SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Nouns for Abstract Concepts

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #361 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

FATHOM

Possible Answers:

Shininess

Depth

Truism

Weight

Superficiality

Correct answer:

Depth

Explanation:

A "fathom" is a unit used to measure the depth of water. "Depth" itself is an antonym for superficiality, or shallowness. A "truism" is a platitude or empty saying. Another word for "shininess" is gloss or luster.

Example Question #362 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

CREDULITY

Possible Answers:

Belief

Velocity

Distrust

Assignation

Commendation

Correct answer:

Belief

Explanation:

"Credulity" means "belief" and particularly gullibility. This is an antonym for "distrust." Another word for "velocity" is speed, and another word for "assignation" is rendezvous. "Commendation" is acclaim or praise.

Example Question #363 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

CURRENCY

Possible Answers:

Prevalence

Verisimilitude

Mendacity

Bouquet

Credulity

Correct answer:

Prevalence

Explanation:

For an idea to gain "currency" is for it to become prevalent and widely accepted. A "bouquet" is a bunch of flowers, and "verisimilitude" is the appearance of realness. "Credulity" is gullibility, and "mendacity" is dishonesty.

Example Question #364 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

DISPARITY

Possible Answers:

Futility

Discrepancy

Oath

Aplomb

Epitome

Correct answer:

Discrepancy

Explanation:

A "disparity" is a "discrepancy" or difference. An "oath" is a vow, and an "epitome" is a paragon or a perfect example of something. "Futility" means pointlessness or fruitlessness. "Aplomb" is a synonym for "poise."

Example Question #365 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

CAMARADERIE

Possible Answers:

Complicity

Conviviality

Iniquity

Tirade

Complacency

Correct answer:

Conviviality

Explanation:

"Camaraderie" means comradeship, friendship, and "conviviality." "Iniquity" means evil, and "propinquity" means proximity. A "tirade" is a rant or a harangue. "Complicity" is guilt, and "complacency" is smug self-satisfaction.

Example Question #366 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

INQUIRY

Possible Answers:

Disposition

Proclivity

Innuendo

Judgment

Investigation

Correct answer:

Investigation

Explanation:

An "inquiry" is another word for an investigation, a formal search for the truth primarily through questioning. Additionally, a "proclivity" is a natural tendency to do something or to prefer something; "innuendo" is a comment that is intended to be witty and is usually of a rude nature; "disposition" means temperament, character, a person's inherent qualities.

Example Question #367 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

PLIGHT

Possible Answers:

Danger

Outcome

Consideration

Liveliness

Affection

Correct answer:

Danger

Explanation:

"Plight" is danger, a situation that is dangerous or challenging, a predicament.

Example Question #368 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

DISPOSITION

Possible Answers:

Repose

Jettison

Ponderous

Attitude

Winsome

Correct answer:

Attitude

Explanation:

"Disposition" refers to an individual's temperament, their character and nature. This is closest in definition to "attitude." Additionally, "winsome" means charming or attractive; "repose" means rest; "jettison" means get rid of, discard; "ponderous" means slow and boring.

Example Question #369 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

CAPRICE

Possible Answers:

Penchant

Expurgation

Intoxication

Fancy

Levity

Correct answer:

Fancy

Explanation:

A "caprice" is a "fancy" or a whim. This is different from "levity," which means humor, lightheartedness, or vivacity. (Less commonly, it can describe a classical music composition.) "Intoxication" is drunkenness, and "expurgation" is censorship. A "penchant" for something is a proclivity, affinity, or liking for it.

Example Question #370 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

CONTRETEMPS

Possible Answers:

Quarrel

Squall

Preamble

Statuary

Indictment

Correct answer:

Quarrel

Explanation:

A "contretemps" is a minor "quarrel," disagreement, or argument. A "squall" is a storm or tempest. An "indictment" is a formal accusation or charge. "Preamble" is a synonym for "introduction," and "statuary" is another word for a group of statues.

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