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