High School Spelling Words

Spelling words for grade 9, 10, 11, and 12; 8 lists for each grade; vocabulary, online spelling exercise, thousands of printable quizzes and cards.
Grade 12: Word List - List 1

adamant
read  a. extremely hard; inflexible; stubbornly unyielding
Utterly heedless of the wear and tear of her clothes and constitution, and adamant to her pathetic sneezes, Mr. Bounderby immediately crammed her into a coach, and bore her off to Stone Lodge.
Hard Times - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
allusion
read  n. indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor
Gregson and Lestrade seemed to be far from satisfied by this assurance, or by the depreciating allusion to the detective police.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening on the very morning of the wedding.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
She made no allusion to it afterwards, and I made none, for a promise is a promise, but she has never known an easy hour from that moment.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Collins had a compliment, and an allusion to throw in here, which were kindly smiled on by the mother and daughter.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 37
By Jane Austen Context
anomalous
read  a. deviating from normal or common order, form, or rule
apathetic
read  a. feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
He hustled on his overcoat, and bustled about in a way that showed that an energetic fit had superseded the apathetic one.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
apogee
read  n. the highest point; point in orbit most distant from the body being orbited
aquiline
read  a. curved or hooked like an eagle's beak
It was a gaunt, aquiline face which was turned towards us, with piercing dark eyes, which lurked in deep hollows under overhung and tufted brows.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
asymmetric
read  a. not identical on both sides of a dividing central line
atavism
read  n. resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; deformity returning after passage of two or more generations
attenuate
read  v. make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of
Misfortune had struck them gracefully, cutting off their erratic histories with a catastrophic dash, instead of, as with many, attenuating each life to an uninteresting meagreness, through long years of wrinkles, neglect, and decay.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
attrition
read  n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
But the incidents of his adventure grew sensibly sharper and clearer under the attrition of thinking them over, and so he presently found himself leaning to the impression that the thing might not have been a dream, after all.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 27
By Mark Twain Context
atypical
read  a. not normal; unusual or irregular; not representative of a group, class, or type
august
read  a. impressive; majestic; inspiring awe or admiration
For frivolity and jokes and spotted tights were an offense, when they intruded themselves upon a spirit that was exalted into the vague august realm of the romantic.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 8
By Mark Twain Context
authoritative
read  a. having weight of authority; peremptory and dictatorial
baroque
read  a. complex or bizarre, especially in ornamentation; irregular in shape
brusque
read  a. abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
bumptious
read  a. offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; forward; pushing
cacophonous
read  a. discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding
cantata
read  n. story or poem set to music that can be sung by chorus
canto
read  n. part or division of poem of some length
censorious
read  a. critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
centurion
read  n. officer of ancient Roman army, in command of a century of soldiers or minor division
chimerical
read  a. fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative