SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms, Antonyms, and Changes in Intensity

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Writhe is to twist as egress is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Absolve 

Mourn 

Exit 

Enter 

Arrive 

Correct answer:

Exit 

Explanation:

"Writhe" is a synonym of "twist," so to solve this analogy, you have to determine the best available synonym for "egress." "Egress" is a noun that means exit, so "exit" is the correct answer. For clarification, "absolve" means to forgive, and "mourning" is an expression of sorrow following someone’s death or the loss of something precious.

Example Question #12 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Remote is to distant as prolific is to _________.

Possible Answers:

Productive 

Lazy 

Languid 

Sluggish 

Lethargic

Correct answer:

Productive 

Explanation:

"Remote" and "distant" are synonyms that both describe something that is far-away, or removed from all other places. So to solve this analogy, you have to determine the best available synonym for "prolific." "Prolific" means highly productive, so "productive" is the correct answer. For clarification, the other four answer choices are all synonyms that mean lazy, or not energetic.

Example Question #13 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy

Abominable is to offensive as contradict is to __________.

Possible Answers:

oppose 

create 

support

admonish 

pacify 

Correct answer:

oppose 

Explanation:

Abominable and offensive are synonyms, so to solve this analogy you have to determine which of these answer choices is the best synonym for contradict. "Contradict" means to argue with, to oppose. For clarification, "pacify" means to make calm or better; "admonish" means to criticize or rebuke.

Example Question #14 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy

Clandestine is to secret as obstacle is to __________.

Possible Answers:

loquacious 

assistance 

impediment 

laconic

garrulous 

Correct answer:

impediment 

Explanation:

"Clandestine" and "secret" are synonyms of one another, so to solve this analogy you have to determine which of these answer choices is the best synonym of obstacle. An obstacle is something that prevents you from doing something, which is the same definition as an “impediment.” For clarification, "garrulous" and "loquacious" are synonyms that both mean talkative; "laconic" means brief, short-lived.

Example Question #15 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy

Candor is to honesty as pious is to __________.

Possible Answers:

deist 

atheistic 

agnostic 

apathetic

religious 

Correct answer:

religious 

Explanation:

Candor is a synonym of honesty, so to solve this analogy you have to determine which of these answer choices is the best synonym of pious. "Pious" means devout or deeply religious. For clarification, "apathetic" means not caring; "atheistic" describes the belief that God does not exist; "agnostic" is someone who is unsure whether or not God exists; a "deist" is someone who grounds their faith in rationale.

Example Question #16 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Opulent is to wealthy as repugnant is to __________.

Possible Answers:

aesthetic

agreeable 

enjoyable 

disgusting 

pleasing 

Correct answer:

disgusting 

Explanation:

"Opulent" is a synonym of wealthy, so to solve this analogy you have to determine the best synonym for repugnant. "Repugnant" means highly unpleasant, disgusting. For clarification, "aesthetic" means pleasing in appearance, or related to the appreciation of beauty.

Example Question #17 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Fathom is to understand as prudent is to __________.

Possible Answers:

insensitive 

deplorable 

sensible 

sensitive

foolhardy 

Correct answer:

sensible 

Explanation:

"Fathom" is a synonym of understand, so to solve this analogy you need to determine the best available synonym for prudent. "Prudent" means sensible and careful. For clarification, "foolhardy" means stupid or foolish; "deplorable" describes a person or action deserving of disdain.

Example Question #18 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Notorious is to infamous as rancid is to _________.

Possible Answers:

fertile 

found 

rotten 

shamed 

lost 

Correct answer:

rotten 

Explanation:

"Notorious" and "infamous" are synonyms that both describe someone or something famous for the wrong reasons. To solve this analogy you have to find the best available synonym for rancid. "Rancid" means rotten or gross.

Example Question #19 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Rue is to regret as somber is to __________.

Possible Answers:

jaunty 

merry 

grave 

bountiful 

plentiful 

Correct answer:

grave 

Explanation:

To "rue" something means to regret it, so to solve this analogy you have to determine the best available synonym for somber. "Somber" means gloomy and serious, so the correct answer is “grave.” For clarification, "jaunty" and "merry" are synonyms that both mean happy and cheerful; "bountiful" and "plentiful" both mean to have more than enough.

Example Question #20 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Squalid is to wretched as venerable is to __________.

Possible Answers:

respected 

condemned

deified

criticized 

admonished

Correct answer:

respected 

Explanation:

"Squalid" and "wretched" are synonyms of one another and describe the condition of a place as dirty and filthy. To solve this analogy you have to determine the best available synonym for venerable. "Venerable" means respected and, usually old. For clarification, "admonished," "criticized," and "condemned" are all synonyms of one another; "deified" means made god-like.

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