High School Spelling Words

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Grade 12: Word List - List 7

obviate
read  v. bypass requirement or make it unnecessary; get rid of
occult
read  a. hidden from the eye or the understanding; invisible; secret; concealed; unknown
odium
read  n. strong dislike, contempt, or aversion; hatefulness; disrepute
oratorio
read  n. musical composition for voices and orchestra based on religious text
ostentation
read  n. making ambitious display; unnecessary show; pretentious parade
palette
read  n. board on which painter mixes pigments
palliate
read  v. lessen violence of disease; moderate intensity; gloss over with excuses
pariah
read  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
parity
read  n. equality in status or amount; similarity or close
pedagogy
read  n. teaching; art of education; science of teaching
pedant
read  n. one who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning
pedigree
read  n. a line of ancestors; descent; lineage; register or record of a line of ancestors
I have a theory that the individual represents in his development the whole procession of his ancestors, and that such a sudden turn to good or evil stands for some strong influence which came into the line of his pedigree.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
penury
read  n. extreme poverty; lack of something; barrenness; insufficiency
perspicacious
read  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
pervasive
read  a. pervading; spread throughout every part
pestilential
read  a. tending to produce infectious disease; destructive
pied
read  a. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; multicolored
platitudinous
read  a. dull and tiresome; commonplace
posit
read  v. assume existence of; put forward, as for consideration or study; suggest
posterior
read  a. later in time; later in the order of proceeding or moving; coming after; located behind
prattle
read  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
predilection
read  n. condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; preference