Bespoke Education ISEE/SSAT - Set 7

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Facsimile
Replica, exact copy
Indignation
Anger sparked by something unjust or unfair
Abbreviate
To shorten, abridge
Innocuous
Harmless.
Modicum
Small portion.
Onerous
Burdensome
Amiable
Friendly
Incisive
Clear, sharp, direct
Piquant
Zesty, spicy
Irate
Incensed, angry, full of ire
Stature
Standing, height
Serene
Calm, untroubled
Insular
Separated and narrow-minded; tight-knit, closed off
Unobtrusive
Inconspicuous, not blatant.
Inane
Meaningless, pointless, asinine
Vocation
The work in which someone is employed, profession
Desolate
Deserted, dreary, lifeless
Quandary
Dilemma.
Mollify
To soften in temper
Nepotism
Favoritism shown to relatives, especially in job appointments.
Temperance
Moderation in action or thought
Verdant
Green in tint or color
Brazen
Excessively bold, brash
Aplomb
Self confidence or poise.
Glib
smooth-talking, slick
Foolhardy
Reckless, rash, foolishly bold
Abstinence
The act of refraining from pleasurable activity, e.g., eating or drinking
Duress
Hardship, threat
Accessible
Obtainable, reachable
Deft
Skillful, capable
Insurgent
One who rebels
Adamant
Impervious, immovable, unyielding
Bough
Tree limb, branch
Indigenous
Originating in a region
Competent
Capable, proficient
Androgynous
Asexual, hermaphroditic, bisexual
Hedonist
Person who pursues pleasure as a goal
Presumptuous
Disrespectfully bold
Destitute
Impoverished, utterly lacking
Calamity
An event with disastrous consequences
Integrity
Decency, honesty, wholeness
Allocate
To distribute, set aside
Chide
To voice disapproval
Absolve
To forgive, pardon, free from blame
Precocious
Unusually advanced or talented at an early age
Copious
Profuse, abundant
Diminutive
Small or miniature
Impassive
Stoic, not susceptible to suffering
Retract
Withdraw
Wizened
Dry, shrunken, wrinkled
Amenity
An item that increases comfort
Avert
To prevent or turn away
Clemency
Lenience; mildness of weather.
Burnish
To polish, shine
Residual
Left over, remaining
Entreat
To implore, plead, or beg
Lenient
Demonstrating tolerance or gentleness
Boon
A gift or blessing
Culpable
Deserving blame
Disparate
Sharply differing, containing sharply contrasting elements
Inalienable
Impossible to revoke or transfer; fixed.
Intermission
A pause, a break between acts of a play
Austerity
Sternness, severity, or lack of luxury.
Umbrage
Offense, resentment
Dogmatic
Aggressively and arrogantly certain about unproved principles
Prosaic
Relating to prose; dull, commonplace
Scurrilous
Vulgar, coarse
Anonymous
Nameless, without a disclosed identity
Dilute
To weaken, to water down
Expiate
To make amends for, atone
Forestall
To prevent, thwart, delay
Urbane
Elegant, well bred, refined, suave.
Allay
To soothe, ease
Pedantic
Showing off knowledge in a narrow and petty way; condescending.
Facade
(1) The wall of a building (2) A deceptive appearance or attitude
Defile
To make unclean, impure
Maneuver
(1) Plot or contrivance (2) Skilled movement
Nomadic
Wandering from place to place; having no fixed location.
Zealot
Person who shows excessive zeal; fanatic.
Magnanimous
Generous.
Incendiary
(1) a person who agitates (2) inflammatory, causing combustion
Immerse
To absorb, deeply involve, engross
Validate
To confirm, support, corroborate
Convoluted
Intricate, complicated
Conduit
A pipe or channel through which something passes
Arbitrary
Unreasonable or capricious; not based on logical choice.
Interminable
Without possibility of end
Tenacious
Determined, keeping a firm grip on
Elated
Overjoyed, thrilled
Morose
Ill-humored, sullen, dismal.
Pathetic
Pitiful, wretched
Archaic
Ancient, outdated, or no longer in popular use.
Buttress
(1) To support, hold up (2) Something that offers support
Chronicle
(1) A written history (2) To write a history
Dither
To be indecisive
Acumen
Keen insight
Tangible
Concrete, palpable, touchable
Flourish
To thrive, do very well
Haughtiness
Pride, arrogance.
Impute
To attribute an action to particular person or group
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