11th Grade Words for Hyde Park, New York

Words for 11th Grade students of Hyde Park Central School District.
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 11th Grade Words for Hyde Park Central School District
aberration
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n. a disorder in one's mental state; a state or condition markedly different from the norm
abstract
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a. theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
accolade
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n. award of merit; expression of approval; praise
accommodate
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v. do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable
aesthetic
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a. elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste
affinity
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n. natural attraction, liking, or feeling of kinship; relationship by marriage
altercation
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n. noisy quarrel; contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy
ameliorate
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v. make or become better; improve; grow better
amicable
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a. exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome
anarchy
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n. absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion
anomaly
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n. irregularity; person or something that is unusual; departure from normal or common order
appall
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v. depress or discourage with fear; grow faint or become weak
archaic
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a. no longer current or applicable; antiquated
arduous
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a. demanding great effort or labor; difficult
articulate
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a. expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language
astute
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a. wise or keen; shrewd; with sharp intelligence
authoritarian
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a. expecting absolute obedience; completely dominating another's will
aversion
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n. firm dislike; turning away; avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior because of dislike
biased
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a. favoring one person or side over another; prejudiced
brevity
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n. quality or state of being brief in duration; concise expression
cajole
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v. influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
callous
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a. emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened
capitulate
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v. surrender; end all resistance; give up; go along with or comply
catalyst
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n. agent which brings about chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged
catharsis
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n. purging or cleansing of any passage of body
caustic
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a. capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action
censure
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v. expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; blame
chastise
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v. punish, as by beating; criticize severely; rebuke
clamor
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n. noise; loud outcry; expression of discontent or protest
coalesce
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v. combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
cognizant
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a. having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception
commiserate
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v. feel or express pity or sympathy for
composure
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n. mental calmness; calm or tranquil state of mind
conciliatory
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a. making or willing to yield, or to make concessions
contract
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v. constrict; make smaller; compress or concentrate
copious
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a. plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply
cordial
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a. gracious; showing warm and friendliness
dearth
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n. scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops
debilitate
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v. make weak; enfeeble; impair the strength of
decadence
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n. process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline; falling off or away; decay
deference
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n. willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect
delineate
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v. portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out
deprecate
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v. express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
despot
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n. tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; eastern Orthodox bishop
devious
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a. departing from correct or accepted way; misleading; not straightforward
didactic
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a. instructive (especially excessively)
disparage
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v. belittle; speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; reduce in esteem or rank
dissonance
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n. discord; disagreeable sounds; harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds
duplicity
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n. double-dealing; deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech; acting in bad faith.
edifice
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n. building, especially one of imposing appearance or size; a structure that has a roof and walls
effervescent
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a. used of wines and waters; charged naturally or artificially with carbon dioxide
egregious
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a. notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
elusive
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a. difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind
equivocal
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a. open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead
erroneous
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a. containing or derived from error; mistaken
exemplary
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a. serving as model; outstanding; typical
expedient
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a. suitable; appropriate to a purpose; serving to promote your interest
extraneous
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a. not essential; coming from outside
formidable
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a. arousing fear; threatening; difficult to undertake or defeat
frivolous
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a. lacking in seriousness; not serious; relatively unimportant
grueling
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a. by effort to the point of exhaustion, especially physical effort
haphazard
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a. not thorough, constant or consistent; by chance
heretic
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n. one who holds to a heresy; one who believes some doctrine contrary to the established faith or prevailing religion
hindrance
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n. something that holds back or causes problems with something else; obstacle
hypocrisy
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n. practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold; falseness; expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
iconoclast
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n. a destroyer of images used in religious worship
incessant
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a. uninterrupted; unceasing; continuing without interruption
incidental
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a. happening, as occasional event, without regularity; coming without design
incite
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v. arouse to action; motivate; induce to exist
incorrigible
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a. not correctable; difficult or impossible to control or manage
indict
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v. charge; accuse formally of a crime
indoctrinate
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v. teach with biased or one-sided ideology; teach doctrines to; teach uncritically
insurgent
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a. rising in revolt against established authority; rebelling against leadership of political party
intangible
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a. not able to be perceived by senses, as touch; vague
judicious
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a. exhibiting good judgment or sound thinking; prudent
lavish
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a. liberal; wasteful; excessive spending
listless
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a. lacking in spirit or energy to exert effort
meager
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a. deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; inadequate; feeble
meander
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v. follow a winding and turning course; move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction
negligent
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a. careless; inattentive
obliterate
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v. destroy completely; do away with completely so as to leave no trace
ponderous
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a. slow and laborious because of weight; labored and dull
preclude
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v. make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent; eliminate
prerequisite
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n. something that is required in advance; necessity; required as a prior condition
proximity
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n. state of being proximate; nearness in place, time, or relation
rectify
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v. set right; correct by calculation or adjustment
rescind
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v. cancel; make void; repeal or annul
resolution
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n. determination; resolving to do something; formal statement of a decision
rigorous
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a. full of rigors; harsh; rigidly accurate; precise
scrutinize
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v. examine closely and critically
substantiate
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v. establish by evidence; make firm or solid; support
surmise
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v. guess; infer something without sufficiently conclusive evidence
tirade
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n. extended scolding; long angry or violent speech
turbulence
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n. state of violent agitation; eddying motion; unstable flow of a liquid or gas; state of violent disturbance and disorder
unimpeachable
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a. free of guilt; not subject to blame; completely acceptable
unobtrusive
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a. inconspicuous; not obtrusive or undesirably noticeable
usurp
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v. seize and hold power or rights of another by force or without legal authority
vacillate
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v. sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate
whimsical
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a. determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason; capricious