Spelling Words for 12th Grade (List 1)

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abate
v. subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity
abdicate
v. give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
aberration
n. a disorder in one's mental state; a state or condition markedly different from the norm
abject
a. being of the most miserable kind; wretched; lacking pride; brought low in condition or status
abstruse
a. obscure; profound; difficult to understand.
abysmal
a. bottomless; very profound; limitless; very bad
acerbic
a. sour or bitter in taste; harsh or corrosive in tone
acquiesce
v. assent; accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively
acrimonious
a. bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
acumen
n. mental keenness; quickness of perception
adept
a. expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
admonish
v. warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
aesthetic
a. elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste
affectation
n. a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
aggregate
v. gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
allure
v. attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive
allusion
n. indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor
ambience
n. particular environment or surrounding influence; atmosphere of environment
amphitheater
n. oval building with tiers of seats from central open space or arena
annihilate
v. destroy completely; reduce to nonexistence
annul
v. make or declare void or invalid; reduce to nothing
antithesis
n. a contrast or opposition between two things; direct contrast
apathetic
a. feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
apex
n. highest point; vertex; summit; climax
aphorism
n. definition or concise statement of principle; tersely phrased statement of truth or opinion
appalling
a. causing or fitted to cause dismay or horror; frightful
ardent
a. displaying or by strong enthusiasm or devotion; passionate
atrocious
a. shockingly brutal or cruel; exceptionally bad or displeasing
august
a. impressive; majestic; inspiring awe or admiration
auspicious
a. attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
authoritative
a. having weight of authority; peremptory and dictatorial
automation
n. act or process of converting the controlling of a machine or device to a more automatic system, such as computer or electronic controls
avow
v. declare openly; acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly
banal
a. obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
befall
v. happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance
bland
a. lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable
blasphemy
n. act of claiming for oneself the attributes and rights of God; utterance or writing concerning God or a sacred entity
blurb
n. a promotional statement; a short description of a book, movie, or other product for promotional purposes
bogus
a. counterfeit or fake; not authentic; not genuine
bourgeois
a. middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
brandish
v. move or wave, as a weapon; raise and move in various directions
brevity
n. quality or state of being brief in duration; concise expression
broach
v. introduce; bring up for discussion or debate; announce
bureaucracy
n. over regulated administrative system
cajole
v. influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
callow
a. youthful; immature; inexperienced; without feathers
cancellation
n. act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
candor
n. frankness; quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
capillary
n. long and slender with a very small internal diameter
capricious
a. fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
carnivorous
a. eating or feeding on flesh; predatory
castigate
v. criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
cater
v. supply what is needed or desired; provide food professionally for special occasion
catharsis
n. purging or cleansing of any passage of body
catholic
a. broadly sympathetic; universal; related to Roman Catholic Church
celibacy
n. state of being unmarried; single life
cervical
a. of or relating to the cervix of the uterus; relating to the neck
chagrin
n. anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment
charisma
n. divine gift; great popular charm or appeal of political leader
charlatan
n. quack; one who pretends to knowledge, skill, or importance
choleric
a. hot-tempered; easily angered; bad-tempered; expressing anger
choreography
n. art of representing dances in written symbols; arrangement of dances