ISEE Vocabulary > Group 15

Abysmal

extremely bad or appalling

Ailment

an illness, typically a minor one

Apogee

highest point of development

Averse

having a strong dislike of a thing

Cacophony

sound that is displeasing to hear

Colloquial

used in everyday conversation

Craven

cowardly or lacking in courage

Deride

ridicule or express contempt for

Droll

unusual in a way that is amusing

Enervate

weaken or drain energy from

Exonerate

free from blame or wrongdoing

Flout

openly disobey or disregard

Gumption

initiative or resourcefulness

Imbibe

drink, absorb, or assimilate

Inconsequential

not important or significant

Instill

gradually establish in someone’s mind

Lackadaisical

carelessly lazy and unenthusiastic

Maladroit

unskillful, clumsy, or ineffective

Mortify

embarrass, shame, or humiliate

Odious

arousing or deserving hatred

Peccadillo

small, relatively unimportant sin

Pliable

easily bent or influenced

Prohibit

formally forbid something

Ramble

confusingly talk or write at length

Reticent

not expressive of feeling or thought

Sedentary

stationary or somewhat inactive

Subdue

overcome, quieten, or conquer

Temerity

excessive boldness or confidence

Tyrannical

cruelly exercising power

Virulent

extremely harmful or bitterly hostile

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