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 7

obviatespeak spelling word quiz 
v. bypass requirement or make it unnecessary; get rid of
occultspeak spelling word quiz 
a. hidden from the eye or the understanding; invisible; secret; concealed; unknown
odiumspeak spelling word quiz 
n. strong dislike, contempt, or aversion; hatefulness; disrepute
oratoriospeak spelling word quiz 
n. musical composition for voices and orchestra based on religious text
ostentationspeak spelling word quiz 
n. making ambitious display; unnecessary show; pretentious parade
palettespeak spelling word quiz 
n. board on which painter mixes pigments
palliatespeak spelling word quiz 
v. lessen violence of disease; moderate intensity; gloss over with excuses
pariahspeak spelling word quiz 
n. social outcast; person who is rejected from society or home
Shortly Tom came upon the juvenile pariah of the village, Huckleberry Finn, son of the town drunkard.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 6
By Mark Twain Context
parityspeak spelling word quiz 
n. equality in status or amount; similarity or close
pedagogyspeak spelling word quiz 
n. teaching; art of education; science of teaching
pedantspeak spelling word quiz 
n. one who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning
pedigreespeak spelling word quiz 
n. a line of ancestors; descent; lineage; register or record of a line of ancestors
I have a theory that the individual represents in his development the whole procession of his ancestors, and that such a sudden turn to good or evil stands for some strong influence which came into the line of his pedigree.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
penuryspeak spelling word quiz 
n. extreme poverty; lack of something; barrenness; insufficiency
perspicaciousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. having keen insight; mentally perceptive; astute
Before they had gone far it occurred to the perspicacious reddleman that he would have acted more wisely by appearing less unimpressionable, and he resolved to correct the error as soon as he could find opportunity.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
pervasivespeak spelling word quiz 
a. pervading; spread throughout every part
pestilentialspeak spelling word quiz 
a. tending to produce infectious disease; destructive
piedspeak spelling word quiz 
a. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; multicolored
platitudinousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. dull and tiresome; commonplace
positspeak spelling word quiz 
v. assume existence of; put forward, as for consideration or study; suggest
posteriorspeak spelling word quiz 
a. later in time; later in the order of proceeding or moving; coming after; located behind
prattlespeak spelling word quiz 
v. speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly; talk artlessly and childishly
My companion was in the best of spirits, and prattled away about Cremona fiddles, and the difference between a Stradivarius and an Amati.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
She expressed pleasure, too, at finding a sister among her new acquaintance; and she prattled to Catherine, and kissed her, and ran about with her, and gave her quantities of presents, at the beginning.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 6
By Emily Bronte Context
predilectionspeak spelling word quiz 
n. condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; preference