ISEE Vocabulary > Group 3

Abdicate

give up powers or duties

Adversity

hardship and suffering

Alacrity

brisk and cheerful readiness

Animosity

hostility towards something

Asylum

protection or shelter from harm

Bombastic

sounds impressive but means little

Conundrum

confusing and difficult problem

Delectable

delicious or delightful

Distraught

deeply upset and agitated

Embed

fix firmly into something

Estrange

alienate someone from a relationship

Feign

pretend to be affected by a thing

Goad

provoke or annoy someone to act

Hypocritical

engaging in same act one condemns

Inane

silly, foolish, or stupid

Iniquitous

grossly unfair and morally wrong

Itinerant

moving from place to place

Liturgy

ritual, worship, or observance

Mince

moderate for the sake of politeness

Obdurate

stubborn and unbending

Parable

short story illustrating a moral

Pretentious

acting better than one actually is

Punctilious

showing great attention to detail

Quail

shrink back in fear from something

Reprimand

officially scold or admonish

Satire

expose foolishness through mockery

Squelch

crush, put down, silence, or inhibit

Surreptitious

kept secret due to inappropriateness

Trepidation

feeling of fear or agitation

Verdant

green or rich with vegetation

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