ISEE Vocabulary > Group 16

Abyss

deep and almost bottomless chasm

Alienate

isolate, cut off, or divide

Apologist

one who defends something

Avert

prevent, ward off, or turn away

Cadge

beg or get by begging

Combative

ready or eager to fight

Credulous

too trusting or gullible

Derive

obtain something or arise from

Dubious

doubtful or untrustworthy

Engender

cause, bring about, or provoke

Exorbitant

unreasonably high (usually price)

Foregone

having completed or gone before

Hackneyed

unoriginal or overused

Immaterial

unimportant or irrelevant

Inconspicuous

not clearly visible; unremarkable

Insurgency

organized rebellion

Lackluster

uninspired or uninspiring

Malady

disease, ailment, or disorder

Mousy

nervous, shy, or timid

Officious

meddlesome and opinionated

Pedantic

too concerned with details and rules

Plucky

brave, courageous, or bold

Proletariat

workers or the working class

Rambunctious

uncontrollably rowdy or energetic

Retribution

punishment or vengeance

Sedition

action inciting others to rebel

Subjugate

bring under control or conquer

Tenable

defensible against attack or objection

Tyro

beginner, novice, or newcomer

Viscous

thick, sticky, and syrupy

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