SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

BELLICOSE

Possible Answers:

obscure

naughty

aggressive

tired

secret

Correct answer:

aggressive

Explanation:

"Bellicose" means demonstrating willingness to fight, aggressive.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

CORRUPT

Possible Answers:

moldy

mixed

rough

secretive

dishonest

Correct answer:

dishonest

Explanation:

"Corrupt" means lacking in integrity, or dishonest.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

DOCILE

Possible Answers:

obedient

angry

timid

beautiful

pestering

Correct answer:

obedient

Explanation:

"Docile" means ready to accept control, or obedient.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

FASTIDIOUS

Possible Answers:

independent

perfectionist

cowardly

trustworthy

pandering

Correct answer:

perfectionist

Explanation:

"Fastidious" means very attentive to detail, or perfectionist.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

TACITURN

Possible Answers:

untalkative

flat

bothersome

greedy

tired

Correct answer:

untalkative

Explanation:

"Taciturn" means reserved in speech, or untalkative.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

TRANQUIL

Possible Answers:

calm

choosy

pointy

restless

fast-growing

Correct answer:

calm

Explanation:

"Tranquil" means free from disturbance, or calm.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

CALLOUS

Possible Answers:

passable

perfect

heartless

insane

routine

Correct answer:

heartless

Explanation:

"Callous" means insensitive, or heartless.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

MUNIFICENT. 

Possible Answers:

Miserly 

Generous 

Ostentatious 

Jubilant 

Prodigal 

Correct answer:

Generous 

Explanation:

“Munificent” describes someone who is very generous, particularly with regards to money. For clarification prodigal means extravagant or wasteful; ostentatious means luxurious; jubilant means very happy; miserly means not generous or very stingy.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

AVARICIOUS. 

Possible Answers:

Slothful 

Greedy 

Lethargic 

Ridiculous 

Vicious 

Correct answer:

Greedy 

Explanation:

"Avaricious” describes someone who is greedy and desiring of wealth accumulation. For clarification vicious means aggressive and mean; lethargic means very tired; slothful means lazy to the point of sin; ridiculous means absurd.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

PARSIMONIOUS.

Possible Answers:

Haughty 

Miserly 

Timid 

Philanthropic

Intrepid 

Correct answer:

Miserly 

Explanation:

A “parsimonious” person is someone who is very frugal or disinclined to give money. Therefore the best possible correct answer is “miserly” which also means not generous with money. For clarification intrepid means bold and adventurous; philanthropic means charitable; timid means shy; haughty means proud.

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