SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SSAT Upper Level Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #31 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

BLITHE

Possible Answers:

Isolated

Joyful

Adopted

Candid

Hurried

Correct answer:

Joyful

Explanation:

"Blithe" means joyful, so the correct answer is "joyful."

Example Question #32 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

DESPONDENT

Possible Answers:

Sheer

Rigid

Ultimate

Hopeless

Bespectacled

Correct answer:

Hopeless

Explanation:

"Despondent" means feeling hopeless.  

Example Question #33 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

CORDIAL 

Possible Answers:

Stuffy

Courtly

Seasonal

Proper

Friendly

Correct answer:

Friendly

Explanation:

"Cordial" means warm and open. (Example: "The hostess was very cordial towards her guests, offering them tea and cookies.") The word closest in meaning to "cordial" is therefore "friendly," the best answer choice.

Example Question #932 : Synonyms

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

VORACIOUS

Possible Answers:

Ravenous

Delicious

Edible

Indignant

Explicit

Correct answer:

Ravenous

Explanation:

"Voracious" is an adjective that means wanting or devouring great quantities of something, often food. So, we're looking for an adjective that has to do with food and specifically means extremely hungry. Three of the listed answer choices have to do with food: "edible" means able to be eaten, so it's not a synonym of "voracious." "Delicious" means pleasant to the taste, so it is also not a synonym of "voracious." "Ravenous," which means extremely hungry, is a synonym of "voracious," so it is the best answer choice.

Example Question #34 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

TEPID

Possible Answers:

Scalding

Stagnant

Unenthusiastic

Invested

Frigid

Correct answer:

Unenthusiastic

Explanation:

You may have seen the word tepid paired with the water in the past and assumed that it meant frigid (cold), stagnant (standing still), or Scalding (extremely hot), but the word actually means lukewarm or unenthusiastic.

Example Question #35 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

KEEN

Possible Answers:

Quiet

Gloomy

Curved

Enthusiastic

Observant

Correct answer:

Enthusiastic

Explanation:

Keen means showing eagerness or enthusiasm.

Example Question #941 : Synonyms

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

SKEPTICAL

Possible Answers:

Fetid

Quirky

Agreeable

Doubting

Ready

Correct answer:

Doubting

Explanation:

Skeptical means having doubt.  

Example Question #36 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

INFURIATED

Possible Answers:

Hoodwinked

Overwhelmed

Splattered

Excluded

Enraged

Correct answer:

Enraged

Explanation:

Infuriated means made extremely angry, or enraged.

Example Question #37 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

CONTRITE

Possible Answers:

Discreet

Transparent

Dignified 

Diminutive 

Remorseful

Correct answer:

Remorseful

Explanation:

Contrite means remorseful and filled with the desire to repent.  

Example Question #944 : Synonyms

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

IRATE

Possible Answers:

Longitudinal

Melancholy

Furious

Rapid

Legal

Correct answer:

Furious

Explanation:

Irate means very angry or furious.

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