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

niggardlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. petty or reluctant in giving or spending
nihilistspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one who believes traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic
nostrumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable; quack medicine
obsequiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. slavishly attentive; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
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
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
obsolescencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the process of becoming obsolete; falling into disuse or becoming out of date
obstetricianspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. physician specializing in delivery of babies
obstetricsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the branch of medicine dealing with childbirth and care of the mother
obstreperousspeak speak 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
obviatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. bypass requirement or make it unnecessary; get rid of
occludespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. block passage through; close, shut, or stop up a passage
odiumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. strong dislike, contempt, or aversion; hatefulness; disrepute
opalescencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the visual property of something having a milky brightness and a play of colors from the surface
Round the near horizon went the haze, opalescent with frost and smoke, and on the top lay the small blue sky; so that it was like being inside an enclosure, always inside.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 5
By D H Lawrence Context
opprobriumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. state of disgrace resulting from public abuse; state of extreme dishonor
oratoriospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. musical composition for voices and orchestra based on religious text
orthogonalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. statistically unrelated; having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; meeting at right angles
orthographyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
He continued with her the whole time of her writing, to assist her with his penknife or his orthography, as either were wanted; and added to these attentions, which she felt very much, a kindness to her brother which delighted her beyond all the rest.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 2
By Jane Austen Context
ostentationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. making ambitious display; unnecessary show; pretentious parade
outriggerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a stabilizer for a canoe; spars attach to a shaped log or float parallel to the hull
palliatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. lessen violence of disease; moderate intensity; gloss over with excuses
pamphleteerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a writer of pamphlets, usually taking a partisan stand on public issues
pantheismspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the doctrine or belief that God is the universe and its phenomena or the doctrine that regards the universe as a manifestation of God
paramourspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a woman who cohabits with an important man; a woman's lover
After this, for some days she went round loudly saying that my paramour was no less a person than Lady Chatterley herself.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
pariahspeak speak 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
patrimonyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an inheritance coming by right of birth; a church endowment
patronymicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or derived from a personal or family name
pauperismspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a state of extreme poverty or destitution
peccantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. liable to sin; violating a rule, principle, or established practice
pedantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning
peeragespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the peers of a kingdom considered as a group
peevishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. easily irritated or annoyed
That was worse: she fretted and sighed, and looked at her watch till eight, and finally went to her room, completely overdone with sleep; judging by her peevish, heavy look, and the constant rubbing she inflicted on her eyes.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 24
By Emily Bronte Context
peninsularspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or forming or resembling a peninsula
penitentialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. showing or constituting penance
Through all my punishments, disgraces, fasts, and vigils, and other penitential performances, I had nursed this assurance; and to my communing so much with it, in a solitary and unprotected way, I in great part refer the fact that I was morally timid and very sensitive.
Great Expectations - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
pentameterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a verse line having five metrical feet
pentathlonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an athletic contest consisting of five different events
penuryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. extreme poverty; lack of something; barrenness; insufficiency
perambulatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make an official inspection on foot of the bounds of a property; walk with no particular goal
perforcespeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. by necessity; by force of circumstance
They were two alien dogs which would have liked to snarl at one another, but which smiled instead, perforce.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context
I was sick exceedingly, and dizzy, and faint; and thus compelled perforce to accept lodgings under his roof.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 2
By Emily Bronte Context
perspicaciousspeak speak 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
perspicacityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the capacity to assess situations shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions; intelligence manifested by being astute
perspicuousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. transparently clear of language; easily understandable
I must have read very perspicuously, or the poor soul must have been deeply interested, for I remember she had a cloudy impression, after I had done, that they were a sort of vegetable.
David Copperfield - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
pertinacityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. persistent determination; quality of sticking with something
On this occasion he seemed to think he was introduced expressly to keep Traddles at bay; and he barked at my old friend, and made short runs at his plate, with such undaunted pertinacity, that he may be said to have engrossed the conversation.
David Copperfield - Chapter 44
By Charles Dickens Context
perversityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. deliberately deviating from what is good
And then he would put his hand into her bosom and feel her breasts, and kiss them in exultation, the exultation of perversity, of being a child when he was a man.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 19
By D H Lawrence Context
Catherine, by instinct, must have divined it was obdurate perversity, and not dislike, that prompted this dogged conduct; for, after remaining an instant undecided, she stooped and impressed on his cheek a gentle kiss.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 32
By Emily Bronte Context
pestilentialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. tending to produce infectious disease; destructive
philanderspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. have amorous affairs; talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
phonographspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. machine in which rotating records cause a stylus to vibrate and the vibrations are amplified acoustically or electronically
piedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; multicolored
piscatorialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. relating to or characteristic of the activity of fishing
planispherespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a representation of the circles of the sphere on a plane surface, such as a polar projection of the celestial sphere onto a chart
platitudinousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. dull and tiresome; used too often to be interesting or thoughtful
pogromspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. organized persecution of an ethnic group, especially Jews
polycracyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. form of government ruled by more than one person, as opposed to a monocracy
positspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. assume existence of; put forward, as for consideration or study; suggest