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 #517 : Synonyms

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

CRANKY

Possible Answers:

Passive

Dysfunctional

Grumpy

Ill

Uncomfortable

Correct answer:

Grumpy

Explanation:

"Cranky" and "grumpy" both mean bad-tempered and irritable. "Passive," the opposite of active, means accepting whatever happens without resistance; "ill" means sick. "Uncomfortable" is an antonym of comfortable, and "dysfunctional" is another way to say that something doesn't work or function.

Example Question #81 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

LETHARGIC

Possible Answers:

Novel

Sluggish

Surreptitious

Abnormal

Foreign

Correct answer:

Sluggish

Explanation:

"Lethargic" and "sluggish" both mean underactive. "Abnormal," the opposite of normal, means out of the ordinary or strange. "Novel," when used as an adjective, means new. "Surreptitious" is another word for sneaky, and "foreign," the opposite of domestic, refers to things that are from another country.

Example Question #519 : Synonyms

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

FRANK

Possible Answers:

Candid

Roundabout

Deceptive

Lethargic

Receptive

Correct answer:

Candid

Explanation:

"Frank," or "candid," means open, direct, and honest. "Lethargic" means sluggish or lazy; "receptive" means willing or able to receive new ideas or information. "Deceptive," on the other hand, means deceitful or intending to mislead. "Roundabout" means indirect, winding, or unclear.

Example Question #501 : Identifying Synonyms

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

HOSTILE

Possible Answers:

Judicious

Supple

Antagonistic

Unhelpful

Robust

Correct answer:

Antagonistic

Explanation:

"Hostile" means antagonistic or unfriendly. "Unhelpful" is an antonym of "helpful," "robust" means strong and sturdy, and "judicious" means showing or using good judgment. "Supple" is a synonym for flexible and limber.

Example Question #502 : Identifying Synonyms

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

ELDERLY

Possible Answers:

Equitable

Geriatric

Nomadic

Obsolete

Lustful

Correct answer:

Geriatric

Explanation:

"Elderly" means geriatric. "Nomadic" describes people who move around frequently and have no set home. "Equitable" means fair or equal. "Obsolete" means outdated. "Lustful" means full of lust and is a synonym for lecherous.

Example Question #503 : Identifying Synonyms

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

EAGER

Possible Answers:

Velvet

Supple

Nervous

Fervent

Dour

Correct answer:

Fervent

Explanation:

"Eager" and "fervent" both mean enthusiastic. "Velvet" is a soft type of material, "nervous" means anxious, and "dour" means stern and unsmiling. "Supple" is a synonym for limber and flexible.

Example Question #504 : Identifying Synonyms

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

DILIGENT

Possible Answers:

Hardworking

Exacerbating

Raspy

Spiteful

Elementary

Correct answer:

Hardworking

Explanation:

"Diligent" means hardworking. "Raspy" means hoarse and is usually used to describe voices. "Elementary" means easy or straightforward or rudimentary. To "exacerbate" a situation is to make it worse or more severe; to be "spiteful" is to act in cruel, malicious ways.

Example Question #505 : Identifying Synonyms

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

JUVENILE

Possible Answers:

Joyful

Mature

Explanatory

Youthful

Celebratory

Correct answer:

Youthful

Explanation:

"Juvenile" refers to youths or adolescents. "Mature," a near antonym, means fully developed. "Joyful," a synonym for jubilant, means full of joy. "Explanatory" means in a manner that explains something, and "celebratory" means in a manner of celebration.

Example Question #506 : Identifying Synonyms

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

ZESTFUL

Possible Answers:

Unenthused

Frightening

Boring

Spirited

Hearty

Correct answer:

Spirited

Explanation:

Someone "zestful" is spirited or full of excitement. "Boring" is dull or tedious, and "frightening" is scary. "Unenthused" means uninterested. "Hearty" means either substantial (when describing food) or loud, cheerful, and vigorous (when describing people).

Example Question #507 : Identifying Synonyms

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

MEEK

Possible Answers:

Bragging

Acoustic

Timid

Courageous

Silent

Correct answer:

Timid

Explanation:

"Meekness" is shyness or timidity. "Silent" is an antonym for loud and raucous. "Acoustic" refers to sound and the study of sound, and "courageous" means brave. To "brag" is to compliment or boast about oneself.

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