High School Spelling Words

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Grade 12: Word List - List 6

libertine
read  n. free thinker, usually used disparagingly; one without moral restraint
licentious
read  a. amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint
linguistic
read  a. relating to language or linguistics; relating to study of language
linguistics
read  n. humanistic study of language and literature
lionize
read  v. look on or treat a person as celebrity; visit famous places in order to revere them
mawkish
read  a. insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment
mayhem
read  n. offense of willfully maiming or crippling a person; state of violent disorder; havoc; physical disturbance
mellifluous
read  a. flowing or dropping like honey; sweetly or smoothly flowing, especially in sound
metaphysical
read  a. without material form or substance; based on abstract reasoning; highly abstract or theoretical; supernatural
minutiae
read  n. petty details; small particular or detail; a minute or trivial matter of fact
She had a great deal to listen to; all the particulars of past sad scenes, all the minutiae of distress upon distress, which in former conversations had been merely hinted at, were dwelt on now with a natural indulgence.
Persuasion - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
It was a worn whisper, dry and papery, and it brushed so distinctly across the ear that, by the accustomed, the material minutiae in which it originated could be realized as by touch.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
missive
read  n. letter; written message; messenger
Notwithstanding, my journey homeward was sadder than my journey thither; and many misgivings I had, ere I could prevail on myself to put the missive into Mrs.Linton's hand.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 14
By Emily Bronte Context
molt
read  v. shed or cast off hair or feathers
moribund
read  a. dying; in dying state; approaching death; about to die
morphology
read  n. branch of biology that deals with the structure of animals and plants
muffle
read  n. bare end of nose between nostrils
nether
read  a. situated down or below; lying beneath, or in the lower part; having a lower position; lower; under;
As she looked full at me, I saw her face grow sharper and paler, and the marks of the old wound lengthen out until it cut through the disfigured lip, and deep into the nether lip, and slanted down the face.
David Copperfield - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
They wandered onward till they reached the nether margin of the heath, where it became marshy and merged in moorland.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
nihilist
read  n. one who believes traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic
nocturnal
read  a. of or relating to or occurring in the night; most active at night
That one dint in the short, green grass was the only material witness left of this inexplicable nocturnal flight.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The wheat crop was full of weeds, and it was discovered that on one of his nocturnal visits Snowball had mixed weed seeds with the seed corn.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
nostrum
read  n. patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable; quack medicine
obsequious
read  a. slavishly attentive; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
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
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
obstetrician
read  n. physician specializing in delivery of babies
obstreperous
read  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