SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Nouns for Abstract Concepts

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Example Question #785 : Synonyms

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

PUGNACITY

Possible Answers:

Plasticity

Truculence

Piety

Alacrity

Abnegation

Correct answer:

Truculence

Explanation:

"Pugnacity" is "truculence," aggression, willingness to fight. "Abnegation" can mean self-denial and abstemiousness or renunciation of beliefs, depending on the context. "Alacrity" is a synonym for "eagerness," and "plasticity" is a synonym for "malleability." "Piety" is the quality of being devout in one's religious practices.

Example Question #786 : Synonyms

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

EPOCH

Possible Answers:

Heroic poem

Era

Equanimity

Reticence

Propinquity

Correct answer:

Era

Explanation:

An "epoch" is an "era," a long and discrete period of time. Although "epoch" and "epic" are pronounced similarly, the latter describes a long, eventful poem or similar work of literature. "Propinquity" means proximity, and "equanimity" means coolness, composure. "Reticence" is shyness.

Example Question #787 : Synonyms

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

ANTIPATHY

Possible Answers:

Plethora

Turpitude

Hospitality

Hatred

Lassitude

Correct answer:

Hatred

Explanation:

"Antipathy" is a synonym for "hatred," loathing, and hostility. "Hospitality" is friendliness or neighborliness and is therefore an antonym for "antipathy." "Lassitude" means lethargy, and "turpitude" means moral corruption. A "plethora" of something is an abundance or surfeit.

Example Question #788 : Synonyms

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

PROTOCOL

Possible Answers:

Governance

Etiquette

Complacency

Heist

Vessel

Correct answer:

Etiquette

Explanation:

"Protocol" is a noun meaning a procedure or set of rules. Similarly, "etiquette" is a noun meaning the customary code of behavior among a group of people, and therefore an appropriate synonym for "protocol."

Example Question #411 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

AUSTERITY

Possible Answers:

Nascence

Provenance

Nescience

Severity

Ignorance

Correct answer:

Severity

Explanation:

"Austerity" means harshness, stringency, and "severity." The "provenance" of an object (e.g. a work of art) is its officially documented origins, and "nascence" is the state of coming into being or having just begun. "Nescience" and "ignorance" are synonyms.

Example Question #790 : Synonyms

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

QUIBBLE

Possible Answers:

Criticism

Plumed pen

Hoax

Elaborate plan

Melancholy

Correct answer:

Criticism

Explanation:

A "quibble" is a minor fight, objection, or "criticism." A "quill" is a plumed pen. An "elaborate plan" could be a scheme, and a "hoax" is a prank or a trick. "Melancholy" is the state of sadness or wistfulness.

Example Question #411 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

HEX

Possible Answers:

Brevity

Iniquity

Disparity

Hullabaloo

Curse

Correct answer:

Curse

Explanation:

"Hexes" are curses (of the evil spell variety, not the swear word kind). Don't confuse this with "iniquity," which denotes the more general concept of evil. A "hullabaloo" is a ruckus, and a "disparity" is a discrepancy. "Brevity" is a synonym for "briefness."

Example Question #412 : Synonyms: Nouns For Abstract Concepts

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

SEMBLANCE

Possible Answers:

Currency

Antipathy

Paucity

Appearance

Euphoria

Correct answer:

Appearance

Explanation:

To have the "semblance" of something is to have the surface appearance (but usually not the true essence) of that thing. "Currency" can mean prevalence or legal tender, depending on the context. "Antipathy" is a synonym for "strong hatred," while "paucity" is a synonym for "scarcity." "Euphoria" is the state of ecstasy.

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