12th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 12: Vocabulary - List 5

guillemetspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one of two marks, used in French, Italian, and Russian printing to enclose quotations
haciendaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the main house on a ranch or large estate
hegiraspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment
heterogeneousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. consisting of dissimilar elements or parts; completely different
histologyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the branch of biology that studies the microscopic structure of animal or plant tissues
ichthyicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. fishlike; characteristic of fishes
immunosuppressantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a drug that lowers the body's normal immune response
improvisationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an unplanned expedient; a performance given extempore without planning or preparation
incunabulaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. any book printed before 1501; the infancy or earliest stages of something
indolencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
When the first transports of rage which had produced his activity in seeking her were over, he naturally returned to all his former indolence.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
I saw she was sorry for his persevering sulkiness and indolence: her conscience reproved her for frightening him off improving himself: she had done it effectually.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 32
By Emily Bronte Context
Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
inebriatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. fill with sublime emotion; become drunk or drink excessively
inexpedientspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not appropriate to the purpose; not suitable or advisable
ingenuespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. innocent girl or young woman; actress who plays such parts
An ingenuous, transparent life was disclosed, as if the flow of her existence could be seen passing within her.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
But her ingenuity was at work to remedy the injury: while I ironed, or pursued other such stationary employments as I could not well do in the parlour, she would bring some pleasant volume and read it aloud to me.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 32
By Emily Bronte Context
inquisitionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a severe interrogation, often violating the rights or privacy of individuals
They had scarcely been two minutes by themselves, before he began to speak of Edward; for he, too, had heard of the living, and was very inquisitive on the subject.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 41
By Jane Austen Context
inroadspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. entrance of an enemy into a country with purposes of hostility; sudden or desultory incursion or invasion; raid; encroachment
insentientspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. devoid of feeling and consciousness and animation
For a little while, before the insentient iron world and the Mammon of mechanized greed did them both in, her as well as him.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
interlocutorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one who speaks in dialogue or takes part in conversation
interpolationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a message, spoken or written, that is introduced or inserted; the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts
interpositionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act or fact of interjecting or interposing one thing between or among others
At that point, my convict became so frantically exasperated, that he would have rushed upon him but for the interposition of the soldiers.
Great Expectations - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
intestacyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the situation of being or dying without a legally valid will
intoxicantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent; a drug that can produce a state of intoxication
introspectspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings
He picked it up and gazed at it in the peculiar introspective fashion which was characteristic of him.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
A very different Holmes, this active, alert man, from the introspective and pallid dreamer of Baker Street.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
inundationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an overwhelming number or amount; the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land
inurespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. apply in use; use or accustom till no pain or inconvenience; harden; habituate
inveighspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. speak against in an impassioned manner; complain bitterly
invidiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. designed to create ill will or envy
involutionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the shrinkage of an organ in old age or when inactive; the act of sharing in the activities of a group; the action of enfolding something
ionizationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the condition of being dissociated into ions; the process of ionizing; the formation of ions by separating atoms or molecules
iridescencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the visual property of something having a milky brightness and a play of colors from the surface
And this time his being within her was all soft and iridescent, purely soft and iridescent, such as no consciousness could seize.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 12
By D H Lawrence Context
irksomespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. causing annoyance, weariness, or vexation; tedious
Yates must have been irksome; but of him, trifling and confident, idle and expensive, it was every way vexatious.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
Collins, to be sure, was neither sensible nor agreeable; his society was irksome, and his attachment to her must be imaginary.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 22
By Jane Austen Context
While he was yet nearly a mile from the house his mother exhibited signs of restlessness under the constraint of being borne along, as if his arms were irksome to her.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
irradiatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. expose to radiation; cast rays of light upon
He stands before me again, his bluff hairy face irradiating with a joyful love and pride, for which I can find no description.
David Copperfield - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
She turned, being then in the brightness of a lamp; and raising her hood a little, showed a quiet oval face, dark and rather delicate, irradiated by a pair of very gentle eyes, and further set off by the perfect order of her shining black hair.
Hard Times - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
irrefrangiblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not to be broken or violated; inviolable; incapable of being refracted
irruptionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence; a sudden sharp increase in the relative numbers of a population
isobarspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an isogram connecting points having equal barometric pressure at a given time, for meteorology
isochronousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. equal in duration or interval
jaundicespeak speak spelling word quiz 
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
jocularspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. humorous, amusing or joking; sportive; not serious
She did it gloomily until she came to ten, but when she got into two figures she became more hopeful, and, as the time advanced, even jocular.
David Copperfield - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
James Harthouse passed a whole night and a day in a state of so much hurry, that the World, with its best glass in his eye, would scarcely have recognized him during that insane interval, as the brother Jem of the honourable and jocular member.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
juridicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. relating to the administration of justice or the function of a judge; of or relating to the law or jurisprudence
lackadaisicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lacking purpose or zest; halfhearted; lacking spirit or liveliness
There is no doubt whatever that I was a lackadaisical young spooney; but there was a purity of heart in all this, that prevents my having quite a contemptuous recollection of it, let me laugh as I may.
David Copperfield - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
lactationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the production of milk by the mammary glands; the period following birth during which milk is secreted; feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast
languorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. feeling of lack of interest or energy; depression
But his languor altogether was quite a wonderful sight; except when he addressed himself to his cousin Annie.
David Copperfield - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
There was no carelessness, no languor, no idle curiosity; none of the many shades of indifference to be seen in all other assemblies, visible for one moment there.
Hard Times - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
He was still a pale young gentleman, and had a certain conquered languor about him in the midst of his spirits and briskness, that did not seem indicative of natural strength.
Great Expectations - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
lariatspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a long noosed rope used to catch animals
latishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. somewhat or rather late
laxativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having a tendency to loosen or relax.
leewardspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the direction in which the wind is blowing; the side of something that is sheltered from the wind
leoninespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or characteristic of or resembling a lion
lethargyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
That proposal, unexpectedly, roused Linton from his lethargy, and threw him into a strange state of agitation.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 26
By Emily Bronte Context
He entered with a weariness and lethargy which was even more painful than his violence of the morning before, and he dropped heavily into the armchair which I pushed forward for him.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
lexicographyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act of writing dictionaries
libertinespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. free thinker, usually used disparagingly; one without moral restraint
licentiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint
licitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law; sanctioned by custom or morality especially sexual morality
liegespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service; a person holding a fief
They then proceeded to take legal steps against my liege lady, who for her part disappeared, having always had a mortal fear of the police.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context