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

adamantspeak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely hard; inflexible; stubbornly unyielding
Utterly heedless of the wear and tear of her clothes and constitution, and adamant to her pathetic sneezes, Mr. Bounderby immediately crammed her into a coach, and bore her off to Stone Lodge.
Hard Times - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
allusionspeak spelling word quiz 
n. indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor
Gregson and Lestrade seemed to be far from satisfied by this assurance, or by the depreciating allusion to the detective police.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening on the very morning of the wedding.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
She made no allusion to it afterwards, and I made none, for a promise is a promise, but she has never known an easy hour from that moment.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Collins had a compliment, and an allusion to throw in here, which were kindly smiled on by the mother and daughter.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 37
By Jane Austen Context
anomalousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. deviating from normal or common order, form, or rule
apatheticspeak spelling word quiz 
a. feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
He hustled on his overcoat, and bustled about in a way that showed that an energetic fit had superseded the apathetic one.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
apogeespeak spelling word quiz 
n. the highest point; point in orbit most distant from the body being orbited
aquilinespeak 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
asymmetricspeak spelling word quiz 
a. not identical on both sides of a dividing central line
atavismspeak spelling word quiz 
n. resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; deformity returning after passage of two or more generations
attenuatespeak 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
attritionspeak spelling word quiz 
n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
But the incidents of his adventure grew sensibly sharper and clearer under the attrition of thinking them over, and so he presently found himself leaning to the impression that the thing might not have been a dream, after all.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 27
By Mark Twain Context
atypicalspeak spelling word quiz 
a. not normal; unusual or irregular; not representative of a group, class, or type
augustspeak spelling word quiz 
a. impressive; majestic; inspiring awe or admiration
For frivolity and jokes and spotted tights were an offense, when they intruded themselves upon a spirit that was exalted into the vague august realm of the romantic.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 8
By Mark Twain Context
authoritativespeak spelling word quiz 
a. having weight of authority; peremptory and dictatorial
baroquespeak spelling word quiz 
a. complex or bizarre, especially in ornamentation; irregular in shape
brusquespeak spelling word quiz 
a. abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
bumptiousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; forward; pushing
cacophonousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding
cantataspeak spelling word quiz 
n. story or poem set to music that can be sung by chorus
cantospeak spelling word quiz 
n. part or division of poem of some length
censoriousspeak 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 spelling word quiz 
n. officer of ancient Roman army, in command of a century of soldiers or minor division
chimericalspeak spelling word quiz 
a. fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative