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 3

derogationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a communication that belittles somebody or something; a partial repeal or abolition of a law
derrickspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a framework erected over an oil well to allow drill tubes to be raised and lowered
The lightning showed us the wreck again just in time, and we fetched the stabboard derrick, and made fast there.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Chapter 12
By Mark Twain Context
desiccantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a substance that promotes drying, e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture
despotismspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. dominance through threat of punishment and violence; a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator
The despotism and hatred of Liberalism which animated the Continental Governments had had the effect of driving to our shores a number of men who might have made excellent citizens were they not soured by the recollection of all that they had undergone.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
desuetudespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a state of inactivity or disuse
desultoryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. aimless; haphazard; at random; not connected with subject
She entreated that there might be no more searching; but it was still sought for, in a desultory way, until she was quite well, and the company took their departure.
David Copperfield - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
She did not speak many words; and as for him, something had been just done and some words had been just said on the hill which prevented him from beginning a desultory chat.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Our client appeared to have taken fresh heart at the little glimpse of hope which had been presented to him, and he even broke into a desultory chat with me over his business affairs.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
detrudespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. force down or thrust away or out
diacriticalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of distinguishing; showing up a distinction
diaphanousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. so thin as to transmit light; very sheer and light; almost completely transparent
diatomicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or relating to a molecule made up of two atoms
didacticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. instructive, especially excessively
digraphspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. two successive letters, especially two letters used to represent a single sound as 'sh' in 'shoe'
diminutionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act of decreasing or reducing something; change toward something smaller or lower
Reflecting and doubting, and feeling that the possession of what she had so much wished for did not bring much satisfaction, she now walked home again, with a change rather than a diminution of cares since her treading that path before.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 26
By Jane Austen Context
diplomatistspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an official engaged in international negotiations
disavowspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with
disavowalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. denial of any connection with or knowledge of
discontinuancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption
Immobility being the chief characteristic of that whole which the person formed portion of, the discontinuance of immobility in any quarter suggested confusion.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
discountenancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. look with disfavor on; show disapproval by discouraging
discrepantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not compatible with other facts; not in agreement; not in accord
dishabillespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the state of being carelessly or partially dressed
He was dirty and unshaven and without a cravat but somehow jaunty despite his dishabille, and his dark eyes were snapping joyfully at the sight of her.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 34
By Margaret Mitche Context
disputationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
Even you, Nelly, if we have a dispute sometimes, you back Isabella at once; and I yield like a foolish mother: I call her a darling, and flatter her into a good temper.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 10
By Emily Bronte Context
disreputespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. discredit; dishonor; the state of being held in low esteem
dissentientspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. disagreeing, especially with a majority
There were only four dissentients, the three dogs and the cat, who was afterwards discovered to have voted on both sides.
Animal Farm - Chapter 1
By George Orwell Context
disseverspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. separate into parts or portions
dissipationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
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
In town I believe he chiefly lived, but his studying the law was a mere pretence, and being now free from all restraint, his life was a life of idleness and dissipation.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 35
By Jane Austen Context
dissonantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not in accord; lacking in harmony; characterized by musical dissonance
dissuasionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. persuading not to do or believe something; talking someone out of a belief or an intended course of action
distaffspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the sphere of work by women; a stick or spindle onto which wool or flax is wound for spinning
Had it been possible for the earth and mankind to be entirely in her grasp for a while, she had handled the distaff, the spindle, and the shears at her own free will, few in the world would have noticed the change of government.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
distemperspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. any of various infectious viral diseases of animals; an angry and disagreeable mood
distentionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions; the act of expanding by pressure from within
divinationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck; the art or gift of prophecy by supernatural means
dolorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. painful grief; a state of great sorrow or distress
dowdyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby; old-fashioned
drachmaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. formerly the basic unit of money in Greece; a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce or to 60 grains
dragoonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. compel by coercion, threats, or crude means; subjugate by imposing troops
ductilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. easily influenced; flexible; pliable
dudgeonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a feeling of intense indignation
duteousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. willingly obedient out of a sense of duty and respect
dutiablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. subject to customs duty, as imported goods
ebullientspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
eccentricityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. oddity; departure from that which is stated, regular, or usual; deviation from center
There are some trees, Watson, which grow to a certain height, and then suddenly develop some unsightly eccentricity.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
After all, if these people had strange fads and expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were at least ready to pay for their eccentricity.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
effeminacyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. having traits, tastes, habits, traditionally considered feminine
Had he been less obviously masculine, his ability to recall details of dresses, bonnets and coiffures would have been put down as the rankest effeminacy.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 12
By Margaret Mitche Context
effervescentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by high spirits or excitement
efflorescencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms; any red eruption of the skin; the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
effluencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the action or process of flowing out; efflux
effluviumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a foul-smelling outflow or vapor, especially a gaseous waste
effulgencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
effusespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. give out or emit; flow or spill forth; pour out
egotistspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a conceited and self-centered person
electrotypespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a duplicate printing plate made by electrolytically depositing a layer of copper or nickel onto a mould of the original
elidespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. omit a vowel, consonant, or syllable in pronunciation; leave or strike out
emaciatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. grow weak and thin or waste away physically; cause to grow thin or weak
He was a small emaciated animal and he stood with his head dispiritedly low, almost between his forelegs.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 23
By Margaret Mitche Context
For months my life was despaired of, and when at last I came to myself and became convalescent, I was so weak and emaciated that a medical board determined that not a day should be lost in sending me back to England.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context