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 #21 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Procure is to obtain as nimble is to __________.

Possible Answers:

agile 

pious 

cantankerous

disrespectful

outlandish 

Correct answer:

agile 

Explanation:

"Procure" and "obtain" are synonyms that both mean to gain or get something, so to solve this analogy you have to find the best synonym for nimble. "Nimble" means flexible and agile. For clarification, "cantankerous" means grumpy; "outlandish" means large and excessive; "pious" means deeply religious.

Example Question #22 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Mercurial is to unpredictable as livid is to __________.

Possible Answers:

garrulous

helpless 

pleased 

irate 

nomadic 

Correct answer:

irate 

Explanation:

"Mercurial" is a synonym of "unpredictable," so to solve this analogy you have to identify the best available synonym for livid. To be "livid" means to be very angry, which is most similar in meaning to “irate.” For clarification, "nomadic" refers to a lifestyle characterized by wandering; "garrulous" means talkative.

Example Question #23 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Merge is to blend as condone is to __________.

Possible Answers:

despise 

allow 

allude 

remedy 

deposit 

Correct answer:

allow 

Explanation:

"Merge" and "blend" are synonyms of one another, so to solve this analogy you have to determine the best available synonym for condone. To "condone" something means to allow it. For clarification, "despise" means hate; "remedy" means to fix; "allude" means to hint at something.

Example Question #24 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Languid is to slow as choleric is to __________.

Possible Answers:

irritable 

energetic 

fast 

patient 

athletic 

Correct answer:

irritable 

Explanation:

"Languid" is a synonym of "slow," so to solve this analogy you have to determine the best available synonym for choleric. To be "choleric" is to be bad-tempered or easily irritated, so the correct answer is “irritable.”

Example Question #25 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy

Brash is to bold as obsolete is to __________.

Possible Answers:

comely 

pulchritudinous

portly 

corpulent 

archaic 

Correct answer:

archaic 

Explanation:

"Brash" is a synonym of "bold," so to solve this analogy you have to identify which of these answer choices is the best synonym for obsolete. "Obsolete" means no longer of any use, outdated so the correct synonym is “archaic” which has the same meaning. For clarification portly and corpulent both describe someone who is fat; comely means cute and pulchritudinous means beautiful.

Example Question #26 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Bewildered is to confused as pact is to __________.

Possible Answers:

tirade 

dispute 

argument 

agreement

diatribe 

Correct answer:

agreement

Explanation:

"Bewildered" is a synonym for "confused," so to solve this analogy you have to identify the best available synonym for pact. A "pact" is an agreement reached between two or more parties, so the correct answer is “agreement.” For clarification, "argument" and "dispute" are synonyms; "tirade" and "diatribe" are synonyms. A "tirade" is a verbal attack against someone.

Example Question #27 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Placate is to appease as arid is to __________.

Possible Answers:

wet

dry 

frigid 

sunny 

rainy 

Correct answer:

dry 

Explanation:

"Placate" and "appease" are synonyms that both mean to pacify or satisfy somebody. To solve this analogy you have to determine which of these answer choices is the best synonym of arid. "Arid" means very dry.

Example Question #28 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Belligerent is to aggressive as deficient is to __________.

Possible Answers:

outstanding

portentous

miserly 

lacking 

wild 

Correct answer:

lacking 

Explanation:

"Belligerent" is a synonym of "aggressive," so to solve this analogy you have to determine the best available synonym for deficient. To be "deficient" in something is to be lacking. For clarification, "miserly" describes someone who is not generous; "portentous" means arrogant or self-important.

Example Question #29 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Aloof is to distant as fundamental is to __________.

Possible Answers:

pulchritudinous

essential 

menacing 

absolve

sufficient

Correct answer:

essential 

Explanation:

"Aloof" is a synonym of "distant" and is used to describe someone who is hard to reach or affect. To solve this analogy you have to identify the best synonym of fundamental. "Fundamental" means basic or essential. For clarification, "sufficient" means enough; "menacing" means threatening; "absolve" means to remove blame; "pulchritudinous" means very beautiful.

Example Question #30 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Unclear is to ambiguous as capricious is to __________.

Possible Answers:

nomadic 

outgoing 

impulsive 

recalcitrant

whimsical 

Correct answer:

impulsive 

Explanation:

"Unclear" and "ambiguous" are synonyms of one another, so to solve this analogy you have to identify the best synonym for capricious. "Capricious" means impulsive or unpredictable. For clarification, "whimsical" means silly or quirky; "outgoing" refers to someone who is sociable; "nomadic" describes a wandering lifestyle; "recalcitrant" means disobedient.

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