ISEE Vocabulary > Group 13

Abstruse

obscure or difficult to understand

Aggregate

form or group into something

Aphorism

short saying of a general truth

Autonomous

self‐governing or independent

Burgeon

flourish; or grow or increase rapidly

Collaborate

work jointly on an activity

Courageous

not deterred by danger or pain

Deprecate

express disapproval of

Dramatize

exaggerate importance of

Endeavor

try hard to do or achieve something

Executor

one who makes something happen

Florid

red‐faced; intricate or elaborate

Guise

costume meant to conceal identity

Illumine

light up; or enlighten someone

Incompetent

incapable of doing something

Insolence

disrespectful and rude behavior

Knack

acquired or natural skill at something

Macabre

gruesome and horrifying

Moratorium

temporary halt to something

Obviate

make unnecessary or prevent

Pathos

appealing to one’s pity or emotion

Plebian

common or lacking in refinement

Progenitor

an ancestor or parent

Raconteur

amusing and skillful storyteller

Resolved

fully determined to do something

Secede

withdraw formally from membership

Strident

loud and harsh or grating

Taper

gradually lessen or reduce something

Turmoil

great disorder or confusion

Virtuoso

highly skilled person

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