12th Grade Cards: Language Arts

Words for students of 12th Grade, the page is for arts words (Difficult Words 1), which are important supplementary words for 12th Grade academic classes.
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anathematize
v. curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
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anomalous
a. deviating from normal or common order, form, or rule
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atavism
n. resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; deformity returning after passage of two or more generations
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bergamot
n. small tree with pear-shaped fruit whose oil is used in perfumery; Italy
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bilingualism
n. the ability to speak two languages colloquially
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bulbous
a. curving outward; shaped like a bulb
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caitiff
a. despicably mean and cowardly
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cantonment
n. temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers
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centurion
n. officer of ancient Roman army, in command of a century of soldiers or minor division
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coalescence
n. union of diverse things into one body or form or group; growing together of parts
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collier
n. someone who works in a coal mine
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complaisance
n. a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
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condign
a. fitting or appropriate and deserved; used especially of punishment
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consign
v. give, transfer, or deliver in a formal manner, as if by signing over into the possession of another
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continence
n. self control; self restraint; partial or complete abstention from sexual activity
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coquette
n. flirt; seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
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corruptible
a. capable of being corrupted; susceptible to corruption
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cyan
n. a primary subtractive color for light; has a blue-green color
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deformity
n. an appearance that has been spoiled; an affliction in which some part of the body is misshapen or malformed
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delineation
n. a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects; a graphic or vivid verbal description
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demulcent
n. a medication in the form of an oil or salve that soothes inflamed or injured skin
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derelict
a. left and abandoned; negligent in performing a duty
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desuetude
n. a state of inactivity or disuse
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diatomic
a. of or relating to a molecule made up of two atoms
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disavow
v. refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with
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dishabille
n. the state of being carelessly or partially dressed
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dissipation
n. useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
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distention
n. the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions; the act of expanding by pressure from within
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dragoon
v. compel by coercion, threats, or crude means; subjugate by imposing troops
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ebullient
a. showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
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effluence
n. the action or process of flowing out; efflux
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electrotype
n. a duplicate printing plate made by electrolytically depositing a layer of copper or nickel onto a mould of the original
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elicit
v. draw out; bring forth or to light; generate or provoke as response or answer
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emporium
n. a large retail store organized into departments offering a variety of merchandise; commonly part of a retail chain
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engender
v. cause; bring into existence; give rise to
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epicurean
a. devoted to pleasure; displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses
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eulogistic
a. formally expressing praise for someone's lifetime achievements
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execrate
v. find repugnant; curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
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expectorate
v. discharge from the lungs and out of the mouth; clear out the chest and lungs
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extort
v. obtain from another by coercion; get money by threats
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felicitate
v. express congratulations; compliment upon a happy event
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flaccid
a. acting in strength, firmness, or resilience
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forswear
v. renounce or deny something, especially under oath; swear falsely, usually under pressure
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galvanic
a. affected by emotion as if by electricity; thrilling
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guillemet
n. one of two marks, used in French, Italian, and Russian printing to enclose quotations
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ichthyic
a. fishlike; characteristic of fishes
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inebriate
v. fill with sublime emotion; become drunk or drink excessively
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insentient
a. devoid of feeling and consciousness and animation
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intoxicant
n. a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent; a drug that can produce a state of intoxication
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invidious
a. designed to create ill will or envy
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irradiate
v. expose to radiation; cast rays of light upon
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jaundice
n. a rough and bitter manner; yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by an accumulation of bile pigment in the blood
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languor
n. feeling of lack of interest or energy; depression
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leonine
a. of or characteristic of or resembling a lion
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licit
a. authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law; sanctioned by custom or morality especially sexual morality
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lithesome
a. moving and bending with ease
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lode
n. a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks
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maleficent
a. harmful or evil in intent or effect
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mellifluous
a. flowing or dropping like honey; sweetly or smoothly flowing, especially in sound
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micrometer
n. a metric unit of length equal to one millionth of a meter; caliper for measuring small distances
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misogamy
n. hatred of marriage; the emotion of intense dislike marriage
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monition
n. a warning of impending danger; cautionary advice about something imminent; a firm rebuke
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morphology
n. branch of biology that deals with the structure of animals and plants
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naphtha
n. any of various volatile flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures; used chiefly as solvents
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necrosis
n. the death of one or more cells in the body, usually within a localized area, as from an interruption of the blood supply to that part
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nihilist
n. one who believes traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic
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obstetrics
n. the branch of medicine dealing with childbirth and care of the mother
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opalescence
n. the visual property of something having a milky brightness and a play of colors from the surface
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ostentation
n. making ambitious display; unnecessary show; pretentious parade
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paramour
n. a woman who cohabits with an important man; a woman's lover
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peccant
a. liable to sin; violating a rule, principle, or established practice
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penitential
a. showing or constituting penance
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perforce
ad. by necessity; by force of circumstance
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perversity
n. deliberately deviating from what is good
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piscatorial
a. relating to or characteristic of the activity of fishing
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posit
v. assume existence of; put forward, as for consideration or study; suggest
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predilection
n. condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; preference
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proscribe
v. command against; banish; condemn or forbid as harmful or unlawful
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refection
n. a light meal or repast; refreshment, especially with food or drink
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reprobate
n. person hardened in sin; person without moral scruples
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rococo
n. fanciful but graceful asymmetric ornamentation in art and architecture; having excessive asymmetrical ornamentation
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sapience
n. ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
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sidereal
a. of or relating to the stars or constellations; determined by daily motion of the stars
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sonorous
a. having or producing full, loud, or deep sound; impressive in style of speech; easy to feel
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ukase
n. an edict of the Russian tsar; any order by an absolute or arbitrary authority
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vivify
v. give new life or energy to; make more striking or animated