SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance, Materiality, and Sensory Imagery

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

SLENDER

Possible Answers:

floral

rude

slim

exotic

artistic

Correct answer:

slim

Explanation:

"Slender" means gracefully thin, or slim.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance, Materiality, And Sensory Imagery

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

APPARITIONAL.

Possible Answers:

Life-like 

Pugnacious 

Ghostly 

Movable 

Breezy 

Correct answer:

Ghostly 

Explanation:

If something is “apparitional” it has the appearance of something ghostly. So the correct answer is “ghostly.” For clarification, "pugnacious" means aggressive or combative; "breezy" means light and easy.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance, Materiality, And Sensory Imagery

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

ALGID. 

Possible Answers:

Happy and serene

Hot and bothered

Amiable and outgoing

Feverish and cold

Reserved and timid

Correct answer:

Feverish and cold

Explanation:

The term, “algid,” is used to describe an episode experienced during a fever where the individual feels cold and clammy. The best answer is “feverish and cold.” For clarification, "amiable" means friendly; "timid" means shy; "serene" means peaceful.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance, Materiality, And Sensory Imagery

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

BLOATED.

Possible Answers:

Swollen

Forlorn 

Diminished 

Effervescent

Skinny

Correct answer:

Swollen

Explanation:

If something is “bloated” it is fat and swollen. For clarification, "effervescent" means bubbly and energetic; "forlorn" means to feel sad and pitiful; "diminished" means made smaller.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance, Materiality, And Sensory Imagery

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

PERCEPTIBLE

Possible Answers:

morose

detectable

harsh

passable

obvious

Correct answer:

detectable

Explanation:

"Perceptible" means able to be noticed, or detectable.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance, Materiality, And Sensory Imagery

Synonyms

Immaculate

Possible Answers:

Rancid

Malodoruous

Odious

Trite

Clean

Correct answer:

Clean

Explanation:

"Immaculate" means clean. Odious means extremely unpleasant; rancid means rotten; malodorous means bad odor; and trite means overused.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance, Materiality, And Sensory Imagery

Synonyms

Radiant

Possible Answers:

Gloomy

Abundant

Sullen

Disrespectful

Bright

Correct answer:

Bright

Explanation:

"Radiant" means bright; gloomy and sullen means dark or depressing; abundant means a lot; disrespectful means rude or impolite.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance, Materiality, And Sensory Imagery

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

DERELICT

Possible Answers:

Skillful

Salient

Confused

Tiresome

Abandoned

Correct answer:

Abandoned

Explanation:

"Derelict" means run-down or abandoned. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "derelict": "tiresome" means exhausting or annoying; "skillful" means talented; "confused" means bewildered; and "salient" means relevant or overt.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

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

ROTUND

Possible Answers:

Framed

Plump

Sedulous

Courageous 

Secondary

Correct answer:

Plump

Explanation:

"Rotund" means round or plump. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "rotund"; "secondary" means of less importance than something else; "framed" means set up to be falsely blamed for a crime one did not commit; "sedulous" means "diligent"; and "courageous" means brave.

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Appearance, Materiality, And Sensory Imagery

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

ETHEREAL

Possible Answers:

Delicate

Tense

Outraged

Refrigerated

Subordinate

Correct answer:

Delicate

Explanation:

"Ethereal" means almost as light as air or delicate, so "delicate" is the correct answer. None of the other answers are close in meaning to "ethereal": "outraged" means very angry; "refrigerated" means chilled; "subordinate" means lower in rank; and "tense" means stressed.

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