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 6

libertinespeak spelling word quiz 
n. free thinker, usually used disparagingly; one without moral restraint
licentiousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint
linguisticspeak spelling word quiz 
a. relating to language or linguistics; relating to study of language
linguisticsspeak spelling word quiz 
n. humanistic study of language and literature
lionizespeak spelling word quiz 
v. look on or treat a person as celebrity; visit famous places in order to revere them
mawkishspeak spelling word quiz 
a. insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment
mayhemspeak spelling word quiz 
n. offense of willfully maiming or crippling a person; state of violent disorder; havoc; physical disturbance
mellifluousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. flowing or dropping like honey; sweetly or smoothly flowing, especially in sound
metaphysicalspeak spelling word quiz 
a. without material form or substance; based on abstract reasoning; highly abstract or theoretical; supernatural
minutiaespeak spelling word quiz 
n. petty details; small particular or detail; a minute or trivial matter of fact
She had a great deal to listen to; all the particulars of past sad scenes, all the minutiae of distress upon distress, which in former conversations had been merely hinted at, were dwelt on now with a natural indulgence.
Persuasion - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
It was a worn whisper, dry and papery, and it brushed so distinctly across the ear that, by the accustomed, the material minutiae in which it originated could be realized as by touch.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
missivespeak spelling word quiz 
n. letter; written message; messenger
Notwithstanding, my journey homeward was sadder than my journey thither; and many misgivings I had, ere I could prevail on myself to put the missive into Mrs.Linton's hand.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 14
By Emily Bronte Context
moltspeak spelling word quiz 
v. shed or cast off hair or feathers
moribundspeak spelling word quiz 
a. dying; in dying state; approaching death; about to die
morphologyspeak spelling word quiz 
n. branch of biology that deals with the structure of animals and plants
mufflespeak spelling word quiz 
n. bare end of nose between nostrils
netherspeak spelling word quiz 
a. situated down or below; lying beneath, or in the lower part; having a lower position; lower; under;
As she looked full at me, I saw her face grow sharper and paler, and the marks of the old wound lengthen out until it cut through the disfigured lip, and deep into the nether lip, and slanted down the face.
David Copperfield - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
They wandered onward till they reached the nether margin of the heath, where it became marshy and merged in moorland.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
nihilistspeak spelling word quiz 
n. one who believes traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic
nocturnalspeak spelling word quiz 
a. of or relating to or occurring in the night; most active at night
That one dint in the short, green grass was the only material witness left of this inexplicable nocturnal flight.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The wheat crop was full of weeds, and it was discovered that on one of his nocturnal visits Snowball had mixed weed seeds with the seed corn.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
nostrumspeak spelling word quiz 
n. patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable; quack medicine
obsequiousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. slavishly attentive; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
Standing at this table, I became conscious of the servile Pumblechook in a black cloak and several yards of hatband, who was alternately stuffing himself, and making obsequious movements to catch my attention.
Great Expectations - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
They were obsequious and servile and did not presume to talk to their masters as if they were their equals.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 4
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
obstetricianspeak spelling word quiz 
n. physician specializing in delivery of babies
obstreperousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. noisily aggressive; making great noise or outcry
But she dared not show it, because Connie, taking after her father, would straight away become obstreperous and unmanageable.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 16
By D H Lawrence Context