ISEE Vocabulary > Group 12

Abstinence

self‐restraint from an indulgence

Acerbic

bitingly bitter in tone or taste

Aggrandize

magnify reputation beyond truth

Apex

highest point or level

Austere

severe or strict in behavior

Bucolic

pleasantly rural or rustic

Coerce

forcefully persuade someone to action

Depraved

wicked or perverted

Dowdy

unfashionable in appearance

Encomium

speech or piece of high praise

Excommunicate

exile or expel from a group

Flippant

not serious or respectful

Guileless

innocent and trusting

Illiterate

ignorant, or unable to read or write

Incoherent

expressed in a confusing way

Insipid

boring, or lacking flavor or interest

Juxtapose

place together for contrasting effect

Mawkish

sentimental in a feeble way

Moniker

personal name or nickname

Obtuse

annoyingly stupid or insensitive

Pathetic

miserably inadequate

Platitude

commonplace remark or cliché

Profuse

exuberantly plentiful

Quip

make a witty remark or joke

Resilient

tough or flexible in difficult times

Scrutinize

examine closely and thoroughly

Strenuous

difficult, tough, or exhausting

Tantamount

equivalent to or as good as something

Turbulence

violent or unsteady movement

Vilify

speak or write ill of someone

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