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 #81 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

ADDLED

Possible Answers:

Terrified

Blissful

Lonesome

Somber

Perplexed

Correct answer:

Perplexed

Explanation:

The adjective "addled" means confused, perplexed, unable to think clearly (due to drug use or mental illness). Additionally, "somber" means grave and serious; "blissful" means very happy.

Example Question #82 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

INCENDIARY

Possible Answers:

Sinewy

Fastidious

Instantaneous

Flammable

Precarious

Correct answer:

Flammable

Explanation:

"Incendiary" means flammable, combustible, likely to catch on fire. It can also be used to describe comments and statements, in which case it means provocative, likely to cause a passionate reaction. Additionally, "precarious" means dangerous; "fastidious" means hard to please, obsessive; "sinewy" means strong, muscular and brawny; "instantaneous" means occurring in an instant.

Example Question #83 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

CENSORIOUS

Possible Answers:

Dulcet

Fatuous

Academic

Facile

Hypercritical

Correct answer:

Hypercritical

Explanation:

"Censorious" means overly critical. "Academic" describes institutionalized study, usually at a university. "Dulcet" means mellifluous or sweet sounding. "Fatuous" is another word for "silly," and "facile" is a synonym for "simplistic" or superficial.

Example Question #84 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

CONTRITE

Possible Answers:

Erratic

Onerous

Penitent

Asinine

Fallacious

Correct answer:

Penitent

Explanation:

"Contrite" means "penitent," repentant, or sorry. "Fallacious" means erroneous or false. "Asinine" is another word for stupid or idiotic. "Erratic" is a synonym for "unpredictable." "Onerous" is a synonym for "laborious" or difficult.

Example Question #85 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

VULNERABLE

Possible Answers:

Prudent

Potent

Rash

Defenseless

Solicitous

Correct answer:

Defenseless

Explanation:

"Vulnerable" means "defenseless," powerless, or helpless. This is an antonym for "potent," or powerful. "Rash" is a synonym for "reckless" and an antonym for "prudent" or cautious. "Solicitous" means concerned and caring.

Example Question #86 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Emotional States

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

UNFLAPPABLE

Possible Answers:

imperturbable

Eremitic

Gravid

Laudatory

Somnolent

Correct answer:

imperturbable

Explanation:

"Imperturbable" and "unflappable" both mean unable to be upset easily. "Somnolent" means sleepy, and "gravid" means pregnant (literally or figuratively). "Laudatory" is another word for congratulatory or praiseworthy. "Eremitic" is another word for reclusive, solitary.

Example Question #991 : Synonyms

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

CONCILIATORY

Possible Answers:

Winsome

Crucial

Placatory

Penurious

Integral

Correct answer:

Placatory

Explanation:

"Conciliatory" means "placatory" or appeasing. "Crucial" means essential, as does integral. "Winsome" is a synonym for "attractive." "Penurious" means impoverished, penniless.

Example Question #992 : Synonyms

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

IMPERTERBABLE

Possible Answers:

Obsequious

Composed

Eloquent

Spurious

Confounded

Correct answer:

Composed

Explanation:

"Imperturbable" means calm, "composed," unable to be shaken. "Obsequious" means fawning or flattering, and "spurious" means false or fictitious. "Eloquent" means articulate and fluent. "Confounded" means bewildered.

Example Question #993 : Synonyms

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

SOLICITOUS

Possible Answers:

Concerned

Innocuous

Seditious

Sordid

Ingenuous

Correct answer:

Concerned

Explanation:

"Solicitous" means concerned and caring. "Ingenuous" means naive and childlike, while "innocuous" means harmless. "Seditious" is a synonym for "treasonous." "Sordid" is a synonym for "filthy."

Example Question #994 : Synonyms

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

INDULGENT

Possible Answers:

Opulent

Lenient

Debilitated

Instructive

Terrifying

Correct answer:

Lenient

Explanation:

"Indulgent" means "lenient," liberal, permissive. "Instructive" is a synonym for "instructional" or educational. "Terrifying" means very frightening. "Debilitated" means extremely weakened, enervated. "Opulent" means lavish, luxurious, and rich.

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