SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Nouns

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #21 : Synonyms

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

PROTAGONIST

Possible Answers:

Director 

Damsel 

Hero 

Actor 

Villain 

Correct answer:

Hero 

Explanation:

The "protagonist" of a story is the hero, so "hero" is the correct answer. For clarification, a "damsel" is a girl or a young woman, often one who is rescued in a story.

Example Question #22 : Synonyms

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

NOVICE

Possible Answers:

Replacement 

Incumbent

Expert 

Supercilious

Beginner

Correct answer:

Beginner

Explanation:

A "novice" is someone who is a beginner. This is opposite in meaning to an "expert," which means a professional, someone who knows a lot about a subject, or someone who has done an activity for a long time and is very good at it. For clarification, "incumbent" means a person currently holding a political office, and "supercilious" means arrogant or condescending.

Example Question #811 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

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

MAGNATE

Possible Answers:

Commuter

Resident

Lodestone

Windfall

Tycoon

Correct answer:

Tycoon

Explanation:

"Magnate" is a noun that means "a person who has great wealth and power in a particular business or industry," so we need to find another word that means something like "a person who has power in a certain industry." While "magnate" may sound like "magnet" and "lodestone" is a synonym of "magnet," "magnet" does not mean the same thing as "magnate," so it can't be the correct answer. "Tycoon," however, means "a very wealthy and powerful business person," and since its meaning is closest to "magnate" of the given answer choices, "tycoon" is the correct answer.

Example Question #31 : Synonyms

Synonyms: pick the word that is most similar in meaning to the word in question.

Vagabond

Possible Answers:

Trespasser

Loan

Extension

Wanderer

Fitness

Correct answer:

Wanderer

Explanation:

A "vagabond" is a wanderer. The Latin root word, "vagari," means to roam.

Example Question #31 : Synonyms

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

PHYSICIAN

Possible Answers:

Doctor

Queen

Churl

Henchman

Rascal

Correct answer:

Doctor

Explanation:

"Physician" means "a doctor."

"Henchman" means a ruthless subordinate, usually a criminal.

"Rascal" means a dishonest or unscrupulous person.

"Churl" means someone who is rude and surly.

"Queen" is a female monarch.

Example Question #11 : Synonyms: Nouns For People

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

RUFFIAN

Possible Answers:

Pontiff

Scribe

Hoodlum

Spectator

Cherub

Correct answer:

Hoodlum

Explanation:

A "ruffian" is a "hoodlum," a troublemaker or a delinquent.

None of the other words are synonymous with ruffian:

"Spectator" means a bystander or someone who views an event or a spectacle.

"Pontiff" means the pope, or the leader of the Catholic Church.

A "scribe" is someone who makes hand-written copies of texts. Scribes still exist, but were more common in the time before the printing press was invented.

A "cherub" is a very cute baby, or a chubby angel child with wings.

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Nouns

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

MARAUDER

Possible Answers:

Offspring

Connoisseur

Exemplar

Plunderer

Jockey

Correct answer:

Plunderer

Explanation:

"Marauder" is a plunderer, or someone who raids people for profit.

"Offspring" means child of someone, or progeny.

"Connoisseur" means someone who is an expert in arts or matters of taste.

"Exemplar" is someone who is imitated.

"Jockey" is a professional horse racer.

Example Question #13 : Synonyms: Nouns

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

PANACHE

Possible Answers:

Flamboyance

Epiphany

Suffrage

Rapport

Ennui

Correct answer:

Flamboyance

Explanation:

"Panache" means flamboyance, charisma or swagger.

"Ennui" means boredom, depression or weariness.

"Epiphany" means realization or revelation.

"Suffrage" means the ability to vote.

"Rapport" means understanding or empathy.

Example Question #32 : Synonyms

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

NEMESIS

Possible Answers:

Juvenile

Neophyte

Enemy

Sage

Hero

Correct answer:

Enemy

Explanation:

"Nemesis" means enemy, typically an unconquerable enemy.

"Hero" means someone who acts with bravery, a person who has performed a heroic act.

"Neophyte" means a beginner at something or a novice.

"Juvenile" means someone who is young or a child.

"Sage" means a deeply wise person.

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Nouns

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

EDUCATOR

Possible Answers:

Technology

Doctor

Professor

Textbook

University

Correct answer:

Professor

Explanation:

An "educator" is a person whose job it is to educate people. A "professor" is considered an "educator." An "educator" might use "technology" or a "textbook" as resources for teaching at a "university." Although a "doctor" can also be an educator, especially a university professor, "doctor" is not necessarily synonymous with "educator."

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