12th Grade Spelling Words

Organized as 8 lists, each list has pages for vocabulary, online spelling card, and printable worksheet. Vocabulary page not only hosts explanations and examples, but also includes spelling, testing, and other online study tools.
Grade 12: Vocabulary - List 1

adjurationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something
He made no reply to this adjuration; only plodding doggedly down the wooden steps, and halting, before an apartment which, from that halt and the superior quality of its furniture, I conjectured to be the best one.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 13
By Emily Bronte Context
Bounderby, under the influence of this difficult adjuration, backed up by her compassionate eye, could only scratch his head in a feeble and ridiculous manner, and afterwards assert himself at a distance, by being heard to bully the small fry of business all the morning.
Hard Times - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
aerostaticsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a branch of statics that deals with the equilibrium of gaseous fluids and of solid bodies immersed in them
amplitudespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the maximum displacement of a periodic wave; the property of copious abundance
But her thoughts soon strayed far from her own personality; and, full of a passionate and indescribable solicitude for one to whom she was not even a name, she went forth into the amplitude of tanned wild around her, restless as Ahasuerus the Jew.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
anathematizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
androgynyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. showing characteristics of both sexes
anhydrousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. without water; especially without water of crystallization
animadvertspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. express blame or censure or make a harshly critical remark
anodespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the negatively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
anomalousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. deviating from normal or common order, form, or rule
apogeespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the highest point; point in orbit most distant from the body being orbited
aquilinespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. curved or hooked like an eagle's beak
It was a gaunt, aquiline face which was turned towards us, with piercing dark eyes, which lurked in deep hollows under overhung and tufted brows.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
argotspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a characteristic language of a particular group, as among thieves
asymmetricspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not identical on both sides of a dividing central line
atavismspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; deformity returning after passage of two or more generations
attenuatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of
Misfortune had struck them gracefully, cutting off their erratic histories with a catastrophic dash, instead of, as with many, attenuating each life to an uninteresting meagreness, through long years of wrinkles, neglect, and decay.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
bagatellespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. something of little value or significance; a light piece of music for piano
Breakfast had been ordered at a pleasant little tavern, a mile or so away upon the rising ground beyond the green; and there was a bagatelle board in the room, in case we should desire to unbend our minds after the solemnity.
Great Expectations - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
baroquespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. complex or bizarre, especially in ornamentation; irregular in shape
batikspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a method of producing colored designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed
bergamotspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. small tree with pear-shaped fruit whose oil is used in perfumery; Italy
betimesspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in good time; before the usual or expected time
The sea is no beautifier, certainly; sailors do grow old betimes; I have observed it; they soon lose the look of youth.
Persuasion - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
The old man was up, betimes, next morning, and waited impatiently for the appearance of his new associate, who after a delay that seemed interminable, at length presented himself, and commenced a voracious assault on the breakfast.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 45
By Charles Dickens Context
bibelotspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a small household, ornament, or decorative object
bienniumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a period of two years
bifurcationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the place where something divides into two branches; the act of splitting into two branches
bilingualismspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the ability to speak two languages colloquially
billiardsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. any of several games played on rectangular cloth-covered table in which long tapering cue sticks are used to propel ivory balls
The talk was much more desultory than when only the cronies were there, and everybody was a bit bored, for the weather was bad, and there was only billiards, and the pianola to dance to.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
He was nice in his eating, uncertain in his hours; fond of his child, though affecting to slight it; and idled away the mornings at billiards, which ought to have been devoted to business.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 42
By Jane Austen Context
bollspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant
broguespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a thick and heavy shoe; a strong outdoor shoe with ornamental patterns
Their lazy, blurred voices fell pleasantly on his ears, but his own brisk brogue clung to his tongue.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 3
By Margaret Mitche Context
brusquespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
bulbousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. curving outward; shaped like a bulb
bumptiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; forward; pushing
burinspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a chisel of tempered steel with a sharp point; used for engraving
cacophonousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding
cadenzaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a brilliant solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music
caitiffspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. despicably mean and cowardly
cajoleryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. flattery intended to persuade
calciminespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a water-base paint containing zinc oxide and glue and coloring; used as a wash for walls and ceilings
cantataspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. story or poem set to music that can be sung by chorus
cantospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. part or division of poem of some length
cantonmentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers
caparisonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially for a warhorse
carousespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party
Occasionally she came to a spot where independent worlds of ephemerons were passing their time in mad carousal, some in the air, some on the hot ground and vegetation, some in the tepid and stringy water of a nearly dried pool.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
cathodespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a negatively charged electrode that is the source of electrons entering an electrical device
censoriousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
centurionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. officer of ancient Roman army, in command of a century of soldiers or minor division
chimericalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative
circumlocutionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. indirect or roundabout expression; evasion in speech or writing
Losberne, who appeared desirous of gaining time, recounted them at great length, and with much circumlocution.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 31
By Charles Dickens Context
Holmes, and I have taken you at your word, for I have now told you everything without an attempt at circumlocution or concealment.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
clangorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. loud, resounding noise; sharp, metallic, ringing sound; resonant, clanging sound
coagulantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an agent that produces coagulation
coalescencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. union of diverse things into one body or form or group; growing together of parts
coddlespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. treat gently; cook in water just below boiling point
coevalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of the same period; having the same age or date of origin; contemporary
cogencyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. power of proving or of producing belief; quality of being highly probable or convincing; force; credibility