SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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Example Question #1015 : Synonyms

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

CONCUPISCENT

Possible Answers:

Greedy

Bashful

Lustful

Munificent

Latitudinarian

Correct answer:

Lustful

Explanation:

"Concupiscent" means desirous and "lustful." "Greedy" is a synonym for "avaricious," and "latitudinarian" is a synonym for "tolerant" and all-encompassing, particularly in a religious context. "Munificent" means generous.

Example Question #1016 : Synonyms

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

ADDLED

Possible Answers:

Frenzied

Baffled

Spurious

Maudlin

Reproachful

Correct answer:

Baffled

Explanation:

"Addled" is another word for baffled or confused. To be "reproachful" is to be disapproving. "Spurious" means false or apocryphal. "Frenzied" is a synonym for "frantic," and "maudlin" is a synonym for "saccharine" or sentimental.

Example Question #1017 : Synonyms

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

JOCUND

Possible Answers:

Sniveling

Rotund

Fertile

Sonorous

Jovial

Correct answer:

Jovial

Explanation:

"Jocund" means "jovial," cheerful, or merry. Don't confuse this with "fecund," which means fertile, or "orotund," which means sonorous. "Rotund" is another word for plump or robust. To "snivel" is to cry and whine.

Example Question #1018 : Synonyms

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

SAUCY

Possible Answers:

Ostentatious

Cheeky

Opulent

Chicanery

Lachrymose

Correct answer:

Cheeky

Explanation:

"Saucy" means "cheeky," bold, or irreverent. "Lachrymose" is another word for tearful or maudlin. "Chicanery" means trickery and is a noun, not an adjective. "Ostentatious" means showy, while "opulent" means wealthy and luxurious.

Example Question #1019 : Synonyms

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

INCREDULOUS

Possible Answers:

Gullible

Incongruous

Dappled

Vulnerable

Disbelieving

Correct answer:

Disbelieving

Explanation:

"Incredulous" means skeptical or "disbelieving." This is the opposite of "gullible," which means overly trusting. Something "incongruous" doesn't fit or match, and something "dappled" is marked with large and usually lovely spots. "Vulnerable" means defenseless, helpless, and weak.

Example Question #1020 : Synonyms

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

GLOWERING

Possible Answers:

Clangorously

Sullen

Victorious

Kinetic

Forthright

Correct answer:

Sullen

Explanation:

To be "glowering" is to be scowling, angry, or sullen. "Frank" is a synonym of forthright. "Victorious" is a synonym of triumphant. "Clangorous" means loud and raucous. "Kinetic" means moving or having to do with movement.

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