SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Nouns for Abstract Concepts

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #171 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

EPIPHANY

Possible Answers:

Aspiration

Eminent

Insight

Obese

Boon

Correct answer:

Insight

Explanation:

The noun "epiphany" means a sudden realization, an insight into the nature of something. Additionally, an "aspiration" is a goal, something that one desires to accomplish; "obese" means medically diagnosed as overweight, fat; "eminent" means famous within a certain area, distinguished and notable; a "boon" is something helpful or useful, a gift, a blessing.

Example Question #172 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

AMBIANCE

Possible Answers:

Vocation

Fissure

Fusion

Occupation

Atmosphere

Correct answer:

Atmosphere

Explanation:

The noun "ambiance" refers to the character, atmosphere, climate of an environment. So, somewhere warm and friendly will have a positive and welcoming "ambiance." Additionally, "occupation" and "vocation" are synonyms, both words mean job, what you do for a living; a "fissure" is a crack in something; "fusion" is the process of joining two or more things together.

Example Question #173 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

DECADENCE

Possible Answers:

Greed

Vice

Sloth

Envy

Virtue

Correct answer:

Vice

Explanation:

The noun "decadence" refers to the moral decline of a society due to a loss of moral values. Synonyms include "sin," "vice," and "depravity." Additionally, "virtue" is the antonym of "vice," it means goodness, righteousness. Finally, "sloth" (which means laziness), "greed," and "envy" are examples of the "seven deadly sins."

Example Question #263 : Synonyms: Nouns

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

GENRE

Possible Answers:

Caretaker

Souvenir

Prediction

Infant

Category

Correct answer:

Category

Explanation:

The noun "genre" means category, classification, where something fits based on what characteristics it shares with other similar things. So, for example a funny movie about love would fit under the "genre" of romantic-comedy movies. Additionally, a "prediction" is a statement made about what one thinks will happen in the future; an "infant" is a baby; a "souvenir" is an item kept to remember something, a memento; a "caretaker" is someone charged with looking after someone or something else.

Example Question #174 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

RESPITE

Possible Answers:

Sanctity

Hibernation

Chronology

Residue

Brief rest

Correct answer:

Brief rest

Explanation:

"Respite" means a "brief rest," a breather, a hiatus.

"Sanctity" means holiness, righteousness, or solemnity.

"Residue" means the substance that is left over from something, the debris, the trace.

"Chronology" means a list of temporal events, a timetable, an agenda.

"Hibernation" is the act of sleeping through the winter. It can also mean a state of laziness or inactivity.

 

Example Question #175 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

GLITCH

Possible Answers:

Error

Buffoon

Excursion

Adjustment

Adage

Correct answer:

Error

Explanation:

A "glitch" is a malfunction, an error in a piece of machinery or technology. Additionally, an "adage" is an old-saying meant to impart some lesson; a "buffoon" is a silly and foolish person; an "adjustment" is a change made to deal with a change in circumstance; an "excursion" is an outing, a trip, a journey.

Example Question #266 : Synonyms: Nouns

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

INFERENCE

Possible Answers:

Emancipation

Suffrage

Clemency

Edification

Deduction

Correct answer:

Deduction

Explanation:

The noun "inference" means a conclusion reached using evidence, logical reasoning, and a small amount of guesswork. This is closest in meaning to "deduction" which means a decision reached through a series of mental steps based on relevant evidence. As an example, I might "deduce" or "infer" that it was raining outside because my dog came inside with wet fur, however unless I actually see the rain myself I do not know whether this is true or whether my dog simply swam in the river or drank from a hose, so I cannot be sure. Additionally, "edification" is instruction, teaching; "emancipation" is the process of being freed from slavery, servitude, or any other form of legal, political, or economic restriction; "suffrage" is the right to vote; "clemency" is mercy, forgiveness.

Example Question #261 : Synonyms: Nouns

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

HYSTERIA

Possible Answers:

Altercation

Frenzy

Perennial

Prejudice

Banter

Correct answer:

Frenzy

Explanation:

The noun "hysteria" refers to a fit of madness, prolonged insanity, agitation, or excitement among a group of people. This is closest in definition to "frenzy." Additionally, "perennial" means lasting for a long time, constantly reoccurring; an "altercation" is a small fight; "prejudice" is a negative idea someone has about someone before they even meet them, based on things like race, gender, or religious affiliation; "banter" is playful teasing among friends.

Example Question #176 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

LEVITY

Possible Answers:

Hearth

Income

Affection

Severity

Humor

Correct answer:

Humor

Explanation:

The noun "levity" refers to humor and lightheartedness, a lack of seriousness. Additionally, "income" is money earned or paid to you; a "hearth" is a spiritual home; "affection" is a feeling of closeness with or fondness for someone; "severity" means intensity, how severe something is.

Example Question #177 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

ANIMOSITY

Possible Answers:

Mentality

Paradox

Excess

Hatred

Youth

Correct answer:

Hatred

Explanation:

"Animosity" means "hatred" or extreme dislike.

"Paradox" means something that is true but seems contradictory; a puzzle.

"Excess" means surplus or too much of something; more than is necessary.

"Mentality" means mindset, mood or attitude. "Animosity" is a mindset, but they are not synonyms. 

"Youth" means young; the period of time when something is young; the period before adulthood or old age.

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