ISEE Vocabulary > Group 28

Acquit

clear someone of criminal charges

Ambivalent

having mixed or uncertain feelings

Arid

having little or no rain; dry

Berate

scold or criticize someone angrily

Caricature

exaggeration of a thing for comedy

Confer

exchange opinions or ideas

Cusp

transition point of two states of being

Diffident

shy due to lack of self‐confidence

Effigy

a sculpture or model of a person

Episodic

irregular and occasional

Fabricate

invent something to be deceitful

Furtive

secretive due to guilt

Hegemony

dominance by one state over others

Imperative

of vital or crucial importance

Indomitable

impossible to subdue or defeat

Intrigue

arouse the curiosity of

Leery

cautious or leery with suspicion

Maelstrom

state of confusing or violent turmoil

Nebulous

in the form of a cloud or haze

Ossified

become rigid or cease development

Peripheral

on the edge; of minor importance

Precarious

not securely held or in position

Provocative

purposely causing strong reaction

Recluse

person who lives a solitary life

Rudimentary

primitive, basic, or undeveloped

Sojourn

a temporary stay somewhere

Suffuse

gradually spread through or over

Timorous

suffering from fear or nervousness

Urbane

suave and polished in manner

Wanton

cruelly deliberate and unprovoked

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