12th Grade Words for Hyde Park, New York

Words for 12th Grade students of Hyde Park Central School District.
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 12th Grade Words for Hyde Park Central School District
abbreviate
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v. make shorter; reduce to shorter form intended to represent full form, as for word or phrase
abdicate
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v. give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
abstinence
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n. restraint from eating or drinking; refraining from indulging appetite or desire
adulation
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n. excessive flattery or admiration; unmerited praise
adversity
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n. state of misfortune, hardship, or affliction; misfortune
aesthetic
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a. elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste
amicable
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a. exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome
anachronistic
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a. having time error in story; erroneous in date; in wrong time
anecdote
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n. short account of amusing or interesting event; short narrative; secret story of history or biography
anonymous
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a. having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name
antagonist
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n. one who contends with another, especially in combat; an adversary; opponent
arid
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a. dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants
assiduous
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a. constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
asylum
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n. place of refuge or shelter; protection
benevolent
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a. generous in providing aid to others; charitable
camaraderie
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n. good-fellowship; companionship; close friendship in friends or teammates
censure
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v. expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; blame
circuitous
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a. being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course; going round in a circuit; not direct
clairvoyant
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n. having foresight; fortuneteller
collaborate
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v. work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort
compassion
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n. sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration
compromise
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v. accept that you will reduce your demands to reach an agreement with someone
condescending
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a. (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
conditional
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a. imposing or depending on or containing a condition
congregation
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n. act of congregating, or bringing together; collection or mass of separate things
deleterious
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a. having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
demagogue
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n. person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader of people
digression
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n. wandering from the main path of a journey; diversion
diligent
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a. assiduous; industrious; hard working
discredit
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v. defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve
disdain
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v. view with scorn or contempt; feel with aversion
divergent
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a. differing; tending to move apart in different directions
empathy
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n. understanding and entering into another's feelings
emulate
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v. be a match or counterpart for; eager to equal or excel
enervating
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a. causing debilitation
enhance
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v. make better or more attractive; increase; improve
ephemeral
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a. short-lived; enduring a very short time
evanescent
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a. fleeting; vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor
exasperation
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n. an exasperated feeling of annoyance; actions that cause great irritation
exemplary
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a. serving as model; outstanding; typical
extenuating
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a. partially excusing or justifying
florid
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a. reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
fortuitous
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a. accidental; by chance; coming or occurring without any cause
frugal
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a. sparing; economical; costing little; inexpensive
hackneyed
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a. repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
haughty
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a. high; lofty; bold; arrogant; overbearing
hedonist
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n. one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life
hypothesis
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n. assumption; theory
impetuous
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a. marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate
impute
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v. lay responsibility or blame for, often unjustly
incompatible
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a. inharmonious; impossible to coexist; not easy to combine harmoniously
inconsequential
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a. insignificant; lacking importance; not following from premises or evidence; illogical
inevitable
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a. unavoidable; incapable of being avoided or prevented
integrity
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n. quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness
intrepid
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a. fearless; indicating or springing from courage
intuitive
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a. based on feelings rather than facts or proof; automatic, without requiring conscious thought
jubilation
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n. rejoicing; feeling of extreme joy
longevity
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n. long life; great duration of life; long duration or continuance, as in an occupation
mundane
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a. belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly; concerned with commonplaces; ordinary
nonchalant
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a. behaving in a calm manner, often in a way that suggests you are not interested or do not care
novice
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n. beginner; person new to a field or activity
opulent
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a. rich and superior in quality
orator
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n. skilled public speaker; person who pronounces discourse publicly on some special occasion, as pleader or lawyer
ostentatious
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a. showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
parched
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a. dried out by heat; toasted or roasted slightly
perfidious
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a. tending to betray; disloyal; faithless
precocious
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a. showing mental development or achievement much earlier than usual; appearing or developing early
pretentious
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a. intended to attract notice and impress others; making unjustified claims; overly ambitious
procrastinate
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v. postpone or delay needlessly; put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness
prosaic
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a. dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual
prosperity
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n. good fortune; financial success; physical well-being
provocative
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a. arousing anger or interest; tending to provoke or stimulate
prudent
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a. cautious; careful in regard to one's own interests
querulous
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a. habitually complaining; expressing complaint or grievance
rancorous
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a. full of deep-seated enmity or, malice, or hatred
reclusive
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a. avoiding the company of other people; solitary
reconciliation
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n. act of reconciling, or state of being reconciled; reconcilement; restoration to harmony; renewal of friendship
renovation
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n. improving by renewing and restoring; state of being restored to its former good condition; renewal
resilient
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a. elastic; having power of springing back or recover readily
restrained
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v. keep under control; keep in check
reverence
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n. profound respect and esteem with fear and affection, as for a holy being or place; act showing respect, especially a bow or curtsy
sagacity
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n. quality of being sagacious; quickness or acuteness of sense perceptions; keenness of discernment; shrewdness
scrutinize
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v. examine closely and critically
spontaneity
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n. naturalness; freedom from constraint; happening or arising without external cause; self-generated
spurious
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a. false; counterfeit; forged; illogical
submissive
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a. yielding; inclined or ready to submit
substantiate
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v. establish by evidence; make firm or solid; support
subtle
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a. slight; be difficult to detect or grasp by the mind
superficial
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a. trivial; of little substance; involving a surface only
superfluous
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a. being beyond what is required or sufficient
suppress
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v. put down by force or authority; overwhelm; keep from being revealed
surreptitious
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a. secret; done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently
tactful
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a. showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with people
tenacious
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a. sticking together; stubbornly unyielding; holding together firmly
transient
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a. momentary; temporary; staying for short time
venerable
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a. deserving high respect; impressive by reason of age; profoundly honored
vindicate
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v. clear from blame; exonerate; maintain, uphold, or defend
wary
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a. very cautious; on guard; watchful
zealot
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n. fanatically committed person; person who shows excessive zeal