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Spelling Bee word lists 6, 7, and 8

The News-Review will sponsor a Douglas County Spelling Bee on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Wildlife Safari in Winston.

Words will appear each Monday on the Schools Page. The word lists can also be accessed at our website, by entering ‘Spelling Bee’ into the search field or by entering directly into your web browser. The last word list will be published Feb. 11, 2013.

The County Spelling Bee Champion will go home with a trophy and a new computer system. Trophies and other prizes will also be awarded to the First, Second and Third place winners.

All public school, private school, and home-school students in the fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate. Students wishing to enter elimination rounds in their district must sign up with their school’s spelling bee coordinator.


proprieties. The customs and manners of polite society, conventionally correct behavior. “Not one to bother with proprieties, Luke is considered by most people to be downright rude.”

exception. The act of excluding or omitting. “They’re usually open to the public only on Mondays from two to four, but since you’ve traveled so far, we’ll have to make an exception.”

gluttonously. In a manner marked by excess in eating and drinking especially when habitual. “After eating gluttonously, Jack took a short nap on the couch.”

spaghetti. A pasta made in solid strings of small diameter but larger than vermicelli. “The specialty of the restaurant was spaghetti with meat sauce.”

myth. A traditional story that is usually of unknown origin and that serves to explain some practice, belief, institution, or natural phenomenon. “The Greek myth about Persephone explains the coming of winter weather.”

marmot. A stout-bodied short-legged rodent that has coarse fur, a short bushy tail and very small ears, lives in burrows, and hibernates in winter. “When sensing danger, the marmot sits upright and gives an alarm whistle.”

topography. The art or practice of graphic delineation in detail usually on maps or charts, especially in a way to show their relative positions and elevations. “Identifying the enemy’s rocket sites will require an expert in topography.”

nutritiously. In a manner that promotes growth and development. “Judging from the kinds of foods that George likes, it is not going to be easy to get him to eat nutritiously.”

mischief. Action or conduct that annoys or irritates without causing or meaning to cause serious harm. “Hearing the puppy’s thumping and barking, Erica went to investigate the mischief he was creating.”

pendentive. Any supporting member at the corner of a square or polygonal plan for making the transition to a circular or octagonal plan. “The ingenious pendentive attracted the attention of the architectural historian.”

fiasco. A bulbous long-necked straw-covered bottle for wine. “On each table, a fiasco served as a candle holder.”

pachyderm. One of a group of thick-skinned mammals: an elephant or rhinoceros. “When the circus came to town, it usually featured at least one pachyderm.”

gaunt. Thin and angular. “On a high podium in front stood the conductor, a tall, gaunt man with dark deep-set eyes.”

envisage. Have a mental picture of in advance of realization. “Benjamin could scarcely envisage the scale of the project, so he broke it down into smaller, more manageable units.”

obdurate. Resistant to persuasion or softening influences, unyielding. “Fritz is maintaining an obdurate opposition to the new highway bypass.”

verbatim. Word for word; in the same words. “Marcelle can recite the entire Gettysburg Address verbatim.”

legitimately. According to law or rules. “Mabel legitimately owned the automobile, even though she couldn’t locate her title or registration.”

porcupine. Any of various relatively large rodents having stiff sharp erectile bristles mingled with the hair. “The yelping dog’s snout was covered with quills from a porcupine.”

noticeable. Likely to attract attention, conspicuous. “The only really noticeable things about him were his tiny mustache and his enormous ears, each of which was fully as large as his head.”

cumbrous. Giving trouble, vexatious. “A swarm of cumbrous gnats followed the hikers all day long.”

inapplicable. Not adapted, not suitable. “The name Brutus was inapplicable to the small dog.”

precipitated. Caused to move or act very rapidly. “The completion of the railroad precipitated the demise of waterborne transport.”

taciturnity. The quality or state of being disinclined or reluctant to talk or converse. “Gene and Leo’s taciturnity about the cause of the scuffle resulted in a trip to the principal’s office.”

pungent. Causing a sharp sensation: pricking, irritating, acrid. “The pungent odor of wet dog sent the guests out for fresh air.”

declivate. Inclining downward, sloping. “Mary Ann slid down the declivate roof of the playhouse.”

solfatara. A volcanic area or vent that yields sulfur gases and hot vapors and represents a late stage of volcanic activity. “Harry noticed a rotten-egg odor coming from a solfatara on the north side of the previously inactive volcano.”

diffraction. A modification which light undergoes in passing by the edges of opaque bodies or through narrow slits in which the rays appear to be deflected and produce fringes of parallel light and dark or colored bands. “One consequence of diffraction is that sharp shadows are not produced.”

stupendous. Of amazing size or greatness. “The construction of Khufu’s pyramid was a stupendous accomplishment for the ancient Egyptians.”

indisputable. That is beyond argument, unquestionable. “Geraldo considered the result of his experiment indisputable.”

olfactometry. The testing and measurement of the sensitivity of the sense of smell. “When Godfrey couldn’t smell any aromas from foods, his doctor recommended that he undergo olfactometry.”


distal. Located away from the center of the body. “The professor asked the students to identify the distal and proximal ends of several bones.”

rumormonger. One who spreads unconfirmed pieces of information. “If Alfonso doesn’t learn to hold his tongue, he’s going to earn a reputation as a rumormonger.”

oppressive. Overpowering or depressing to the spirit or senses. “The troops battled the oppressive heat by drinking large amounts of water.”

innovation. The introduction of something new. “The people of the small village were suspicious of all innovation.”

competency. The quality or state of being functionally adequate. “The prospective student questioned the competency of the professor.”

countenance. The expressive appearance of one’s face: look, expression. “The department store Santa’s countenance set Loretta at ease.”

tapir. Any of a genus of chiefly nocturnal hoofed mammals of tropical America and Myanmar to Sumatra that have the snout and upper lip prolonged into a short flexible proboscis. “The tapir is both a browser and a grazer, feeding on leaves, twigs, and fruits, as well as on grasses.”

savorous. Pleasurable to the taste, flavorful. “Mabel prepared a savorous Thanksgiving dinner for her family.”

stratose. Arranged in layers. “The stratose limestone was quite visible where the hillside had been cut during highway construction.”

billowy. Characterized by rolling or swelling surges. “The warm sun and billowy breezes dried them as they went.”

chivalrous. Marked by special courtesy and high-minded disinterested consideration to women. “Chivalrous behaviors of previous generations are less common in today’s atmosphere of equal rights for women.”

redoubtable. Inspiring awe or reverence: august, eminent. “Mount Rushmore is a fitting memorial to four redoubtable statesmen.”

ludicrous. Meriting derisive laughter or scorn, absurd. “The jury was instructed to disregard the ludicrous remarks made by the defendant.”

adamantine. Rigidly firm, unyielding. “Debra’s adamantine chain of logic bedazzled her philosophy professor.”

forensics. The art or study of argumentative discourse, debate. “Tara is captain of the forensics team at her high school.”

anticlimax. The usually sudden transition in writing from a significant idea to one trivial by comparison. “Dickens disliked the stupendous silliness of three stanzas with an anticlimax at the end of each.”

credulity. Belief or readiness of belief especially on slight or uncertain evidence. “Marco’s personality was a strange mixture of shrewdness and credulity.”

hypertension. Abnormally high arterial blood pressure. “Doctors recommend reducing salt intake for patients with hypertension.”

argumentative. Given to or fond of disagreement: contentious. “Jill is so argumentative that no one likes to sit beside her on the bus.”

grievous. Causing, characterized by, or indicative of severe physical pain or suffering. “Jason screamed as if the scratch on his leg were a grievous wound.”

analogy. A figure of speech involving an extended or elaborate comparison between two things or situations. “Hugo used an analogy to illustrate his point, but no one understood the analogy either.”

raspberry. Any of various usually black or red sweet juicy edible berries. “The raspberry is highly prized for making jams and preserves.”

recommended. Advised, counseled. “’Now step up! Now step up!’ he recommended.”

wretched. Squalid, dismal, foul. “After the flood, the whole neighborhood looked wretched.”

pitiless. Devoid of or unmoved by compassion. “The pitiless tornado bore onward, ripping up everything in its path.”

capitatim. Levied or granted at so much per head. “Collecting an affordable capitatim fee for civic pool use will not cover operating costs.”

altigraph. An instrument that measures height and is equipped with a recording mechanism. “Nora stored the readings of the altigraph in a folder in her backpack.”

mesomorph. An intermediate or average type of human body. “Students classified the mummy as a mesomorph.”

exterminated. Gotten rid of, eliminated. “The Grubes have exterminated the rats in the cellar with rat poison.”

disentangle. Straighten out, unravel. “Mrs. Luce helped David disentangle the strands of the plot in ‘Hamlet.’”


harried. Kept under constant attack or threat of attack, harassed. “A mosquito harried Charlie as he tried to sleep.”

globular. Round like a ball, spherical. “A globular lamp hung from the center of the ceiling in Gretchen’s dining room.

flourishes. Ostentations in the performance of something often intended to call forth or fix attention or admiration. “The five cabinet members then rolled up the large parchment and, with many bows and flourishes, retired.”

opacity. The quality or state of a body that renders it impervious to the rays of light; lack of transparency or translucency. “The envelope’s opacity made it impossible for Garnet to see if there was a check inside.”

revelry. Boisterous merrymaking. “The revelry at campaign headquarters began after the arrival of the winning candidate.”

canard. An airplane having the horizontal stabilizing and control surfaces in front of the main supporting surfaces. “Tommy wants his next model airplane to be a canard.”

mourning. Feeling sorrow or grief for. “Jacob was mourning the loss of his turtle until a neighbor found it and returned it to him.”

horologist. A maker of clocks or watches. “After working as a watch repairman for seven years, Matt decided to become a full-fledged horologist.”

monotonous. Having no change or variety; wearisomely uniform. “The sky became quite gray and the whole countryside seemed to lose its color and assume the same monotonous tone.”

bandalore. A toy with an automatically winding cord by which it is brought back to the hand when thrown. “Jeffrey brought a bandalore for show-and-tell.”

bustling. Given to or full of noisy or energetic activity. “As they strolled along the bustling and busy avenue, he began.”

autonomy. The quality or state of being independent, free and self-directing. “After years of fighting the colonial government, the island was finally granted autonomy.”

apostrophe. A mark used to indicate omission of one or more letters or figures or to mark the possessive case of English nouns. “Use of the apostrophe when forming plural nouns is a common punctuation error.”

heifer. A young cow. “This year’s blue-ribbon heifer belongs to Mrs. Cates.”

hysteria. Conduct or an outbreak of conduct exhibiting unmanageable fear or emotional excess. “Hysteria overcame the defendant when the guilty verdict was announced.”

caribou. Any of several large deer of northern North America. “While in Montana, Jill photographed a caribou silhouetted on a high ridge.”

melancholy. Depressed in spirits, mournful. “The melancholy chirp of a cricket was the only sign of life near him.”

calico. Any of various cheap cotton fabrics with figured patterns. “Molly’s dress was made of a bold orange and yellow checked calico.”

impervious. Not allowing entrance or passage through; impenetrable. “Ted covered the woodpile with a tarp impervious to water.”

superstitious. Having or based on a belief, conception, act, or practice resulting from ignorance, unreasoning fear of the unknown, or a false conception of causation. “The bridge became more than ever an object of superstitious awe.”

extraordinarily. In a manner beyond what is usual, regular, common, or customary. “Dr. Miller told us that Brutus was extraordinarily frisky this morning.”

herbarium. A room, building, or institution housing a collection of dried plant specimens. “Jackson was looking forward to visiting the herbarium while on vacation.”

ruminate. Muse upon, contemplate repeatedly. “Luke likes to ruminate in the backyard while chewing on a stem of grass.”

precibal. Occurring before meals. “The host graciously proposed a precibal toast to the guest of honor.”

effusive. Expressing or marked by unrestrained emotion; unduly demonstrative. “’Is this the right road?’ asked Milo, a little bowled over by the effusive greeting.”

prevaricate. Deviate from the truth, speak equivocally or evasively; lie. “Emmy tends to prevaricate whenever the teacher questions her behavior.”

enumerated. Related one after another; listed. “When the waiter had enumerated the dessert choices, making a single selection was difficult.”

erudition. An extensive knowledge acquired chiefly from books. “The schoolmaster was esteemed as a man of great erudition.”

perjury. The voluntary violation of an oath. “One thing is certain after the testimony: Either Mr. Jakes or Mr. Cleveland has committed perjury.”

malediction. Curse, execration. “The villain’s last words were a malediction on the entire royal family.”

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