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Spelling Bee 2013, Word List 12

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.

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.


ligament. A tough band of tissue that serves to connect the articular extremities of bones. “Juanita is recovering from a tom ligament sustained in a rock-climbing accident.”

yieldable. Capable of giving way. “The engineer experimented with a more yieldable material for the car’s bumper.”

palpable. Easily perceptible by the mind: obvious, manifest. “The injustice of the situation was palpable to even the least fair-minded individual present.”

consensus. General agreement. “The Booster Club’s consensus was that popcorn would sell better than cotton candy.”

filial. Befitting a child in relation to his or her parents. “During adolescence, many children feel uncomfortable demonstrating filial love in public.”

governance. Controlling or directing influence: authority. “Amelia dislikes whatever does not yield to her governance.”

unequivocal. Expressing only one meaning: leading to only one conclusion: clear, unambiguous. “Father’s instructions were unequivocal: Be in bed by ten o’ clock sharp.”

fatuous. Marked by want of intelligence and rational consideration. “Lenny characterized Nester’s attempts to build a perpetual motion machine as fatuous.”

noncombatant. Not usually engaged in or assigned to duties that directly forward conflict or controversy. “The red cross on the side of the panel truck signaled that it was a noncombatant vehicle.”

seminary. An institution for the training of candidates for the priesthood, ministry, or rabbinate. “The pulpit committee’s firs choice is a young person who has just completed seminary.”

indiscriminate. Not evidencing discernment. “No one knows if the V-chip can successfully halt indiscriminate viewing of television programming.”

commemorate. Mark by some ceremony or observation: celebrate. “Mrs. O’Hara’s students wore shamrocks to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day.”

torridity. The quality or state of being parched with heat especially of the sun. “Only nightfall brought relief from the oppressive torridity.”

matriarch. A woman who rules over her immediate family or a larger group of descendants. “The family plans to hold a gala celebration on the 90th birthday of its matriarch.”

adjutant. A staff officer acting as a general assistant to the commanding officer. “The general relied on his adjutant for vital tactical information.”

oblate. Flattened or depressed at the poles. “The Earth, though usually described as a sphere, is actually an oblate spheroid.”

roulette. A gambling game in which players bet on which compartment of a revolving wheel a small ball spun in the opposite direction will come to rest in. “Bonita spent the whole time on the riverboat playing roulette.”

covenant. An agreement that is usually formal, solemn, and intended as binding. “Sol made a covenant with his father to carry on the family business.”

luncheonette. A place where light lunches are sold. “After playing racquetball, Jaime stopped at the luncheonette for a sandwich.”

rebarbative. Serving or tending to repel or irritate. “Teresa complained that she found the school play rebarbative.”

memorabilia. Things remarkable and worthy of remembrance or record. “In the hall of fame were memorabilia tracing the history of basketball from its beginning in 1891.”

phenomenally. In an extraordinary or remarkable way. “In the last decade, interest in computers has grown phenomenally.”

monofilament. A single untwisted synthetic fiber (as of nylon) made in varying diameters for use in textiles, hosiery, and screens or as bristles, fishing lines, and sutures. “Sylvia used monofilament to hang the crystal in the window.”

paroxysmal. Marked or accompanied by sudden attacks or spasms (as of a disease). “Mike’s whooping cough was treated with antibiotics in its early paroxysmal state.”

decennial. Occurring or being done every 10 years. “In the year 2000 the government will again conduct the decennial census-taking.”

emancipatory. Designed or tending to free from restraint, control, or the power of another. “In 1865 Congress ratified the emancipatory amendment abolishing slavery in the United States.”

acculturation. A process of intercultural borrowing marked by the continuous transmission of traits and elements between diverse peoples and resulting in new and blended patterns. “The Spanish conquest of Mexico was followed by a period of acculturation.”

multipotent. Having power to do many things. “Researchers are experimenting with multipotent drugs to fight cancer.”

unmanacle. Free from handcuffs. “The judge ordered the guard to unmanacle the defendant in the courtroom.”

restitutory. Of, relating to, or aiming at the restoration of something to its rightful owner. “The judge’s verdict included restitutory as well as punitive features.”

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