ISEE Vocabulary > Group 39

Abjure

reject or renounce something

Adroit

skillful with hands or mind

Anarchist

one for abolishing laws and order

Apoplectic

overcome with anger

Assert

state a fact forcefully

Blight

something that destroys

Chicanery

use of trickery to achieve a goal

Contempt

feeling a thing is worthless

Defamatory

injurious to one’s reputation

Disdain

feeling something is unworthy

Emaciate

waste away physically

Erudite

having or showing great knowledge

Fatuous

very silly and pointless

Germane

relevant to a considered subject

Homogeneous

alike or of the same kind

Imprudent

showing no care for consequences

Ingenious

clever, original, or inventive

Nihilistic

believing that life is meaningless

Nuance

a subtle difference in meaning

Paltry

small or meager amount

Petulance

the quality of being bad‐tempered

Prerequisite

required as a prior condition

Purist

very strict follower of tradition

Renege

go back on a promise

Sanguine

optimistic or positive

Spur

urge, encourage, or stimulate

Surly

bad‐tempered and unfriendly

Transmute

change in form or substance

Venerate

regard with great respect

Zeal

great enthusiasm and energy for

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