ISEE Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Nouns for People

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Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Nouns

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

HERETIC

Possible Answers:

Secularist

Pantheist

Atheist

Apostate

Deist

Correct answer:

Apostate

Explanation:

The word “heretic” is perhaps used by many people in inexact manners. It is originally derived from Greek that merely meant “to choose” or “to select.” While it is regularly applied to religious matters, the term more generally means “one who has chosen one doctrine to the exclusion of others.” Such a person holds an opinion that is outside the norms and beliefs of a given group. An “apostate” is one who has abandoned a set of views—often religious, though not always. Among the options provided, this is the closest to “heretic.”

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

PARAGON

Possible Answers:

Impasse

Epitome

Decree

Nomad

Prodigy

Correct answer:

Epitome

Explanation:

A "paragon" is an exemplary example of something, so "epitome," which means or embodiment, archetype, or model, is the correct answer. As for the other answer choices, a “prodigy” is a young person who is especially gifted; an “impasse” is a situation that cannot be passed, a deadlock, or a stalemate; a “nomad” is a person who wanders from place to place without a permanent home; and a “decree” means an official order, often given by a monarch.

Example Question #13 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

RECLUSE

Possible Answers:

Hermit

Villain

Savior

Antagonist

Protagonist

Correct answer:

Hermit

Explanation:

A "recluse" is a person who lives alone and avoids all contact with people. This is very similar in meaning to a "hermit." To provide further help, a "protagonist" is the hero of a story; an "antagonist" is the villian of a story.

Example Question #14 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

PEER

Possible Answers:

Outlaw

Equal

Enemy

Legislator

Juror

Correct answer:

Equal

Explanation:

A "peer" is a contemporary, an equal, someone of the same social grouping as you. To provide further help, a "juror" is someone who sits on a jury; an "outlaw" is a bandit, someone who operates outside the law; a "legislator" is a lawmaker

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

INSURGENT

Possible Answers:

Teacher

Student

Soldier

Rebel

Guard

Correct answer:

Rebel

Explanation:

An "insurgent" is a rebel, someone seeking to overthrow the existing political order. While "insurgents" may, in fact, act as "soldiers," not all insurgents are directly involved with warfare, nor are any insurgents members of an official state-sanctioned army, so the two words are not synonymous.

Example Question #16 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

MENDICANT

Possible Answers:

vagabond

contaminant

iconoclast

harbinger

proclivity

Correct answer:

vagabond

Explanation:

A "mendicant" is a vagabond or a beggar. An "iconoclast" is someone who goes against established traditions or beliefs. A "harbinger" is an omen or portent. A "contaminant" is an impurity or pollutant. A "proclivity" is a tendency or a habit.

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