ISEE Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance, Materiality, and Sensory Imagery

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Example Question #21 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance, Materiality, And Sensory Imagery

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

GARISH

Possible Answers:

Gaudy

Blaring

Illuminating

Revolting

Ugly

Correct answer:

Gaudy

Explanation:

Something that is "garish" is showy and generally quite tasteless. Think of a coat that is painted neon green with bright orange lines and a lot of sequins. Now, such a thing might be ugly or even revolting, but the primary meaning of "garish" is showy. The word "gaudy" is a good synonym for such showiness.

Example Question #22 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance, Materiality, And Sensory Imagery

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

STRIDENT

Possible Answers:

Resilient

Provocative

Aloof

Bereft

Harsh

Correct answer:

Harsh

Explanation:

"Strident" means harsh, unforgiving, of a sound that is loud and grating. To provide further help, "aloof" means cold and detached from people; "resilient" means determined, able to bounce back from hardship; "bereft" means feeling deeply sad and lost after suffering a loss; "provocative" means inciting, inflammatory

Example Question #23 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance, Materiality, And Sensory Imagery

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

ALLURING

Possible Answers:

Concerning

Responsible

Cute

Deliberate

Unstable

Correct answer:

Cute

Explanation:

"Alluring" is an adjective that means beautiful or attractive. The best choice is "cute," since it means attractive. Considering the other choices, "concerning" means causing worry, "unstable" means constantly changing states of being, "responsible" means able to be relied upon to complete tasks, and "deliberate" means done on purpose or working carefully.

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