animated and gay.  This is similar to "lively."

Example Question #21 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

Synonyms: Choose the word or phrase that most closely matches the word in capital letters.

SALABLE

Possible Answers:

Able to be tasted

Able to be sold

Able to be smelled

Able to be seen

Able to be taught

Correct answer:

Able to be sold

Explanation:

The suffix "able-" means able to be and the prefix "sal-" relates to selling or being sold; therefore, “salable” means able to be sold

Example Question #24 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

ECCENTRIC

Possible Answers:

Sporadic

Occasional

Irregular

Commonplace

Casual

Correct answer:

Irregular

Explanation:

Something that is "eccentric" is bizarre or "irregular." The other answer choices are not as fitting and have different meanings from "eccentric" or peculiar. They are as follows: "occasional" means occurring sometimes; "sporadic" means taking place off and on; and "commonplace" means ordinary.

Example Question #25 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

PRIMITIVE

Possible Answers:

Essential

Pivotal

Rudimentary

Contemporary

Premier

Correct answer:

Rudimentary

Explanation:

Something that is "primitive" is rudimentary and ancient, so "rudiementary" is the correct answer. As for the other answer choices, none are close in meaning to "primitive": "premier," when used as an adjective, means primary in importance; "pivotal" means crucial; and "contemporary" means modern or existing at the same time as.

Example Question #271 : Synonyms

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

PACIFY

Possible Answers:

Assist

Confound

Despise

Calm

Bewilder

Correct answer:

Calm

Explanation:

"Pacify" means make calm or bring peace to, so "calm" (here used as a verb) is the correct answer. To help you, "despise" means hate deeply, and "bewilder" and "confound" are synonyms which both mean confuse.

Example Question #27 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

LUMINOUS

Possible Answers:

Secretive

Dark

Bright

Enlivened

Lonely

Correct answer:

Bright

Explanation:

Something that is "luminous" is light and bright whereas "dark" is the exact opposite of "luminous." To be "enlivened" is to be awakened and to be "secretive" is to be hidden.

Example Question #28 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

A synonym of "benefactor" is . . .

Possible Answers:

enemy

ruler

representative

donor

doctor

Correct answer:

donor

Explanation:

A "benefactor" is defined as "a person who gives money or other help to a person or cause," so we need to pick out an answer choice that is a noun, refers to a person, and specifically means "a person who gives help to a cause." "Donor," a noun meaning "a person who donates something, especially money to a fund or charity," is the only answer choice that is similar in meaning to "benefactor," so "donor" is the correct answer.

Example Question #29 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

Synonyms: Select the word or phrase that best matches the word in capital letters.

BENEFIT

Possible Answers:

Barrage

Obstacle

Advantage

Hindrance

Garrison

Correct answer:

Advantage

Explanation:

Something that is of "benefit" is something that helps; an advantage. To provide further guidance, an "obstacle" is something that gets in the way, which is also the same thing as a "hindrance;" "barrage means" to attack continuously; a "garrison" is a group of troops left to defend something.

Example Question #21 : Synonyms: Roots

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

NEOPHYTE

Possible Answers:

Novice 

Intermediate 

Cathartic 

Demanding 

Expert 

Correct answer:

Novice 

Explanation:

A "neophyte" is someone who is a beginner or a novice, so "novice" is the correct answer. To help you, an "expert" is someone who has a lot of knowledge and experience in a certain area; "expert" is an antonym of "neophyte" and "novice." For further help, "intermediate" means middle or of a difficulty between easy and challenging. Finally, "cathartic" means healing due to allowing one to purge one's negative emotions.

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