SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms

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

ABSCOND. 

Possible Answers:

Profound 

Ameliorate

Annoy

Obdurate

Flee

Correct answer:

Flee

Explanation:

To “abscond” means to run away or flee. For clarification, "profound" means deep and meaningful; "ameliorate" means to relieve; "obdurate" means stubborn.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms

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

SEMINAL.

Possible Answers:

Ground-breaking 

Sensual 

Sound

Sardonic 

Soliloquy

Correct answer:

Ground-breaking 

Explanation:

“Seminal” means ground-breaking work. For clarification, "soliloquy" is part of a play in which a character talks alone to the audience; "sardonic" means ironic and whimsical; "sensual" means relating to physical pleasure.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms

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

UMBRAGE.

Possible Answers:

Offense

Youthful

Soft

Understanding

Loud

Correct answer:

Offense

Explanation:

To take “umbrage” means to take offense and resent somebody.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms

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

VIVACIOUS.

Possible Answers:

Critical

Energetic 

Generous

Miserly

Lethargic

Correct answer:

Energetic 

Explanation:

To be “vivacious” means to feel energetic. For clarification, "lethargic" means very lazy and exhausted; "miserly" is an antonym of generous.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms

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

INIMICAL.

Possible Answers:

Winsome

Pulchritudinous 

Bountiful

Adverse

Comely 

Correct answer:

Adverse

Explanation:

Something that is “inimical” is unfavorable or adverse. For clarification pulchritudinous means beautiful and comely means cute; winsome means charming and bountiful means plentiful.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms

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

BRUMAL.

Possible Answers:

Wintry

Meaningful

Provocative

Incendiary

Colloquial

Correct answer:

Wintry

Explanation:

“Brumal” is a synonym for cold and wintry conditions. For clarification incendiary and provocative are synonyms that both mean likely to provoke an adverse reaction; colloquial refers to a type of speaking distinct to a certain people or area.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms

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

BATTERY. 

Possible Answers:

Assault

Power

Create 

Defense 

Energy 

Correct answer:

Assault

Explanation:

“Battery” describes the unlawful use of force against somebody. The best available synonym would therefore be “assault.”

Example Question #2 : Synonyms

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

SYNOPSIS.

Possible Answers:

Disease 

Deleterious

Umbrage 

Summary 

Forensic 

Correct answer:

Summary 

Explanation:

A “synopsis” is a summary of events and is usually used as in “a synopsis of the movie . . .” For clarification, "deleterious" means very harmful; "umbrage" means to take offense; forensic is the science of crime-solving.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms

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

TEDIOUS. 

Possible Answers:

Provocative

Elusive 

Careful

Understanding

Dull

Correct answer:

Dull

Explanation:

Tedious means dull or boring. For clarification provocative means challenging and stimulating; elusive means hard to track down.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms

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

SURFEIT.

Possible Answers:

Shortage 

Deficiency

Excess

Deviancy

Lack 

Correct answer:

Excess

Explanation:

Having a “surfeit” of something means you have an excess of it. For clarification, "lack," "deficiency," and "shortage" are all synonyms that mean to not have enough of something making them antonyms of “surfeit” and excess; "deviancy" refers to immoral behavior.

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