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:

premature

elegant

thwarted

contemptuous

Correct answer:

thwarted

Explanation:

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

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

LANGUID

Possible Answers:

hyper

speech

boundary

nuisance

lazy

Correct answer:

lazy

Explanation:

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

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

DELETERIOUS

Possible Answers:

baneful

beneficial

helpful

undone

appropriate

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 #1 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

HEINOUS

Possible Answers:

evil

effusive

dogmatic

diseased

pure

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 #2 : 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:

acerbic

highfalutin

hapless

soothing

fledgling

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 #3 : 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:

ignorant

tutelary

forthright

nascent

understated

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 #1 : 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

ambivalent

futile

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 #3 : 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:

percipient

abiding

colloquial

furtive

quaint

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 #1 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

WEARY

Possible Answers:

Outrageous

Elegant

Talkative

Exhausted

Amiable

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 #2 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

HORRID

Possible Answers:

Dreadful

Credible

Eternal

Immaculate

Shrewd

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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