ISEE Vocabulary > Group 23

Accost

confront someone aggressively

Altruistic

unselfish or charitable

Arbitrary

based on a whim rather than reason

Belie

disguise, disprove, or contradict

Calumny

spoil a reputation by spreading lies

Canonical

conforming to established rules

Conciliate

stop someone’s anger; pacify

Devious

skilled in deceitful tactics

Ecstatic

full of overwhelming joy

Enthrall

fully hold the attention of

Expurgate

remove offensive material from

Fraught

filled with (negative)

Impassive

not feeling or showing emotion

Indigent

poor, poverty‐ stricken, or needy

Lassitude

physical or mental weariness

Malodorous

smelling very unpleasant

Myriad

countless or great in number

Opprobrium

harsh criticism or censure

Perfidious

deceitful and untrustworthy

Portend

foreshadow a great event will occur

Preeminent

surpassing all others

Proscribe

forbid, denounce, or condemn

Ravenous

extremely hungry or very great

Reprobate

condemn strongly as unacceptable

Rigorous

very thorough or demanding

Skeptic

one who doubts accepted opinions

Substantiate

provide evidence to support truth

Theoretical

of ideas rather than experience

Unkempt

messy or untidy appearance

Voluminous

large in volume or space

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