ISEE Vocabulary > Group 4

Aberration

not normal and unwelcome

Advocate

publically support something

Annihilate

destroy utterly or obliterate

Atheist

does not believe in a higher power

Boor

unrefined, ill‐ mannered person

Clamor

shout loudly and insistently

Convalesce

recover health and strength

Deleterious

causing harm or damage

Dither

be indecisive about something

Embellish

make interesting by adding details

Ethos

appeals to one’s morals or ethics

Fervent

having passionate intensity

Gouge

overcharge or make a hole

Hypothetical

existing only as an idea or concept

Implacable

unappeasable or unforgiving

Inapt

not suitable or appropriate

Jargon

special words used by a specific group

Lofty

high, impressive, or self‐important

Misanthrope

one who dislikes humankind

Obfuscate

cloud, obscure, or make unclear

Paradox

an outcome contradicting logic

Pilgrimage

religious or spiritual journey

Prevalent

widespread or popular

Quandary

uncertain or difficult situation

Reprisal

act of retaliation for damage

Saturate

completely fill with something

Stagnant

not advancing or developing

Surrogate

substitute or replacement

Tribulation

cause of trouble or great suffering

Vernal

youthful or relating to spring

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