Bespoke Education ISEE/SSAT - Set 8

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Cordial
Warm, affectionate
Trifle
(1) A small amount (2) To deal with lightly
Abject
Wretched, pitiful
Proliferate
To multiply in numbers
Ambivalence
Contradictory attitudes; uncertainty about what to do.
Respite
A break, rest
Atone
To repent, make amends
Perplex
To confuse
Dawdle
To waste time, hang around, loiter
Forlorn
Lonely, abandoned, hopeless
Incompatible
Opposed in nature, not able to live or work together
Provocative
Tending to provoke a response, e.g., anger or disagreement
Venerate
To revere, honor, esteem
Larceny
Obtaining property by theft or trickery
Attribute
(1) To credit, assign (2) A facet or trait
Spontaneity
Impulsive action, unplanned events
Compel
To force, oblige, coerce
Elucidate
To clarify, explain
Collaborate
To cooperate, work together
Ignominious
Humiliating, disgracing
Avarice
Excessive greed
Disdain
To regard with scorn or contempt
Dispel
To drive away, scatter
Fetid
Having a foul odor
Viable
Capable of working or living; possible.
Corpulence
Extreme fatness
Pliable
Flexible
Egress
Exit, way out
Acute
(1) Sharp, severe (2) Having keen insight
Permeate
To spread throughout, saturate
Pilfer
To steal, pocket, purloin
Anthology
A selected collection of writings, songs, etc.
Notoriety
Disrepute, ill fame, infamy.
Specimen
Example, representative sample
Beguile
To trick, deceive
Rant
To fume, rage, speak angrily; an angry speech
Fidelity
Loyalty, devotion
Fiasco
Complete and/or ridiculous failure.
Incipient
Just beginning, budding
Inflict
To mete out, wreak, dispense
Gregarious
Sociable.
Goad
To urge, spur, incite to action
Ineffable
Unspeakable, incapable of being expressed through words
Gravity
Seriousness, dignity, or significance.
Convention
(1) An assembly of people (2) A rule, custom
Banal
Trite, ordinary, mundane.
Cogent
Intellectually convincing
Accost
To confront verbally
Pious
Devout, reverent
Appalling
Inspiring shock, horror, disgust
Fluster
To make nervous or embarrassed
Abridge
To cut down, shorten
Opulent
Wealthy
Incarcerate
Imprison.
Insolent
Rude, arrogant, overbearing
Inherent
Inborn, innate.
Contentious
Having a tendency to quarrel or dispute
Nadir
The lowest point of something
Timorous
Timid, fearful
Restitution
Restoration to the rightful owner
Affinity
A spontaneous feeling of closeness
Divisive
Causing dissent, discord
Arcane
Obscure, secret, known only by a few
Idiosyncratic
Peculiar to one person; highly individualized
Pithy
Concisely meaningful
Suppress
To end an activity, e.g., to prevent the dissemination of information
Didactic
Instructional.
Imply
To suggest without stating directly
Condescending
Possessing an attitude of superiority, patronizing
Admonish
To caution, criticize, reprove
Dormant
Sleeping, temporarily inactive
Nocturnal
Relating to or occurring during the night
Despot
Tyrant; authoritarian ruler.
Dearth
A lack, scarcity
Fickle
shifting in character, inconstant
Incongruous
Not fitting; absurd.
Callous
Harsh, cold, unfeeling
Rash
Hasty, incautious
Coagulate
To thicken, clot
Decry
To criticize openly
Defiance
Disobedience, unwillingness to comply
Acrimony
Harshness of speech or manner, expression of great dislike.
Corroborate
Confirm, support.
Elation
Joy, ecstasy
Subjugate
To bring under control, subdue
Nominal
In name only, not in fact; insignificant in cost.
Incontrovertible
Indisputable, unquestionable.
Aggregate
(1) A whole or total (2) To gather into a mass
Renown
Honor, acclaim
Inter
To bury
Extol
Praise, glorify.
Assuage
To ease, pacify
Disparage
Belittle.
Purveyor
Seller; supplier
Analogous
Similar to, so that an analogy can be drawn
Assiduous
Persistent, hard-working
Inaugurate
Start, initiate, or place in office after an election.
Embezzle
To steal money by falsifying records
Affirmation
Positive assertion; confirmation.
Fallacy
Untruth, erroneous belief
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