Bespoke Education ISEE/SSAT - Set 6

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Terse
Concise, pithy, succinct.
Benevolent
Friendly and helpful
Alleviate
To relieve, make more bearable
Discredit
To harm the reputation of, dishonor or disgrace
Defer
To postpone something; to yield to the wisdom of another person
Tangential
Incidental, peripheral, divergent
Scrupulous
Conscientious, extremely thorough.
Inoculate
To vaccinate
Null
Zero value, empty set
Asylum
Sanctuary, shelter, place of refuge
Devious
Not straightforward, deceitful
Accommodating
Helpful, obliging, polite
Rancid
Having a terrible taste or smell
Divulge
To reveal something secret
Cryptic
Mysterious, puzzling, secret.
Deliberate
Intentional, reflecting careful consideration
Docile
Easily taught or trained
Artifact
a remnant, a remaining piece from an extinct culture or place
Recluse
One who lives shut off from others; hermit.
Affront
An insult
Deride
To mock, ridicule
Antipathy
A strong dislike, repugnance
Vitriolic
Caustic, bitter, cutting.
Indulgent
Humoring, yielding, lenient.
Raucous
Loud, boisterous
Vivacious
Full of life; lively, animated.
Profuse
Plentiful, abundant
Sanction
Approve or ratify.
Infamy
Notoriety, extreme ill repute
Infamous
Notoriously bad.
Wistful
Full of yearning; musingly sad
Cultivate
To nurture, improve, refine
Complacency
Self-satisfied ignorance of danger
Molten
Melted, heated to the melting point
Proscribe
To condemn, outlaw
Wrath
Vengeful anger, punishment
Aberration
Something that differs from the norm
Diffident
Shy, quiet, modest
Haggard
Wasted or gaunt in appearance.
Maudlin
Weakly sentimental
Irreverence
Disrespect
Ardor
Extreme vigor, energy, enthusiasm
Rebuke
To scold, criticize
Stingy
Not generous, not inclined to spend or give
Dour
Stern, joyless
Fanaticism
Excessive emotion for a particular issue or cause.
Surrogate
Substitute, stand-in
Hapless
Unlucky
Restrained
Controlled, repressed, restricted
Concede
to accept as valid
Exacerbate
To make more violent, intense
Ingenuity
Inventiveness, resourcefulness
Nonchalant
Calm, casual, seeming unexcited
Assess
To evaluate
Complicit
Acting as an accomplice in a wrongful act
Intermittent
Periodic, occasional.
Despondent
Depressed, gloomy.
Conformist
Person who complies with accepted rules and customs
Revert
To relapse, slip back
Comprehensive
Including everything
Astute
Wise, shrewd, clever.
Embellish
Adorn or exaggerate.
Coerce
To make somebody do something by force or threat
Predicament
Quandary, jam, mess, pickle
Refute
To prove wrong
Inadvertently
Carelessly, unintentionally.
Abet
To aid, help, encourage
Hardy
Robust, capable of surviving through adverse conditions
Evanescent
Quickly fading, short-lived, esp. an image
Prattle
Idle chatter, blather
Spurious
Lacking authenticity, false
Heterogeneous
Varied, diverse in character
Orthodox
Conventional, conforming to established protocol
Flagrant
Glaring, conspicuously offensive.
Figurative
Symbolic
Accolade
High praise, special distinction
Disinclination
Unwillingness.
Extenuating
Excusing, lessening the seriousness of guilt or crime, e.g., of mitigating factors
Skeptical
Doubtful, unbelieving.
Tactful
Considerate, skillful in acting to avoid offense to others
Fervor
Ardor, passion, intense feeling or expression.
Muse
To ponder, mull over; object of inspiration
Parched
Dried up, shriveled
Indigent
Very poor, impoverished
Poignant
Sharply painful or saddening.
Demean
To lower the status or stature of something
Scathing
Sharp, critical, hurtful
Mundane
Ordinary, commonplace
Furtive
Secretive, sly
Cumulative
Increasing, building upon itself
Pinnacle
The highest point
Homogeneous
Of the same kind; of uniform composition.
Compress
To apply pressure, squeeze together
Inhabit
To occupy, reside, live in
Aloof
Reserved, distant
Redundant
Unnecessarily repetitive; serving as a duplicate to back something up.
Adversity
Misfortune, an unfavorable turn of events
Zenith
The highest point, culminating point
Surreptitious
Secret, stealthy
Incessant
Uninterrupted, continuous.
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