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Spelling Bee Word List

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variable
something that changes, such as a number
crucial
of great importance
imitate
1. to follow the example of 2. to copy the behavior or actions
consensus
a general agreement or opinion
impertinent
boldly rude or insulting
array
variety; large collection
deficiency
a shortage; lack
criterion/ criteria (pl.)
a rule, standard, or test by which something can be judged
kinetic
having to do with motion
severity
harshness; intensity
projection
prediction or plan for the future
interval
1. the space between two places, points, or objects 2. the period of time between two events
circumvent
1. to get around by cleverness or trickery 2. to go around
iridescent
having many colors that change and shift; shimmering
lax
careless; not strict
architecture
the science and art of planning and designing buildings and other structures
pediatrician
a children's doctor
analyze
to study carefully; to find out what something is made of
neurology
the branch of medicine that deals with the nervous system and its diseases
diagnosis
a medical opinion concerning a person's health
erratic
changeable; unpredictable
inadequate
not enough
harass
to bother, irritate, disturb, or torment repeatedly
accelerate
to cause to go faster
dialect
a form of speech spoken in a certain area
tangible
able to be touched
decisive
firm and beyond doubt
pilgrimage
a journey for a special purpose
eccentric
not traditional; out of the ordinary
dominant
most powerful; ruling
mobility
the ability to move about
immersed
completely covered by a liquid
meticulous
very careful about details; tidy
erroneous
containing error; mistaken
ample
more than enough
inscribe
to carve letters or symbols into a hard surface
signify
to stand for; represent
alcove
a nook or small room-like place
dilemma
a situation that requires a choice between two things that often seem equally unsatisfactory
coherent
organized logically; easy to understand
minuscule
tiny; extremely small
repentance
deep regret for something one has done
epoch
a period of time in history marked by certain events, characteristics, or developments
indelibly
permanently; in a way that cannot be erased or removed
eligible
qualified
urge
to encourage, persuade, or convince
correspondence
written messages
retrospect
the act of looking back at the past
adversity
trouble; difficulty
derogatory
insulting; belittling
physician
a person who has a license to practice medicine
municipal
of or relating to a town, city, or other local community or its government
trait
a quality that sets one person apart from another
whet
to sharpen; to make eager
improbable
unlikely
exorbitant
going beyond reasonable limits; great or extreme; excessive
insurgent
a person who rebels against authority; a rebel
sensitivity
awareness, especially of feelings
alignment
arrangement in a straight line
formidable
fearsome; difficult to overcome
extraneous
not belonging; not essential
episode
an event or incident that is one part of a larger story or time period
perceive
1. to become aware of something through sight, hearing, touch, smell, or taste 2. to understand
obliterate
to erase; to hide
evoke
to call forth
associate
1. to connect in one's mind 2. a partner in business
voluminous
of great size; quite large
fascinate
to capture and hold the interest and attention of
imperil
to put in danger
synopsis
a brief summary or outline of a written work, play, movie, or similar work
technique
a method or way a task, especially a difficult or complicated one, is done
divulge
to make known
ethnic
having to do with religious, national, racial, or cultural groups
resistance
the ability to reject or withstand the effect of something
begrudging
unwilling; reluctant
masquerade
to look or act like something else; disguise; pose
charisma
a strong and inspiring quality in a person that others like or follow
derive
to come from a source or origin
morale
the attitude, state of mind, or spirit of a person or group
spatial
having to do with space
adequate
enough to meet a need for a particular purpose
budget
a plan for spending money
surplus
an amount or quantity that is more than what is needed
receipt
a written statement that says the money has been paid and goods have been received
accumulate
to collect; gather; pile up
impartial
not favoring one side over another; fair
exposure
the state of being visible or known
seismic
having to do with earthquakes
imperative
absolutely required or necessary
emulate
to imitate; to try to be as good as
elusive
hard to describe; explain; or understand
conservationist
a person who works to preserve the environment
hinder
to make difficult; get in the way of
satellite
1. an object placed into orbit to travel around another body in space, such as the earth or moon 2. a heavenly body, such as the moon, that travels around a larger body
compulsory
required
endeavor
to make a serious attempt; try
heredity
the characteristics or traits that are passed from parents to their children by genes
malady
a sickness, disease, or disorder of some sort
perforated
pierced; having holes
antic
a stunt; trick
hygiene
practices, such as cleanliness, that promote good health
plausible
easily accepted
abyss
a very deep space
partisan
relating to or characteristic of support for a particular party, cause, person, or idea
vigilant
watchful; alert
mingle
to mix together
metropolitan
relating to or belonging to a large city
perpetrate
to commit or do something criminal
gauge
to measure exactly
insidious
working in a secretly harmful manner
access
the right or permission to enter or use
trite
not interesting because of overuse or repetition
incur
to get or come into something by one's own actions
alleviate
to relieve; to make easier to bear; lessen
industrializing
changing to an economy that relies on industry
precipice
a very steep cliff
imply
to suggest without being specific
commodity
something that can be bought or sold
quandary
a state of difficulty, uncertainty, or hesitation; predicament
verbose
wordy
strait
a narrow waterway that connects two larger bodies of water
obstacle
something that stands in the way
appropriate
suitable; proper
subsequent
following or happening later or as a result
financier
a person who takes part in financial matters involving large sums of money
audible
able to be heard
skeptical
full of doubt; suspicious
absorption
the process of taking something in or soaking it up
rupture
to break open; to burst
fluctuate
to change, vary, or waiver
dignify
to show respect toward
foreground
the area in a picture that is closest to a viewer
privilege
a special right, advantage, or benefit
experimental
used for testing; done in order to try something out
exhilarating
thrilling; stimulating
appetite
1. a desire for food 2. a desire or craving
revolutionize
to change greatly
uninhabited
without people; empty
inertia
the tendency to resist change or action
density
thickness; the amount of something in a given space
magnificence
great beauty
chronic
lasting a long time or coming back frequently
leniency
mercy; tolerance
ramification
one of many possible different results
impede
to slow down; delay; hinder
antiseptic
preventing infection by stopping the growth of germs
initiative
the lead, the first step
figurative
not literal but metaphorical
crisis
time of great danger or difficulty
dispel
to drive away or make disappear; scatter
typical
showing the special qualities or traits of a group, kind, or type
eliminate
to do away with; get rid of; remove
adamant
firm; not giving in easily
pursue
to chase after or keep at an activity
condense
to make shorter and to the point
archaeologist
a scientist who studies relics from the ancient past
carbohydrate
a food, sugar, or starch found in candy, rice, bread, and other foods
plausible
seemingly believable, true, or reasonable
blatant
very obvious
acquire
to get; obtain; gain
adjourn
to stop for a time
bewildering
causing confusion
fertile
good for growing plants or crops
immeasurable
too great to be measured
thwart
to prevent or block from doing or happening
inevitable
certain to happen; not able to be avoided
placid
calm; peaceful; quiet
maneuver
a skillful move
impossibility
something that cannot happen or be
coordination
smooth and skilled body movements
emancipate
to free from slavery, control, or restraint
contour
the outline; edge
melancholy
deep sadness; despair
hemisphere
one half of the globe
alliance
an agreement in which nations, organizations, groups
radiate
to branch out in different directions from the center
forfeit
to lose or have to give up as a penalty for some crime, fault, or mistake
kindergarten
a class for children four to six years of age that prepares them for elementary school
personnel
the group of people working together in a particular business, organization, or other place of employment
porous
full of very small holes
parallel
1. alike in many ways; similar 2. extending in the same direction, always the same distance apart, and not moving
plummet
to fall suddenly
prehistoric
happening before the time of recorded history
competent
able to do something with enough skill or ability
idyllic
simple, easy, peaceful, and charming
agonizing
causing great pain
indication
a sign
indispensable
necessary; essential
compensate
to make up for something else
automated
mechanical
portrayal
a description of something in the form of language or a picture
dormant
in a state of inactivity
incomprehensible
not able to be understood
intermediary
something or someone serving as a go-between
fortitude
strength in difficult and dangerous situations
concede
to admit as true, often without wanting to
installation
the way something is set up and prepared for use
ancient
1. very old 2. relating to or having to do with times long past
facility
a thing or place that provides a service or saves time and effort
bilingual
able to speak two languages well
deduct
to subtract or take away from
discretion
the power to decide for oneself
assurance
confidence; freedom from doubt
zenith
the point in the sky directly overhead
conscience
the ability to tell right from wrong
characteristic
typical; making a person, group, or thing different or distinct
adjacent
next to; near
concur
to have the same opinion; agree
implement
to put into action or effect; carry out
conception
1. the initial formation of a cell in the womb that is capable of developing into a baby; 2. an idea
convenience
the state of being suitable to one's needs or comfort
feasible
able to be done or carried out; possible
rescind
to make not legally valid; cancel; repeal
commemorate
honor the memory of
resilience
the power or ability to recover quickly or easily
curtail
to cut short; reduce; lessen
despite
in spite of
colleague
a fellow worker
jargon
the specialized language used in a certain job or profession
dredging
making a river deeper or wider by digging up sand and mud from the bottom
obvious
easily seen or understood
vital
very important
profusion
a great amount; abundance
inhabitant
a person who lives in a certain place
fatigue
tiredness resulting from hard work or great effort
treacherous
1. disloyal; deceitful 2. dangerous
sentiment
feeling
levy
to collect or charge
convey
to show; express
bizarre
very odd or strange
apparatus
a device or machine used for a particular purpose
homogeneous
made up of similar parts
amateur
a person who does something for pleasure rather than money
discriminate
1. to notice or tell a clear difference 2. to treat some people better than others without good reason or with an unfair reason
ascertain
to find out; to discover for certain
devastate
to ruin; destroy
spelunking
the exploration of caves
flexible
able to bend, adjust, or change easily
scrutiny
close examination; study
transmit
to send out
solstice
the two times each year that the son is farthest from the equator
ruse
a trick
adjoining
next to; nearby
contemporary
belonging to today; of the present time
mundane
common; ordinary; practical
attire
clothing
optimistic
hopeful that things will turn out the best possible way
duplicate
exactly like something else; a copy or double
perplexed
puzzled; confused
harness
to control in order to make use of
anthropology
the science that studies human cultures and ways of life
achievement
a remarkable act done successfully, especially with great or unusual effort or skill
glitch
an unexpected happening that causes a computer breakdown
franchise
a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
bravado
the display of seeming bravery; boastfulness
exceed
to go beyond a set amount
phenomenon
an event; especially one that is difficult to explain
mysterious
difficult to understand or explain
accommodate
to help; provide a service for
excavate
to dig up
exasperated
annoyed; irritated
discipline
1. the ability to use self-control 2. punishment used to correct or train
cumbersome
awkward to carry
vague
unclear; not definite
vie
to compete
diligent
done with great care and effort
benevolent
kind; well-meaning; generous
surmise
to guess with little or no evidence
picturesque
visually beautiful or charming, as in a picture
authorize
to give power to; to give the right to decide
seize
to take away or grab by force
coincidental
happening at the same time but only by chance
excursion
a short pleasure trip; an outing
stamina
the power to keep going while working hard; strength
adornments
decoration
stupendous
tremendous; astounding
frequency
the number of times
smoldering
burning with little or no flame
precise
clearly expressed; exact
hospitable
welcoming others in a friendly, generous, open-minded manner
arbitrary
based on chance or opinion rather than a particular rule, law, or reason
authentic
real; in agreement with fact
acclaim
recognition; approval
nomadic
wandering; having no fixed home
indescribable
not able to be described or put into words
scaffolding
platforms used for work in high places
chaotic
in a state of great confusion or disorder
emphasize
to give special importance to
utmost
of the greatest amount
deplete
to reduce or decrease the amount; use up
symmetry
an arrangement of parts in a mirror-like way
abide
to put up with; allow
proficient
able to do something well; skillful; expert
ignite
setting fire to something
aisle
a passageway for walking between counters in a store or rows of seats
exempt
to excuse from a requirement, rule, or duty
inoculate
to inject a substance, such as a vaccine or serum, that protects a person or animal against disease
recuperate
to get back health or strength; recover
interfere
to get or be in the way of something
inquiry
investigation; research
vacate
to move out; leave empty
overwhelm
to get the better of
perjury
the act of not telling the truth in court after promising to do so
brochure
a small pamphlet; booklet
involvement
the act of taking part
enzyme
a chemical in the body that breaks down food
trustee
a person who manages another's property

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