12th Grade Spelling Words With Definition

 Grade 12: With Definition - 4
embolismspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an insertion into a calendar; obstruction of an artery, typically by a clot of blood or an air bubble
embrasurespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an opening, in a wall or ship or armored vehicle, for firing through
emporiumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a large retail store organized into departments offering a variety of merchandise; commonly part of a retail chain
The founder of that great emporium proved to be a brisk, crisp little person, very dapper and quick, with a clear head and a ready tongue.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
encomiumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. high praise; formal expression of praise; tribute
Micawber roused me from this reflection, which was blended with a certain remorseful apprehension of seeing Steerforth himself, by bestowing many encomiums on the absent Littimer as a most respectable fellow, and a thoroughly admirable servant.
David Copperfield - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
encyclicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. intended for wide distribution
ennoblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. confer dignity or honor upon; give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
I am sure I loved that baby quite as truly, quite as tenderly, with greater purity and more disinterestedness, than can enter into the best love of a later time of life, high and ennobling as it is.
David Copperfield - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens Context
entomologyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. study of insects; branch of zoology which treats of insects
epicureanspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. devoted to pleasure; displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses
epicyclespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a circle that rolls around inside or outside another circle; generates an epicycloid or hypocycloid
espyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. catch sight of; glimpse; discover at a distance
esquirespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a title of respect for someone, whose rank just below a knight; an attendant and shield bearer to a knight; a candidate for knighthood
eugenicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. pertaining to or causing improvement in the offspring produced
eulogisticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. formally expressing praise for someone's lifetime achievements
eulogizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. praise formally and eloquently
euphonyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. any agreeable, pleasing, and harmonious sounds
eurekaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an alloy of copper and nickel with high electrical resistance and a low temperature coefficient; used as resistance wire
execrablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
The trouble is, however, the execrable Bertha Coutts has not confined herself to her own experiences and sufferings.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
execratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. find repugnant; curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
Both were bleeding and panting and execrating and struggling; but of course I knew them both directly.
Great Expectations - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
He neither wept nor prayed; he cursed and defied: execrated God and man, and gave himself up to reckless dissipation.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 8
By Emily Bronte Context
execrationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. hate coupled with disgust; an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone; the object of cursing
The crowd had been hushed during these few moments, watching his motions and doubtful of his purpose, but the instant they perceived it and knew it was defeated, they raised a cry of triumphant execration to which all their previous shouting had been whispers.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 50
By Charles Dickens Context
exegesisspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. explanation; interpretation, especially of biblical or religious text
exigentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. requiring precise accuracy; demanding attention
She would never have arrived at this eminence so early in life had not the exigencies of war and the demands of the commissary department on Tara made it impossible for Ellen to spare Mammy or Dilcey or even Rosa or Teena.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
exiguousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely scanty; excessively scanty; meager and small
expectoratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. discharge from the lungs and out of the mouth; clear out the chest and lungs
As Tom wended to school after breakfast, he was the envy of every boy he met because the gap in his upper row of teeth enabled him to expectorate in a new and admirable way.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 6
By Mark Twain Context
expeditiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by speed and efficiency
Palmer, travelling more expeditiously with Colonel Brandon, was to join them at Cleveland soon after their arrival.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 42
By Jane Austen Context
expostulatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. reason with somebody for the purpose of dissuasion
I expostulated, and desired that he should have his in a mug; affirming that I could not taste the liquid treated so dirtily.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 13
By Emily Bronte Context
There was not a soul there save the two whom I had followed and a surpliced clergyman, who seemed to be expostulating with them.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
expostulationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest; an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof
Miss Bingley warmly resented the indignity he had received, in an expostulation with her brother for talking such nonsense.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
extemporespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. with little or no preparation or forethought
extortspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. obtain from another by coercion; get money by threats
Both gentlemen had a glance at Fanny, to see if a word of accordant praise could be extorted from her; yet both feeling that it could not be.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 34
By Jane Austen Context
To prove to you that I am disposed to trust you, I tell you without reserve, that we propose to extort the secret, whatever it may be, from the fear of this man Monks.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 46
By Charles Dickens Context
extrudespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. force or push out; drive away; displace or remove, as a person from a place or office
factiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. dissenting, especially dissenting with the majority opinion
farrierspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person who shoes horses; a blacksmith
federatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. enter into a league for a common purpose; unite on a federal basis or band together as a league
felicitatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. express congratulations; compliment upon a happy event
He had remained in Shropshire, lamenting the blindness of his own pride, and the blunders of his own calculations, till at once released from Louisa by the astonishing and felicitous intelligence of her engagement with Benwick.
Persuasion - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
fervidspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely hot; eager; impassioned; burning
His fervid nature could not afford to relinquish one of these, though two of the three were as many as he could hope to preserve.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
festalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. offering fun and gaiety; befitting a feast, festival, holiday, or gala occasion
They had fried eggs for breakfast and fried ham for supper to vary the monotony of the yams, peanuts and dried apples, and on one festal occasion they even had roast chicken.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 26
By Margaret Mitche Context
feudalismspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th century; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war
filialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having or assuming relationship of child or offspring to parent
They accepted everything that they were told about the Rebellion and the principles of Animalism, especially from Clover, for whom they had an almost filial respect; but it was doubtful whether they understood very much of it.
Animal Farm - Chapter 10
By George Orwell Context
flaccidspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. acting in strength, firmness, or resilience
flayspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. strip off the skin or outer covering of
If it be, he deserves flaying alive for not running to welcome me, and for screaming as if I were a goblin.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 9
By Emily Bronte Context
With that, he went upon his knees, and began to flay his victim; who, on the first stocking coming off, would certainly have fallen over backward with his chair, but for there being no room to fall anyhow.
Great Expectations - Chapter 31
By Charles Dickens Context
fopperyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. foolish character or action; the behavior or dress of a fop
forecastlespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed
foresailspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the lowest sail on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel
forswearspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. renounce or deny something, especially under oath; swear falsely, usually under pressure
To have lost the godlike conceit that we may do what we will, and not to have acquired a homely zest for doing what we can, shows a grandeur of temper which cannot be objected to in the abstract, for it denotes a mind that, though disappointed, forswears compromise.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
freethinkerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person who believes that God created the universe and then abandoned it
furtherancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. encouragement of the progress or growth or acceptance of something; the advancement of some enterprise
fusiblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of being melted and fused
fusilladespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
galvanicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. affected by emotion as if by electricity; thrilling
gelidspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. very cold, icy, or frosty
glutinousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having the sticky properties of an adhesive
grebespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. small compact-bodied almost completely aquatic bird that builds floating nests; similar to loons but smaller and with lobate rather than webbed feet
guanospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the excrement of sea birds; used as fertilizer