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:

secret

aggressive

tired

obscure

naughty

Correct answer:

aggressive

Explanation:

"Bellicose" means demonstrating willingness to fight, aggressive.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

CORRUPT

Possible Answers:

mixed

rough

moldy

secretive

dishonest

Correct answer:

dishonest

Explanation:

"Corrupt" means lacking in integrity, or dishonest.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

DOCILE

Possible Answers:

obedient

timid

angry

beautiful

pestering

Correct answer:

obedient

Explanation:

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

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

FASTIDIOUS

Possible Answers:

pandering

perfectionist

independent

trustworthy

cowardly

Correct answer:

perfectionist

Explanation:

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

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

TACITURN

Possible Answers:

bothersome

untalkative

tired

flat

greedy

Correct answer:

untalkative

Explanation:

"Taciturn" means reserved in speech, or untalkative.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

TRANQUIL

Possible Answers:

fast-growing

calm

restless

choosy

pointy

Correct answer:

calm

Explanation:

"Tranquil" means free from disturbance, or calm.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

CALLOUS

Possible Answers:

routine

insane

perfect

heartless

passable

Correct answer:

heartless

Explanation:

"Callous" means insensitive, or heartless.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

MUNIFICENT. 

Possible Answers:

Prodigal 

Miserly 

Ostentatious 

Generous 

Jubilant 

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:

Greedy 

Ridiculous 

Vicious 

Lethargic 

Slothful 

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:

Philanthropic

Miserly 

Timid 

Haughty 

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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