11th Grade Word List - Language Arts

Words for students of 11th Grade, the page is for arts words (Difficult Words 2), which are important supplementary words for 11th Grade academic classes.
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 11th Grade: 11th Grade Word List - Language Arts (Difficult Words 2)
amplitude
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n. the maximum displacement of a periodic wave; the property of copious abundance
anode
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n. the negatively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
asymmetric
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a. not identical on both sides of a dividing central line
batik
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n. a method of producing colored designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed
belabor
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v. discuss repeatedly; attack verbally; work hard upon
bifurcation
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n. the place where something divides into two branches; the act of splitting into two branches
brusque
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a. abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
cadenza
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n. a brilliant solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music
canto
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n. part or division of poem of some length
censorious
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a. critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
coagulant
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n. an agent that produces coagulation
collate
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v. examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
commissariat
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n. a stock or supply of foods
complacent
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a. contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions
concordance
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n. agreement of opinions; an index of all main words in a book along with their immediate contexts
conscript
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v. enroll into service compulsorily, typically into the armed services
contiguity
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n. the attribute of being so near as to be touching
convalesce
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v. recover gradually from an illness
corpulent
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a. very fat; large in body; overweight
cryptogram
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n. a piece of writing in code or cipher
defalcate
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v. misuse or misappropriate property or funds entrusted to one
demonstrative
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a. serving to demonstrate; given to or marked by the open expression of emotion
deportment
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n. manner of deporting or demeaning one's self; manner of acting; conduct; carriage
despotism
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n. dominance through threat of punishment and violence; a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator
diaphanous
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a. so thin as to transmit light; very sheer and light; almost completely transparent
diplomatist
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n. an official engaged in international negotiations
discrepant
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a. not compatible with other facts; not in agreement; not in accord
dissever
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v. separate into parts or portions
dissipate
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v. spend or expend wastefully; vanish by dispersion; drive away; disperse
distemper
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n. any of various infectious viral diseases of animals; an angry and disagreeable mood
drachma
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n. formerly the basic unit of money in Greece; a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce or to 60 grains
dutiable
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a. subject to customs duty, as imported goods
efflorescence
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n. the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms; any red eruption of the skin; the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
egotist
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n. a conceited and self-centered person
embrasure
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n. an opening, in a wall or ship or armored vehicle, for firing through
entomology
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n. study of insects; branch of zoology which treats of insects
eugenic
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a. pertaining to or causing improvement in the offspring produced
execrable
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a. very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
exiguous
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a. extremely scanty; excessively scanty; meager and small
extempore
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a. with little or no preparation or forethought
federate
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v. enter into a league for a common purpose; unite on a federal basis or band together as a league
filial
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a. having or assuming relationship of child or offspring to parent
foresail
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n. the lowest sail on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel
fusillade
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n. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
guano
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n. the excrement of sea birds; used as fertilizer
histology
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n. the branch of biology that studies the microscopic structure of animal or plant tissues
indolence
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n. inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
inroad
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n. entrance of an enemy into a country with purposes of hostility; sudden or desultory incursion or invasion; raid; encroachment
intestacy
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n. the situation of being or dying without a legally valid will
inveigh
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v. speak against in an impassioned manner; complain bitterly
irksome
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a. causing annoyance, weariness, or vexation; tedious
isochronous
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a. equal in duration or interval
lactation
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n. the production of milk by the mammary glands; the period following birth during which milk is secreted; feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast
leeward
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n. the direction in which the wind is blowing; the side of something that is sheltered from the wind
licentious
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a. amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint
lionize
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v. look on or treat a person as celebrity; visit famous places in order to revere them
loch
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n. an arm of the sea, especially when narrow or partially landlocked
magistracy
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n. the position of magistrate; the office or function of a magistrate
mawkish
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a. insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment
mettlesome
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a. willing to face danger; having a proud and unbroken spirit
minutia
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n. petty details; small particular or detail; a minute or trivial matter of fact
molt
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v. shed or cast off hair or feathers
moribund
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a. dying; in dying state; approaching death; about to die
munificence
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n. liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
necropolis
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n. a tract of land used for burials
niggardly
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a. petty or reluctant in giving or spending
obstetrician
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n. physician specializing in delivery of babies
odium
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n. strong dislike, contempt, or aversion; hatefulness; disrepute
orthography
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n. a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
pantheism
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n. the doctrine or belief that God is the universe and its phenomena or the doctrine that regards the universe as a manifestation of God
pauperism
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n. a state of extreme poverty or destitution
peninsular
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a. of or forming or resembling a peninsula
perambulate
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v. make an official inspection on foot of the bounds of a property; walk with no particular goal
pertinacity
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n. persistent determination; quality of sticking with something
pied
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a. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; multicolored
polycracy
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n. form of government ruled by more than one person, as opposed to a monocracy
precocity
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n. intelligence achieved far ahead of normal developmental schedules
propound
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v. put forward; offer for consideration or debate
rapprochement
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n. the reestablishing of cordial relations
reparable
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a. capable of being repaired; admitting of repair
rivulet
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n. small brook or stream; streamlet
salubrious
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a. healthful; favorable to health; promoting health; wholesome
sedulous
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a. diligent; hardworking; persevering and constant in effort or application
somnolence
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n. a very sleepy state; tending to cause sleep
titian
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n. a reddish-brown or golden-brown color
viol
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n. any of a family of bowed stringed instruments that preceded the violin family