SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Roots from Latin

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #21 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

NULLIFY

Possible Answers:

Rest

Persuade

Lurk

Clean

Cancel

Correct answer:

Cancel

Explanation:

"To nullify" is to cancel. The Latin root word, "nullus," means no or none.

Example Question #22 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

COPIOUS

Possible Answers:

Melodramatic

Plentiful

Distinct

Tiring

Hackneyed

Correct answer:

Plentiful

Explanation:

"Copious" means plentiful or large in quantity. The Latin root word, "copia," means abundance.

Example Question #23 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

COMPLACENT

Possible Answers:

Central

Amphibious

Wounded

Surprising

Smug

Correct answer:

Smug

Explanation:

"Complacent" means pleased, especially with oneself or one's situation. Thus, the best answer choice is smug. The root word "plac-" means please.

Example Question #24 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

COSMOPOLITAN

Possible Answers:

Scourged

Agitated

Worldly

Transferable 

Vital

Correct answer:

Worldly

Explanation:

"Cosmopolitan" means familiar with and at ease in many different countries and cultures. It also means sophisticated. Thus, the best answer choice is "worldly," which also means sophisticated. The root word "cosmo-" means world or universe, and the root word "poli" means city.

Example Question #25 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

Synonyms: pick the word that is most similar in meaning to the word in question.

MAGNATE

Possible Answers:

Penalty

Dissipation

Tycoon

Viability

Indulgence

Correct answer:

Tycoon

Explanation:

A "magnate" is an influential or powerful person. A tycoon is a businessperson of great power and wealth. The root word "magnus" means great.

Example Question #26 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

ODIOUS

Possible Answers:

Smelly

Just

Detestable

Speechless

Grandiose

Correct answer:

Detestable

Explanation:

"Odious" means detestable or causing hatred. The Latin root word, "odium," means hatred.

Example Question #27 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

GRANDILOQUENT

Possible Answers:

Enormous

Known

Pretentious

Concealed

Uniting

Correct answer:

Pretentious

Explanation:

"Grandiloquent" means pompous or extravagant in one's speaking. The best answer choice is "pretentious." The Latin root word, "grandis," means great, and the Latin root word, "loqui," means to speak.

Example Question #28 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

SOMNOLENT

Possible Answers:

Representative

Apathetic

Sleepy

Qualified

Philosophical

Correct answer:

Sleepy

Explanation:

"Somnolent" means sleepy. The Latin root word, "somnus," means sleep.

Example Question #29 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

ATTENUATE

Possible Answers:

Circle

Weaken

Insert

Condemn

Delegate

Correct answer:

Weaken

Explanation:

To "attenuate" is to weaken or make thin. The Latin root word, "tenuis," means thin.

Example Question #30 : Synonyms: Roots From Latin

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

IMPEDE

Possible Answers:

Debate

Clarify

Inspire

Accompish

Block

Correct answer:

Block

Explanation:

"Impede" means to block.

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