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 #31 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Plenty is to ample as solitude is to __________.

Possible Answers:

community 

None of these answers 

dominant 

subservient 

isolation 

Correct answer:

isolation 

Explanation:

"Plenty" is a synonym of "ample;" both mean to have sufficient or more than enough. To solve this analogy you have to find the best synonym for solitude. "Solitude" is time spent alone, so the correct synonym is “isolation.” For clarification, "subservient" means eager to obey, of lesser importance.

Example Question #32 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Bellicose is to aggressive as capricious is to __________.

Possible Answers:

ridiculous 

impulsive 

demanding 

insulting 

confident 

Correct answer:

impulsive 

Explanation:

"Bellicose" and aggressive are synonyms of one another, so to solve this analogy you have to identify the best synonym for capricious. "Capricious" means unpredictable and impulsive. For clarification, "insulting" means rude and offensive.

Example Question #33 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Colossal is to big as calamity is to __________.

Possible Answers:

blessing 

portentous 

normal 

grace 

disaster 

Correct answer:

disaster 

Explanation:

"Colossal" is a synonym of "big," so to solve this analogy you need to determine the best synonym for calamity. A "calamity" is a disaster. For clarification, "portentous" means warning, foreboding, ominous.

Example Question #34 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Encumber is to restrain as lavish is to __________.

Possible Answers:

rebuke 

harangue 

parsimonious

plentiful 

miserly 

Correct answer:

plentiful 

Explanation:

"Encumber" and "restrain" are synonyms that both mean to hold back, to make more difficult. To solve this analogy you have to determine the best synonym for lavish. "Lavish" means plentiful, extravagant or excessively generous. For clarification, "miserly" and "parsimonious" mean stingy or tight with money; "harangue" and "rebuke" both mean to criticize.

Example Question #35 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Audacious is to bold as toxic is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Healthy 

Delicious 

Cantankerous

Poisonous 

Satisfying 

Correct answer:

Poisonous 

Explanation:

Audacious is a synonym of bold, so to solve this analogy you have to determine the best synonym for toxic. Something that is toxic is poisonous and harmful. For clarification, cantankerous means ill-tempered.

Example Question #36 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Instigate is to provoke as simulate is to __________.

Possible Answers:

replicate 

None of these answers 

irate 

implicate 

donate 

Correct answer:

replicate 

Explanation:

"Instigate" and "provoke" are synonyms that both describe the action of starting something. To solve this analogy you have to identify the best synonym for simulate. "Simulate" means copy or replicate. For clarification, "irate" means very angry; "implicate" means associate, involve, or blame.

Example Question #37 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Debate is to argue as candid is to __________.

Possible Answers:

allow 

honest 

propose 

fair 

trade 

Correct answer:

honest 

Explanation:

"Argue" and "debate" are synonyms of one another, so to solve this analogy you have to determine the best synonym for candid. "Candid" means frank or honest.

Example Question #38 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Brotherhood is to fellowship as hatred is to __________.

Possible Answers:

fear

enamored 

None of these answers

insanity 

animosity 

Correct answer:

animosity 

Explanation:

"Brotherhood" and "fellowship" are synonyms of one another; both words are used to describe a feeling of community and goodwill, particularly among men. To solve this analogy you have to determine the best synonym for "hatred." The correct answer is “animosity,” which means hatred, or ill-feeling. For clarification, "enamored" means in love with.

Example Question #39 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Emancipation is to freedom as venerable is to __________.

Possible Answers:

encouraged

mocked 

respected 

derided 

beloved 

Correct answer:

respected 

Explanation:

"Emancipation" is a synonym for freedom that you will have most likely encountered in history class in reference to the emancipation of the slaves. To solve this analogy you will have to find the best synonym for venerable. Someone that is "venerable" is old and well-respected. For clarification, "derided" and "mocked" are synonyms of one another; both mean to be made fun of.

Example Question #40 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Complete this analogy.

Fathom is to understand as envelop is to __________.

Possible Answers:

surround 

posthumous

vilify 

abridge

deny 

Correct answer:

surround 

Explanation:

"Fathom" is a synonym of "understand," so to solve this analogy you have to determine the best synonym for envelop. To "envelop" means to completely surround something. For clarification, "vilify" means to make someone or something seem evil; "abridge" means to edit and shorten; "posthumous" means after death.

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