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Spelling Bee 2013, Word List 11

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, www.nrtoday.com by entering ‘Spelling Bee’ into the search field or by entering www.nrtoday.com/spellingbee directly into your web browser. The last word list will be published Feb. 11.

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.


bribery. The act of influencing the action of another by a reward, gift or favor bestowed or promised. “Though they might not admit it, most parents occasionally use bribery to make their young children behave.”

anthology. A usually representative collection of selected literary pieces or passages. “John hopes to find ‘The Raven’ in his mom’s anthology of American literature.”

salvo. A sudden eruption or explosion (as of laughter, cheers or handclaps). “When the villain met with doom after an intense struggle, the movie theater was filled with a salvo of applause.”

dominant. Commanding, controlling or having supremacy or ascendancy over all others by reason of superior strength or power. “The king’s forces proved dominant after a short battle.”

competitive. Of or relating to a contest between rivals. “The competitive spirit of the two musicians rings loud and clear when they play the tune ‘Dueling Banjos.’”

decorum. Propriety and good taste especially in conduct, manners or appearance: correctness. “Alison’s behavior did not reflect the decorum expected of someone with her aristocratic upbringing.”

enterprising. Characterized by a bold daring energetic spirit or by independence or originality of thought: ready to undertake or experiment. “An enterprising thinker, Emma was a valuable member of her school’s Future Problem Solving team.”

humus. The organic portion of soil. “Mario’s compost heap provides an annual supply of humus for his garden.”

apologetic. Regretfully excusing or acknowledging. “Segal’s face was so apologetic that his teacher could not be angry at him.”

emblazon. Set off conspicuously (as by rich or brilliant decorations). “Andrea asked the seamstress to emblazon the sweater with flowered embroidery.”

capitulate. Surrender, often according to terms agreed on. “Tony’s friends will never let him forget the day he had to capitulate when he arm-wrestled Sarah.”

personify. Be the embodiment of. “Zoltan strove to personify the perfect Boy Scout.”

levity. Excessive or unseemly frivolity: lack of fitting seriousness. “Taylor views the tossing of mortarboards at commencement as levity unbecoming to the institution.”

divergent. Differing from each other or from a standard deviating. “Hannah’s ability to reconcile divergent opinions makes her a master of compromise.”

sensibility. Awareness of and responsive feeling toward something (as emotion in another). “Joanne’s natural sensibility plus her trustworthiness make her the perfect confidante.”

clamorous. Marked by din or outcry: noisy. “The clamorous ovation brought the director back on-stage for an encore performance.”

audacity. Daring boldness with assurance, presumption or open disdain of restraint. “Any player who has the audacity to spit at an official will be suspended from the game.”

verbosity. The excessive use of words. “Because Janna had a penchant for verbosity, her essays were twice as long as those of her classmates.”

contrivance. Artificial arrangement or mechanical assembling as opposed to natural or logical development. “At times in Patrick’s story, contrivance is obvious and so are upcoming events.”

eavesdropper. One who listens secretly to what is said in private. “An eavesdropper often misinterprets what is overheard.”

conciliatory. Tending to win over from a state of hostility or distrust: mollifying. “None off Nathan’s conciliatory gestures gained Joel’s forgiveness.”

pulverized. Destroyed by or as if by smashing into fragments: disintegrated, demolished. “The nightly news began with footage of beach homes pulverized by Hurricane Fran.”

depravity. The quality or state of being marked by debasement, corruption, perversion or deterioration. “The inherent depravity of man was a major doctrine of the Puritan religion.”

talisman. An object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune. “Vern showed us his rabbit’s foot, which he claimed was an effective talisman.”

liturgical. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of ceremonial or ritualistic worship. “The priest donned his liturgical vestments before the mass.”

monotheism. The doctrine or belief that there is but one God. “Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share the concept of monotheism.”

alacrity. Cheerful readiness, eagerness. “Dr. Cameron’s students always enter his class with alacrity and depart with reluctance.”

acrylics. Paints in which the vehicle is a glasslike thermoplastic. “Judy enjoys going to the art supply store and shopping for new tubes of acrylics.”

analgesic. An agent for producing insensitivity to pain without loss of consciousness. “Marge prefers aspirin as an analgesic for headaches.”

bicentennial. A 200th anniversary or its celebration. “Bargersville will celebrate the bicentennial of its founding next year.”

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