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 8

prattlespeak speak 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
precedentialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having precedence, especially because of longer service
precipitantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. done with very great haste and without due deliberation
It was a foolish precipitation last Christmas, but the evil of a few days may be blotted out in part.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 45
By Jane Austen Context
precocityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. intelligence achieved far ahead of normal developmental schedules
predilectionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; preference
prehensionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act of gripping something firmly with the hands or the tentacles
prolixspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length
propitiatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make peace with; appease and render favorable
As I drew nearer to them, trying to propitiate the tinker by my looks, I observed that the woman had a black eye.
David Copperfield - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
There had been something so tremendous in the shrinking off of the three, that the wretched man was willing to propitiate even this lad.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 50
By Charles Dickens Context
propoundspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. put forward; offer for consideration or debate
The delight with which Traddles propounded this plan to me, and the sense he had of its uncommon artfulness, are among the freshest things in my remembrance.
David Copperfield - Chapter 34
By Charles Dickens Context
Sikes propounded this question, was not one of those he had tenanted, previous to the Chertsey expedition, although it was in the same quarter of the town, and was situated at no great distance from his former lodgings.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
proscribespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. command against; banish; condemn or forbid as harmful or unlawful
But in a fatal moment, yielding to those propensities and passions, the indulgence of which had so long rendered him a scourge to society, he had quitted his haven of rest and repentance, and had come back to the country where he was proscribed.
Great Expectations - Chapter 56
By Charles Dickens Context
pseudonymityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the fact or state of being signed with a pseudonym
quizzicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. suggesting puzzlement; mocking; curious
ramifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. divide into branches or subdivisions; subordinate branchlike parts
rapprochementspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the reestablishing of cordial relations
refectionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a light meal or repast; refreshment, especially with food or drink
rejuvenescencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a renewal of youthfulness or vigor
reliquaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a container where religious relics are stored or displayed, especially relics of saints
renunciationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. sacrificing; giving up; state of having rejected your religious beliefs
She had been undecided, on leaving Dover, whether or no to give the finishing touch to that renunciation of mankind in which she had been educated, by marrying a pilot; but she decided against that venture.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
reparablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of being repaired; admitting of repair
reprobatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. person hardened in sin; person without moral scruples
repugnancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. extreme dislike or aversion; opposition; conflict; resistance, in a physical sense
They were no sooner gone, than Monks, who appeared to entertain an invincible repugnance to being left alone, called to a boy who had been hidden somewhere below.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
The abhorrence in which I held the man, the dread I had of him, the repugnance with which I shrank from him, could not have been exceeded if he had been some terrible beast.
Great Expectations - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
retrenchspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cut down; change the way things are done in order to spend less money; economize
I know I cannot live as I have done, but I must retrench where I can, and learn to be a better manager.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
reversionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. returning to a former state; turning in the opposite direction; a failure to maintain a higher state
If he does, however, they will leave me in peace, which may be a decent equivalent for the reversion.
Persuasion - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
In great families, when an advantageous place cannot be obtained, either in possession, reversion, remainder, or expectancy, for the young man who is growing up, it is a very general custom to send him to sea.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
rivuletspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. small brook or stream; streamlet
rococospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. fanciful but graceful asymmetric ornamentation in art and architecture; having excessive asymmetrical ornamentation
runnelspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a small stream, brook, rivulet; a small channel, as for water
sacrosanctspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. regarded as sacred and inviolable; too important to be changed
salaciousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lustful; suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
salubriousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. healthful; favorable to health; promoting health; wholesome
His features were pretty yet, and his eye and complexion brighter than I remembered them, though with merely temporary lustre borrowed from the salubrious air and genial sun.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 21
By Emily Bronte Context
sapiencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
saponaceousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. resembling or having the qualities of soap
satirizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make object of satire; attack with satire; censure with keenness or severe sarcasm.
secedespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. withdraw from an organization or communion
The troop of cavalry had been organized three months before, the very day that Georgia seceded from the Union, and since then the recruits had been whistling for war.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 1
By Margaret Mitche Context
sedulousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. diligent; hardworking; persevering and constant in effort or application
Immediately surrounding Mrs Musgrove were the little Harvilles, whom she was sedulously guarding from the tyranny of the two children from the Cottage, expressly arrived to amuse them.
Persuasion - Chapter 14
By Jane Austen Context
siderealspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or relating to the stars or constellations; determined by daily motion of the stars
sinuosityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. having curves; a turn, curve, or intricacy
siroccospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a windstorm that lifts up clouds of dust or sand
solderspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. repair or unite by using fusible metal alloy, usually tin and lead
somnolencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a very sleepy state; tending to cause sleep
In an instant, the somnolence had fled from the lounging throng and something electric went snapping through the air.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 6
By Margaret Mitche Context
They were activities which, beside those of a town, a village, or even a farm, would have appeared as the ferment of stagnation merely, a creeping of the flesh of somnolence.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
sonorousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having or producing full, loud, or deep sound; impressive in style of speech; easy to feel
His pride in having at any time of his life achieved such a great social distinction as to be a nuisance, an incumbrance, and a pest, was only to be satisfied by three sonorous repetitions of the boast.
Hard Times - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
submersiblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a warship designed to operate under wate; capable of being immersed in water or functioning while submerged
temporizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. act evasively in order to gain time, avoid argument, or postpone a decision
The shortness of his visit, the steadiness of his purpose in leaving them, originated in the same fettered inclination, the same inevitable necessity of temporizing with his mother.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 19
By Jane Austen Context
threnodyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
titianspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a reddish-brown or golden-brown color
ukasespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an edict of the Russian tsar; any order by an absolute or arbitrary authority
unmitigatedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unrelieved or immoderate in intensity or severity; without exception; absolute
The door, however, proved not to be locked, and they were all agreed in turning joyfully through it, and leaving the unmitigated glare of day behind.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 9
By Jane Austen Context
Here, all eyes were turned upon Brittles, who fixed his upon the speaker, and stared at him, with his mouth wide open, and his face expressive of the most unmitigated horror.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
unwontedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. out of the ordinary; not customary or usual
With Hareton the resemblance is carried farther: it is singular at all times, then it was particularly striking; because his senses were alert, and his mental faculties wakened to unwonted activity.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 33
By Emily Bronte Context
Finally, I went out into the air, with a dim perception that there was something unwonted in the conduct of the sunshine, and found that I had slumberously got to the turnpike without having taken any account of the road.
Great Expectations - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
There being nobody by, however, but a pauper old woman, who was rendered rather misty by an unwonted allowance of beer; and a parish surgeon who did such matters by contract; Oliver and Nature fought out the point between them.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 1
By Charles Dickens Context
venerealspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or relating to the external sex organs
violspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. any of a family of bowed stringed instruments that preceded the violin family
We got rid of all gloom in the excitement of the exercise, and our pleasure was increased by the arrival of the Gimmerton band, mustering fifteen strong: a trumpet, a trombone, clarionets, bassoons, French horns, and a bass viol, besides singers.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 7
By Emily Bronte Context
vivifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. give new life or energy to; make more striking or animated
vociferatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. utter in a very loud voice
He replied audibly enough, in a fashion which made my companion vociferate, more clamorously than before, that a wide distinction might be drawn between saints like himself and sinners like his master.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 9
By Emily Bronte Context
withespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. band or rope made of twisted twigs or stems; strong flexible twig
wittinglyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. with full knowledge and deliberation