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 #911 : Ssat Middle Level Verbal

A synonym of “quibble” is __________.

Possible Answers:

emotion

energy

complaint

compliment

bubble

Correct answer:

complaint

Explanation:

“Quibble” is a word that can be used as a noun or a verb, but because all of the answer choices can be used as nouns, we will need to consider “quibble” as a noun. When used as a noun, “quibble” means “a slight objection or criticism,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “a slight objection.” That means that “compliment” cannot be the correct answer, because “compliment,” when used as a noun, means “a polite expression of praise or admiration,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “quibble.” “Complaint,” however, is a noun that means “a statement that a situation is unsatisfactory,” and because “complaint” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “quibble,” “complaint” is the correct answer.

Example Question #21 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

A synonym of “woe” is __________.

Possible Answers:

despondency

contract

jubilation

age

persistence

Correct answer:

despondency

Explanation:

“Woe” is a noun that means “great sorrow or distress,” so we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like “great sorrow.” That means that “jubilation” cannot be the correct answer, because “jubilation” means “a feeling of great happiness,” making it an antonym, not a synonym, of “woe.” “Despondency,” however, is a noun that means “a loss of hope or courage,” and because “despondency” is the answer choice closest in meaning to “woe,” “despondency” is the correct answer.

Example Question #22 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

Synonyms: pick the word that is most similar in meaning to the word in question.

Statute

Possible Answers:

Design

Marble

Rule

Flattery

Nomad

Correct answer:

Rule

Explanation:

A "statute" is an enactment made by a legislature or a permanent rule made by an institution.

Example Question #23 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

Synonyms: pick the word that is most similar in meaning to the word in question.

Zenith

Possible Answers:

Encouragement

Breath

Citizen

Peak

Poverty

Correct answer:

Peak

Explanation:

A "zenith" is a peak or high point.

Example Question #24 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

Synonyms: pick the word that is most similar in meaning to the word in question.

Qualm

Possible Answers:

Faith

Judgment

Mentality

Disclaimer

Uneasiness

Correct answer:

Uneasiness

Explanation:

A "qualm" is a feeling of uneasiness or guilt.

Example Question #25 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

Synonyms: pick the word that is most similar in meaning to the word in question.

Mores

Possible Answers:

Customs

Necessities 

Floods

Governments

Abductions

Correct answer:

Customs

Explanation:

"Mores" means the customs or conventions of a community.

Example Question #26 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

Synonyms: choose the answer that is closest in meaning to the word in question.

Adversity

Possible Answers:

Subtraction

Ethics

Development

Difficulty

Chemicals

Correct answer:

Difficulty

Explanation:

"Adversity" means hardship or difficulty.

Example Question #27 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

Synonyms: choose the answer that is closest in meaning to the word in question.

Stress

Possible Answers:

Pressure

Confidence

Destruction

Ambition

Scarcity

Correct answer:

Pressure

Explanation:

"Stress" means pressure; Ambition means goal; Destruction means devastation; Confidence means having high self-esteem; and Scarcity means lacking.

Example Question #28 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

Synonyms: choose the answer that is closest in meaning to the word in question.

Vicinity

Possible Answers:

Emperor

Invader

Area

Spacecraft

Inhabitants

Correct answer:

Area

Explanation:

"Vicinity" means local area; Emperor means leader; Invader is a foreigner trying to conquer another area; Inhabitants are residents of a particular location; and Spacecraft is a vehicle to go to outerspace.

Example Question #29 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

Synonyms: choose the answer that is closest in meaning to the word in question.

Span

Possible Answers:

Shortage

Origin

Length

Tradition

Bacteria

Correct answer:

Length

Explanation:

"Span" means distance; Tradition means custom; Shortage means insufficient; Origin means the beginning of something; and Bacteria is a microscopic organism.

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