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 #41 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Whimsical is to quirky as belligerent is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Aggressive 

Pacified 

Calm 

Composed 

Unruffled 

Correct answer:

Aggressive 

Explanation:

"Whimsical" is a synonym of "quirky"; both words describe someone who is silly and unusual. So, to solve this analogy, one must find an adequate synonym for "belligerent." Someone who is "belligerent" is aggressive and combative. For clarification, the other four answer choices are all synonyms of one another and antonyms of "belligerent."

Example Question #42 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Penalty is to punishment as reward is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Deserved 

Laudable 

Criticism 

Rebuke 

Prize 

Correct answer:

Prize 

Explanation:

"Penalty" is a synonym of "punishment." To solve this analogy, you have to determine the best synonym of "reward," which is “prize.” For clarification, "rebuke" means to scold, and "laudable" means deserving of praise.

Example Question #43 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Abominable is to detestable as comely is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Infamous 

Belligerent 

Ugly 

Fulsome 

Cute 

Correct answer:

Cute 

Explanation:

"Abominable" and "detestable" are synonyms of one another; they both describe something horrific and monstrous. To solve this analogy, you need to find the best synonym of "comely." "Comely" means cute or attractive, so it is the correct answer. For clarification, "belligerent" means aggressive, "fulsome" means flattering or excessive, and "infamous" describes someone famous for having committed bad deeds.

Example Question #44 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Fringe is to edge as invention is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Innovation 

Miscellaneous

Detrimental 

Stupidity 

Remorse 

Correct answer:

Innovation 

Explanation:

"Fringe" and "edge" are synonyms of one another, so to solve this analogy, you have to determine the best available synonym of "ingenuity." "Invention" describes the act of designing and creating a new thing, often a device or a newly-designed thing, often a device, so the answer choice that is its closest synonym is "innovation," which can mean a new invention. For clarification, "detrimental" means harmful, "remorse" is a feeling of guilt and regret, and "miscellaneous" means varied, assorted, or random.

Example Question #44 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Indifferent is to apathetic as unique is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Objective 

Different 

Biased 

Unoriginal 

Subjective 

Correct answer:

Different 

Explanation:

"Indifferent" is a synonym of "apathetic," and both mean not caring about the outcome of something. To solve this analogy, you need to determine the best available synonym of unique. "Unique" means original or distinct, so it is most similar in meaning to “different,” the correct answer. For clarification, "biased" and "subjective" are synonyms that each mean subject to personal opinion, and "objective," an antonym of "biased" and "subjective," means not biased.

Example Question #44 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Remiss is to careless as assuage is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Abhor 

Allude 

Meander 

Juxtapose

Relieve 

Correct answer:

Relieve 

Explanation:

"Remiss" is a synonym of "careless," so to solve this analogy, you have to identify the best available synonym of "assuage." "Assuage" means to make better, to calm or to relieve. For clarification, "abhor" means hate, "allude" means hint or suggest, "juxtapose" means put two different things together, and "meander" means move or flow in a winding, indirect manner.

Example Question #45 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Imperious is to arrogant as meek is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Boastful 

Timid 

Brash 

Bold

Proud 

Correct answer:

Timid 

Explanation:

"Imperious" is a synonym of "arrogant," so to solve this analogy, you need to determine the best synonym of "meek." "Meek" means weak and shy, so the correct answer is “timid.” For clarification, "brash" means bold, and "boastful" means arrogant.

Example Question #46 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Plunder is to steal as vend is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Buy 

Manage 

Dream

Loan 

Sell 

Correct answer:

Sell 

Explanation:

"Plunder" is a synonym of "steal," so to solve this analogy, you have to determine the best available synonym of "vend." "Vend" means “sell," so "sell" is the correct answer.

Example Question #47 : Synonyms, Antonyms, And Changes In Intensity

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Clan is to tribe as hamlet is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Religion 

Culture

Market

Nation 

Village 

Correct answer:

Village 

Explanation:

"Clan" is a synonym of "tribe," so to solve this analogy, you have to determine the best synonym of "hamlet." A hamlet is a small town or village, so the correct answer is "village."

Example Question #131 : Determining Meaning From Type Of Relationship

Analogies: Complete this analogy.

Tenacious is to determined as erratic is to __________.

Possible Answers:

Careful 

Ambivalent 

Irregular 

Apathetic 

Regular 

Correct answer:

Irregular 

Explanation:

"Tenacious" and "determined" are synonyms of one another. So, to solve this analogy, you have to determine the best synonym of "erratic." "Erratic" means not regular or following no pattern, so the correct answer is “irregular.” For clarification, "ambivalent" means unsure, "apathetic" means not caring, "regular" means average and occurring at a consistent interval, and "careful" means cautious or attentive.

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