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 #11 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

A synonym of “nuisance” is __________.

Possible Answers:

boredom

length

support

formality

annoyance

Correct answer:

annoyance

Explanation:

“Nuisance” is a noun that means “a person, thing, or circumstance causing inconvenience or annoyance,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “something or someone causing inconvenience.” That means that “comfort” cannot be the correct answer, because “comfort,” when used as a noun, can mean “a person or thing that gives consolation,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “nuisance.” “Annoyance,” however, is a noun that can mean “a thing that annoys someone; a nuisance,” and because “annoyance” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “nuisance,” “annoyance” is the correct answer.

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

A synonym of “sabotage” is __________.

Possible Answers:

narrow

renovate

wreck

reconsider

supplant

Correct answer:

wreck

Explanation:

“Sabotage” is a word that can be used as a verb or a noun, but because all of the potential answer choices are verbs, we will need to consider it as a noun. When “sabotage” is used as a verb, it means “deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), especially for political or military advantage,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “deliberately destroy.” That means that “renovate” cannot be the correct answer, because “renovate” is a verb that means “restore (something old, especially a building) to a good state of repair,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “sabotage.” “Wreck,” however, is a word that when used as a verb, can mean “destroy or severely damage (a structure or vehicle),” and because “wreck” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “sabotage,” “wreck” is the correct answer.

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

A synonym of “assembly” is __________.

Possible Answers:

preparation

network

facet

meeting

individual

Correct answer:

meeting

Explanation:

“Assembly” is a noun that can mean “a group of people gathered together in one place for a common purpose,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “a group of people gathered together with a common goal.” That means that “individual” cannot be the correct answer, because “individual,” when used as a noun, means “a single human being as distinct from a group, class, or family,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “assembly.” “Meeting,” however, is a noun that means “an assembly of people, especially the members of a society or committee, for discussion or entertainment,” and because “meeting” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “assembly,” “meeting” is the correct answer.

Example Question #13 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

A synonym of “finesse” is __________.

Possible Answers:

ineptness

delirium

tact

nemesis

hierarchy

Correct answer:

tact

Explanation:

“Finesse” is a word that can be used as a noun or a verb, but because all of the possible answer choices are nouns, we will need to consider “finesse” as a noun. When used as a noun, “finesse” means either “intricate and refined delicacy” or “artful subtlety, typically that needed for tactful handling of a difficulty.” So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “refined delicacy” or “artful subtlety.” That means that “ineptness” cannot be the correct answer, because “ineptness” means “the quality of having or showing no skill; clumsiness,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “finesse.” “Tact,” however, is a noun that means “adroitness and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues,” and because “tact” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “finesse,” “tact” is the correct answer.

Example Question #12 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

CUSTOM

Possible Answers:

convention

correlation

trick

race

craft

Correct answer:

convention

Explanation:

custom is a tradition or convention.

Example Question #13 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

A synonym of “yearning” is __________.

Possible Answers:

conversation

avoidance

luster

emotion

desire

Correct answer:

desire

Explanation:

“Yearning” is a noun that means “a feeling of intense longing for something,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “intense longing.” That means that “avoidance” cannot be the correct answer, because “avoidance” means “the act of keeping away from or stopping oneself,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “yearning.” “Desire,” however, is a noun that can mean “a strong feeling of wishing for something to happen,” and because “desire” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “yearning,” “desire” is the correct answer.

Example Question #14 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

Synonyms: Select the words that are most similar in meaning.

Hiatus

Possible Answers:

Break

Intellect

Surrender

Enrollment

Beggar

Correct answer:

Break

Explanation:

"Hiatus" means a break or interruption.

Example Question #15 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

Synonyms: Select the words that are most similar in meaning.

Brevity

Possible Answers:

Selection

Shortness

Consistency

Duct

Preparation

Correct answer:

Shortness

Explanation:

"Brevity" means a shortness of time or duration. It also means expressing a lot in few words.

Example Question #16 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

Synonyms: Select the words that are most similar in meaning.

Correlation

Possible Answers:

Influence

Recognition 

Propulsion

Relationship

Caution

Correct answer:

Relationship

Explanation:

A "correlation" is a relationship between two or more things.

Example Question #17 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

Synonyms: Select the words that are most similar in meaning.

Peril

Possible Answers:

Narrative

Introversion

Danger

Vertex

Principal

Correct answer:

Danger

Explanation:

"Peril" means danger.

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