ISEE Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

ABORTIVE

Possible Answers:

contemptuous

premature

elegant

thwarted

Correct answer:

thwarted

Explanation:

Abortive means failing to produce the intended result, or thwarted.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Select the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

LANGUID

Possible Answers:

boundary

lazy

nuisance

speech

hyper

Correct answer:

lazy

Explanation:

"Languid" means slow or sluggish, so the best choice for this is lazy.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Select the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

DELETERIOUS

Possible Answers:

beneficial

appropriate

helpful

baneful

undone

Correct answer:

baneful

Explanation:

We are looking for a synonym of "deleterious," which means harmful. Both "helpful" and "beneficial" are the opposite of harmful, and "undone" is unrelated. "Baneful" means harmful.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Select the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

HEINOUS

Possible Answers:

dogmatic

pure

diseased

effusive

evil

Correct answer:

evil

Explanation:

"Effusive" means to pour out emotions, and "dogmatic" means firmly holding beliefs. "Heinous" means evil, making "evil" the only possible answer choice.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters. 

CAUSTIC

Possible Answers:

highfalutin

fledgling

soothing

acerbic

hapless

Correct answer:

acerbic

Explanation:

"Caustic" and "acerbic" both mean burning or corrosive. "Soothing" means calming or pacifying. "Highfalutin" means pompous or arrogant. "Fledgling" means apprentice or newcomer. "Hapless" means unfortunate or unlucky.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters. 

SUBTLE

Possible Answers:

tutelary

understated

nascent

forthright

ignorant

Correct answer:

understated

Explanation:

"Subtle" and "understated" both mean indirect or delicate. "Forthright" means straightforward or honest. "Ignorant" means unaware or unknowing. "Nascent" means budding or fledgling. "Tutelary" means protective or custodial.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

PRONE

Possible Answers:

apt

fetid

axiomatic

futile

ambivalent

Correct answer:

apt

Explanation:

"Prone" and "apt" both mean liable or likely. "Fetid" means foul or rancid. "Futile" means hopeless or pointless. "Ambivalent" means conflicting or contradictory. "Axiomatic" means understood or accepted.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

IRONCLAD

Possible Answers:

quaint

abiding

percipient

colloquial

furtive

Correct answer:

abiding

Explanation:

"Ironclad" and "abiding" both mean fixed or rigid. "Colloquial" means particular to a certain area. "Percipient" means alert or awake. "Furtive" means sneaky or secretive. "Quaint" means oddly nostalgic

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

WEARY

Possible Answers:

Talkative

Amiable

Outrageous

Elegant

Exhausted

Correct answer:

Exhausted

Explanation:

"Weary" means tired or exhausted. "Outrageous" means shockingly bad. "Elegant" means graceful and stylish. "Talkative" means talking too much or chatty. "Amiable" means friendly and pleasant.

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

HORRID

Possible Answers:

Immaculate

Shrewd

Dreadful

Eternal

Credible

Correct answer:

Dreadful

Explanation:

"Horrid" means dreadful or causing horror, so "dreadful" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "horrid": "immaculate" means extremey neat and clean; "eternal" means lasting forever; "credible" means believable; and "shrewd" means sharp-witted or astute.

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