SSAT Elementary Level Verbal : Synonyms

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SSAT Elementary Level Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #71 : Synonyms

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

AROMA

Possible Answers:

Smell

Mystery

Taste

Meaning

Grime

Correct answer:

Smell

Explanation:

"Aroma" means the smell that something gives off and is usually used to describe pleasant smells. One might thus talk about "the aroma of cookies baking in the oven" or "the aroma of roses." "Smell" is thus the answer choice closest in meaning to "aroma."

Example Question #72 : Synonyms

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

ANTAGONIST

Possible Answers:

Assistant

Protagonist

Jester

Adversary

Ally

Correct answer:

Adversary

Explanation:

An "antagonist" is a character in a book or play that opposes the main character. So, "adversary" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "antagonist."

Example Question #73 : Synonyms

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

ARROGANCE

Possible Answers:

Pompousness

Modesty

Vigor

Truth

Royalty

Correct answer:

Pompousness

Explanation:

"Arrogance" is the personality trait of being overly proud of oneself, and "pompousness" means excessively grandiose and proud of oneself, so "pompousness" is the correct answer.

Example Question #74 : Synonyms

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

DECEIT

Possible Answers:

Importance

Sincerity

Hatred

Fraud

Slyness

Correct answer:

Fraud

Explanation:

"Deceit" means the act of intentionally getting someone to believe something false, so "fraud," which can be defined in the same way, is the correct answer.

Example Question #72 : Synonyms

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

COURSE

Possible Answers:

Train

Source

Core

Route

Map

Correct answer:

Route

Explanation:

"Course" means a route or path. You may have heard this word before; for example, a "golf course" is a series of holes that golfers play in a particular order, and, more metaphorically, a "course of action" is a plan of what steps to take in response to a specific event. While a course might be displayed on a map, "map" does not mean the same thing that "course" does. Similarly, while a train might follow a certain course, that of its tracks, "train" and "course" do not mean the same thing either. The answer choice closest in meaning to "course" is "route," so "route" is the correct answer.

Example Question #75 : Synonyms

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

SHEEN

Possible Answers:

Gloss

Rise

Coat

Hammer

Shift

Correct answer:

Gloss

Explanation:

A "sheen" is a gentle shine on a surface that does not waver, so "sheen" is most similar in meaning to "gloss." While you may "coat" a surface with something to make it glossy, "coat" does not have the same meaning as the other two words. "Shift," "hammer," and "rise" do not refer to luster either, so they are incorrect. The correct answer choice is "gloss."

Example Question #76 : Synonyms

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

MAGNITUDE

Possible Answers:

Trivial

Electrical

Size

Iron

Magnetic

Correct answer:

Size

Explanation:

The "magnitude" is the "size" or intensity of something. Something "trivial" may have a small "magnitude," but the meanings of these words are different. The "magnitude" of an "electrical" charge can be determined, but the meanings of these words are different as well. The best answer choice is "size."

Example Question #77 : Synonyms

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

VENUE

Possible Answers:

Invitation

Restaurant

Arena

Menu

Place

Correct answer:

Place

Explanation:

"Venue" means the location where an event occurs, so "place" is the correct answer. Although "menu" rhymes with "venue," the meanings of these words are not the same. The best answer choice is "place". A "restaurant" or an "arena" might be a "venue" for an event, but neither word means the same thing as "venue." An "invitation" to an event would reasonably mention the "venue," but again, "invitation" does not mean the same thing as "venue." 

Example Question #78 : Synonyms

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

BROWSE

Possible Answers:

Babble

Questionnaire

Survey

Criticism

Effect

Correct answer:

Survey

Explanation:

To "browse" may mean to look around an area casually. "Questionnaire" is similar to "survey", but does not mean "browse". "Babble" refers to talking, specifically talking about an unimportant topic or talking without making any sense, and "criticism" means commentary in which someone points out the flaws in something. "Effect" does not mean "browse." The best answer choice is "survey."

Example Question #79 : Synonyms

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

LOCATION

Possible Answers:

Party

Place

Individual 

City 

Mountain

Correct answer:

Place

Explanation:

A "location" is a place or a specific area, so "place" is the correct answer. To help you, an "individual" is one person.

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