SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #201 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

VIRULENTLY

Possible Answers:

Innovatively

Ostentatiously

Superfluously

Bitterly

Ingeniously

Correct answer:

Bitterly

Explanation:

"Virulent" means bitter or extremely harmful, depending on the context (e.g. a virulent tirade or a virulent disease). "Ingenious" is a synonym for "clever" and "innovative." "Superfluous" means excessive or unnecessary. "Ostentatious" means showy in a conspicuous, pretentious way.

Example Question #202 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

UNIRONICALLY

Possible Answers:

Deplorably

Trenchantly

Mordantly

Earnestly

Insincerely

Correct answer:

Earnestly

Explanation:

If something is "not ironic," it is sincere or in earnest. "Mordant" and "trenchant" are synonyms for harsh, cutting. "Deplorable" means reprehensible or disgraceful.

Example Question #203 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

SERENDIPITOUSLY

Possible Answers:

Cacophonously

Heedlessly

Religiously

Sibilantly

Fortunately

Correct answer:

Fortunately

Explanation:

"Serendipity" is luck or random good fortune. This isn't the same thing as "religious" or "faithful." "Heedless" means reckless, unmindful, and incautious. "Sibilant" describes a hissing sound, and "cacophonous" describes a chaotic mess of sound.

Example Question #204 : Synonyms: Adverbs

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

JOCULARLY

Possible Answers:

Disarmingly

Jokingly

Insufferably

Obdurately

Execrably

Correct answer:

Jokingly

Explanation:

"Jocular" means joking, humorous. "Execrable" means terrible, dreadful. "Insufferable" is a synonym for "dreadful." "Obdurate" means stubborn, recalcitrant. "Disarming" means charming or beguiling.

Example Question #941 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

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

VERACIOUSLY

Possible Answers:

Covertly

Circumspectly

Ostentatiously

Truthfully

Mendaciously

Correct answer:

Truthfully

Explanation:

"Veracious" is a synonym for "truthful." This is an antonym for "mendacious," which means dishonest. "Circumspect" means cautious, guarded. "Covert" means furtive, secretive, or stealthy. "Ostentatious" is a synonym for "showy."

Example Question #942 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

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

DEMURELY

Possible Answers:

Modestly

Unwittingly

Perceptively

Immanently

Secretively

Correct answer:

Modestly

Explanation:

"Demure" means modest, meek, or shy and is almost always used to describe a young lady. "Immanent" is a synonym for "inherent," and "perceptive" means insightful, intuitive. "Unwitting" means unaware, unknowing, or even oblivious. "Secretive" means stealthy or furtive.

Example Question #943 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

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

INTERMINABLY

Possible Answers:

Vociferously

Ceaselessly

Vehemently

Rudely

Dubiously

Correct answer:

Ceaselessly

Explanation:

"Interminable" means ceaseless, unending. "Dubious" can mean doubtful or suspicious, depending on the context. "Vociferous" and "vehement" are synonyms. Another word for "rude" is impolite, discourteous.

Example Question #944 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

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

DROLLY

Possible Answers:

Surreptitiously

Gloomily

Humorously

Inexorably

Fictitiously

Correct answer:

Humorously

Explanation:

"Droll" is another word for humorous or mirthful. "Fictitious" means false, fabricated. "Gloomy" is a synonym for melancholy or downcast or, depending on context, dark and shadowy. "Surreptitious" and "furtive" are synonyms, as are "inexorable" and "unyielding."

Example Question #945 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

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

PERSIPACIOUSLY

Possible Answers:

Elastically

Perceptively

Assiduously

Oppressively

Relevantly

Correct answer:

Perceptively

Explanation:

"Perspicacious" is another word for perceptive and astute. A synonym for "relevant" is germane, and a synonym for "oppressive" is overpowering, burdensome. To be "elastic" is to be flexible, either literally (as with fabric) or figuratively (as with a resilient personality). "Assiduous" is a synonym for "hardworking."

Example Question #946 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

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

GLIBLY

Possible Answers:

Discursively

Zoologically

Masterfully

Smoothly

Misanthropically

Correct answer:

Smoothly

Explanation:

"Glib" speech is smooth, polished, and not always sincere. "Masterful" is another word for expert or skillful. "Zoology" is the study of animals, and "misanthropy" is the hatred or dislike of humankind. "Discursive" means rambling, wordy, or meandering and usually refers to explanations or discussions.

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