High School Spelling Words

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Grade 12: Word List - List 2

choreography
read  n. art of representing dances in written symbols; arrangement of dances
circumlocution
read  n. indirect or roundabout expression; evasion in speech or writing
Holmes, and I have taken you at your word, for I have now told you everything without an attempt at circumlocution or concealment.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Losberne, who appeared desirous of gaining time, recounted them at great length, and with much circumlocution.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 31
By Charles Dickens Context
clangor
read  n. loud, resounding noise; sharp, metallic, ringing sound; resonant, clanging sound
coalescence
read  n. union of diverse things into one body or form or group; growing together of parts
coddle
read  v. treat gently; cook in water just below boiling point
cogency
read  n. power of proving or of producing belief; quality of being highly probable or convincing; force; credibility
cohesion
read  n. tendency to keep together
collate
read  v. examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
compression
read  n. applying pressure; encoding information while reducing the bandwidth or bits required
concomitant
read  a. in conjunction with; accompanying; associated with
confederacy
read  n. alliance
If Britain were driven into war with one confederacy, it would assure the supremacy of the other confederacy, whether they joined in the war or not.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
consanguineous
read  a. of the same lineage or origin; having common ancestor
consign
read  v. give, transfer, or deliver in a formal manner, as if by signing over into the possession of another
Though I could almost have consigned her to the mercies of the wind on the topmost pinnacle of the Cathedral, without remorse, I made a virtue of necessity, and gave her a friendly salutation.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
Campbell consigned to him, and felt a strong personal interest in his being well cared for, and living a secluded life.
Great Expectations - Chapter 46
By Charles Dickens Context
So, she appropriated the greater part of the weekly stipend to her own use, and consigned the rising parochial generation to even a shorter allowance than was originally provided for them.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
consort
read  v. associate; join
Bumble turned, and encountered the face of his interesting consort, who, imperfectly comprehending the few words she had overheard of his complaint, had hazarded the foregoing remark at a venture.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
conspirator
read  n. one who engages in a conspiracy; plotter
contemptuous
read  a. scornful; expressing contempt; showing a lack of respect
When he had to deal with them, Clifford was rather haughty and contemptuous; one could no longer afford to be friendly.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 2
By D H Lawrence Context
She was afraid she had used some strong, some contemptuous expressions in speaking of the clergy, and that should not have been.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 29
By Jane Austen Context
She received no other answer, than an artificial, assenting smile, followed by a contemptuous glance, as he turned away, which Anne perfectly knew the meaning of.
Persuasion - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
contentious
read  a. quarrelsome; disagreeable; marked by heated arguments or controversy
continence
read  n. self control; self restraint; partial or complete abstention from sexual activity
contradictory
read  a. nature of, or being a contradiction; mutually exclusive; opposing
You have my thoughts exactly as they arise, my dear Fanny; perhaps they are sometimes contradictory, but it will not be a less faithful picture of my mind.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 44
By Jane Austen Context
convalesce
read  v. recover gradually from an illness
coquette
read  n. flirt; seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
corollary
read  n. natural consequence or effect; result