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 #1160 : Ssat Upper Level Verbal

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

CONTROVERSY

Possible Answers:

complication

parlance

corruption

dissention

cacophony

Correct answer:

dissention

Explanation:

"Controversy" is disagreement or dissention.

Example Question #1161 : Ssat Upper Level Verbal

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

CONVICTION

Possible Answers:

headwear

belief

friendship

betrayal

punishment

Correct answer:

belief

Explanation:

A "conviction" is a belief that someone has.

Example Question #1162 : Ssat Upper Level Verbal

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

VITALITY

Possible Answers:

death

liveliness

puncture

flexibility

heat

Correct answer:

liveliness

Explanation:

"Vitality" means the state of being strong and active, or liveliness.

Example Question #1163 : Ssat Upper Level Verbal

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

ALTERCATION

Possible Answers:

popularity

ambiguity

danger

meal

quarrel

Correct answer:

quarrel

Explanation:

An "altercation" is a noisy argument or quarrel.

Example Question #1164 : Ssat Upper Level Verbal

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

ALLUSION

Possible Answers:

reference

repetition

victory

secret

impossibility

Correct answer:

reference

Explanation:

An "allusion" is an indirect or passing reference.

Example Question #1165 : Ssat Upper Level Verbal

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

CIRCUMLOCUTION.

Possible Answers:

Add insult to injury

Driving a hard bargain

Beating around the bush

Barking up the wrong tree

Making the most of something

Correct answer:

Beating around the bush

Explanation:

The answer choices for this question are unique, in that all five of them are common English idioms. An idiom is a common word or phrase with a well understood cultural meaning, you will have probably heard them used countless times throughout your life. “Circumlocution” means talking around something, expressing an idea indirectly this is most similar in meaning to the idiom “beating around the bush” which means talking around the intended subject.

Example Question #1166 : Ssat Upper Level Verbal

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

TURBULENCE.

Possible Answers:

Miscreant

Blandish 

Disorder 

Happiness

Good fortune

Correct answer:

Disorder 

Explanation:

“Turbulence” refers to disorder and unrest. For clarification, "blandish" means to get someone to do what you want using flattery; a "miscreant" is a troublemaker.

Example Question #1167 : Ssat Upper Level Verbal

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

LASSITUDE.

Possible Answers:

Wonderment

Energy 

Global 

Mediocrity 

Lethargy 

Correct answer:

Lethargy 

Explanation:

“Lassitude” describes a state of weariness and apathy and is therefore most similar in meaning to “lethargy,” which means to feel tired and lacking in energy. For clarification, "mediocrity" refers to a condition of being average in a negative way.

Example Question #1168 : Ssat Upper Level Verbal

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

EXCURSION.

Possible Answers:

Creation 

Outing 

Accomplice

Festival 

Eulogy 

Correct answer:

Outing 

Explanation:

An “excursion” is an outing, or a journey. For clarification an accomplice is someone who assists or collaborates; a eulogy is a speech given at a funeral.

Example Question #1169 : Ssat Upper Level Verbal

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

INVECTIVE. 

Possible Answers:

Obfuscate 

Parsimonious 

Analysis

Diatribe 

Benevolent 

Correct answer:

Diatribe 

Explanation:

An “invective” is a bitter and angry criticism. Synonyms for “invective” include tirade and diatribe. For clarification, obfuscate means to make something confusing or obscure; benevolent means good-natured; parsimonious means frugal and not generous with money.

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