SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #111 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

WISTFUL

Possible Answers:

Inappropriate

Luckless

Defeated

Toothsome

Nostalgic

Correct answer:

Nostalgic

Explanation:

"Wistful" and "nostalgic" are synonyms. "Inappropriate" and "appropriate" are antonyms, as are "luckless" and "lucky." "Toothsome" means tasty or mouthwateringly appetizing. "Defeated" is the opposite of triumphant.

Example Question #112 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

EMPATHETIC

Possible Answers:

Intellectual

Crude

Sympathetic

Unemotional

Defeated

Correct answer:

Sympathetic

Explanation:

While "sympathetic" and "empathetic" refer to slightly different traits, both concern the ability to understand or feel another person's emotions. "Intellectual" refers to the intellect or intelligence. "Defeated" and "victorious" are antonyms. "Unemotional" and "emotional" are also antonyms. "Crude" means simple, unrefined, or primitive.

Example Question #113 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

IMPERTINENT

Possible Answers:

Friendly

Rude

Humble

Distraught

Lecherous

Correct answer:

Rude

Explanation:

"Impertinent" means rude or insolent.

"Distraught" means upset, frantic or emotionally troubled.

"Friendly" means kind, sympathetic or acting as a friend does.

"Lecherous" means lustful, lewd, or crude in a sexual manner.

"Humble" means unpretentious, or meek and mild.

Example Question #114 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

COQUETTISH

Possible Answers:

Repentant

Churlish

Flirtatious

Crude

Persnickety

Correct answer:

Flirtatious

Explanation:

"Coquettish" means "flirtatious" or teasing in a friendly manner.

"Repentant" means feeling sorry or remorseful.

"Persnickety" means uptight, fussy or particular

"Churlish" means rude, crude or uncivilized.

"Crude" means vulgar, coarse or lewd.

Example Question #115 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

UNRULY

Possible Answers:

Rebellious

Upstanding

Law-abiding

Righteous

Moral

Correct answer:

Rebellious

Explanation:

"Unruly" and "rebellious" similarly mean going against the rules. The other choices are closely related in meaning to each other, each referring to rule abiding (whether societal or moral), but are opposite in meaning to "unruly."

Example Question #116 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

CHOLERIC

Possible Answers:

Joyful

Ill-tempered

Perturbed

Disturbed

Bored

Correct answer:

Ill-tempered

Explanation:

"Choleric" and "ill-tempered" are synonymous adjectives describing someone's anger or irritability. "Perturbed" and "disturbed" are closely related but do not have meanings which are well aligned with the word "choleric." The other answer choices are not synonyms of "choleric" either.

Example Question #117 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

PRAISEWORTHY

Possible Answers:

Immense

Commendable

Supreme

Trustworthy

Vile

Correct answer:

Commendable

Explanation:

"Praiseworthy" and "commendable" are synonyms. "Vile" means foul or disgusting. "Immense" means huge or massive. "Supreme" means of the highest rank and is not quite a synonym for "praiseworthy," although something "supreme" may also be deserving of praise. "Trustworthy" means able to be trusted.

Example Question #118 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

NAIVE

Possible Answers:

Cosmopolitan

Incendiary

Inexperienced

Sophisticated

Worldly

Correct answer:

Inexperienced

Explanation:

"Naïve" means inexperienced, innocent, or unsophisticated and is the opposite of sophisticated, worldly, and cosmopolitan. "Incendiary" means flammable or intended to cause a fire.

Example Question #119 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

EQUABLE

Possible Answers:

Scatterbrained

Calm

Lethargic

Altruistic

Charitable

Correct answer:

Calm

Explanation:

"Equable" means calm or even-tempered. "Scatterbrained" means disorganized or forgetful, and "charitable" and "altruistic" are both words that describe helping people in need. "Lethargic" means sluggish.

Example Question #120 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

EGOCENTRIC

Possible Answers:

Selfish

Xenophobic

Elusive

Honorable

Noble

Correct answer:

Selfish

Explanation:

"Egocentric" and "selfish" are synonyms referring to being self-centered. "Xenophobic" means fearing foreigners, and "elusive" means difficult to find or catch. "Honorable" and "ethical" are synonyms, as are "noble" and "aristocratic." 

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