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 #41 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Select the word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters

IMPERIOUS

Possible Answers:

Pious

Calm

Arrogant

Sanctimonious

Intelligent 

Correct answer:

Arrogant

Explanation:

Someone who is "imperious" is very arrogant and self-assured, so "arrogant" is the correct answer. For clarification, "pious" means deeply religious, and "sanctimonious" means self-righteous or smug.

Example Question #42 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

PUGNACIOUS

Possible Answers:

Devout 

Munificent

Repugnant 

Belligerent 

Rendezvous

Correct answer:

Belligerent 

Explanation:

Someone who is "pugnacious" is aggressive, hostile and belligerent, so "belligerent" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "pugnacious" and the correct answer. For clarification, a "rendezvous" is a secret meeting, "devout" means very religious, "repugnant" means gross or unpleasant, and "munificent" means generous or plentiful.

Example Question #43 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

RANCOROUS

Possible Answers:

Implacable 

Toxic 

Cheerful 

Noxious 

Poisonous 

Correct answer:

Implacable 

Explanation:

Someone who is "rancorous" is merciless, relentless or implacable. For clarification, "noxious," "toxic," and "poisonous" are all synonyms.

Example Question #44 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

 

BOMBASTIC

Possible Answers:

Forlorn 

Banal 

Umbrage 

Verbose 

Prophetic 

Correct answer:

Verbose 

Explanation:

"Bombastic" means long-winded, insincere, or verbose, and is often used to describe speech. "Verbose" refers to unnecessarily long speech, so it is the answer choice closest in meaning to "bombastic" and the correct answer. For clarification, "forlorn" means sad and hopeless, "banal" means mundane or boring, "umbrage" means offense, and "prophetic" means predicting what will happen in the future.

Example Question #45 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

WILY

Possible Answers:

Opulent 

Excessive 

Fortunate 

Demanding 

Cunning 

Correct answer:

Cunning 

Explanation:

Someone who is "wily" is crafty and cunning and possesses guile, so "cunning," an adjective that means shrewd, is the correct answer. For clarification, "fortunate" means lucky, "excessive" means too much or extreme, and "opulent" means wealthy or fancy.

Example Question #46 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

GREGARIOUS

Possible Answers:

Fulsome 

Vicarious

Sociable 

Lonely 

Introverted 

Correct answer:

Sociable 

Explanation:

"Gregarious" means friendly and sociable, so "sociable," an adjective that means cordial or affable, is the correct answer. For clarification, "fulsome" means flattering or excessive, "vicarious" describes something that is experienced through another person, "introverted" means shy, and "lonely" means isolated or friendless.

Example Question #47 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

FULSOME

Possible Answers:

Complimentary

Fervent

Jubilant 

Panicked 

Demeaning 

Correct answer:

Complimentary

Explanation:

"Fulsome" means flattering or excessively complimentary, so "complimentary," which means favorable or flattering, is the correct answer. For clarification, "panicked" means worried or scared, something that is "demeaning" is insulting, "fervent" means zealous or passionate, and "jubilant" means very happy.

Example Question #48 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

GARRULOUS

Possible Answers:

Closemouthed

Taciturn

Timorous

Uncommunicative

Verbose

Correct answer:

Verbose

Explanation:

"Garrulous" means talkative. Eliminate the synonyms "uncommunicative," "taciturn," and "closemouthed." "Timorous" and "verbose" are your only options. "Timorous" means fearful, while "verbose" means talkative, just like "garrulous" does. Verbose is the answer!

Example Question #49 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

DEFT

Possible Answers:

Sanguine 

Despotic 

Adroit 

Uncontrollable

Malaise 

Correct answer:

Adroit 

Explanation:

“Deft” means dextrous or skillful. If you are “adroit,” you are good with your hands or skillful, so "adroit" is the correct answer. To help you, “malaise” means unease, “sanguine” means healthy or optimistic, and “despotic” means like a dictator or very controlling.

Example Question #50 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

ECCENTRIC

Possible Answers:

Introverted 

Dubious 

Unorthodox 

Maniacal 

Fearful 

Correct answer:

Unorthodox 

Explanation:

If you are “eccentric,” you act in strange or unusual ways. Similarly, “unorthodox” means different from what is usually done or accepted, so an “unorthodox” person does not follow the path society sets. To clarify, “introverted” means shy or withdrawn; “dubious” means doubtful or suspicious; “mechanical” means relating to machines; and “maniacal” means affected with or suggestive of madness.

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