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Spelling Bee 2013, Word List 2

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, 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.


poised. Marked by easy composure of manner or bearing. “The poised skater performed her routine with great precision and self-assurance.”

furiously. In an impassioned manner: angrily. “The soldiers furiously pursued the raiders but could not catch them.”

badgers. Any of certain strong sturdily-built carnivorous mammals. “Ivar always said that the badgers had cleaner houses than people, and that when he hired a housekeeper her name would be Mrs. Badger.”

solarium. A glass-enclosed porch or living room. “Lacey moved her sunlight-starved fern from her bedroom to the solarium.”

cavalcade. A procession of riders or carriages. “The king headed up the cavalcade proceeding toward the Duke of Parma.”

horizontal. Placed or operating in a plane parallel to the horizon. “Lori wore a sweater with red and blue horizontal stripes.”

despair. Utter loss of hope. “Despair overcame Gerald as he stared at his French exam.”

dromedary. A camel of unusual speed, bred and trained especially for riding, and having a single large hump on the back. “Camel rides at the zoo featured a dromedary.”

exploit. Deed, act. “Sarah’s first exploit in baking resulted in a burned pie and charred juice in the oven.”

tattletale. One that blabs or tells secrets. “Erica’s official title is ‘social reporter,’ but Will considers her a plain old tattletale.”

candlelight. The light of a candle. “C. J. sat by candlelight in his study and thought about the last eight years of his life.”

molecule. A tiny bit: fragment, fraction. “Every tone is a molecule of music.”

ponderous. Unwieldy or clumsy because of weight and size. “Roy could barely lift the ponderous ancient weapon.”

titanic. Colossal, gigantic. “World War II brought political change on a titanic scale to Europe.”

appalling. Inspiring dismay: shocking. “There was something about the night that was mysterious and appalling.”

askance. With a side look: sideways, obliquely. “Juan’s cat has a habit of looking askance at a toy for a long while before pouncing on it.”

cumbersome. Of an excessive size, shape, or length: unwieldy. “Emrick dragged his cumbersome duffel bag by its strap.”

simile. A figure of speech comparing two essentially unlike things and often introduced by “like” or “as.” “Kermit has a pet chicken and knows firsthand what the simile ‘as scarce as hens’ teeth’ means.”

delicacy. Something pleasing to eat that is accounted rare or luxurious. “Caviar is considered a delicacy.”

obvious. Readily and easily perceived by the sensibilities or mind. “’We’re moving!’ he shouted, which was a fact that had already become obvious to everyone.”

bevy. An usually large group or collection. “A bevy of reporters crowded around the gold medal winner.”

pathetic. Evoking tenderness, pity, sympathy, or sorrow: affecting, pitiable. “Riding on the back of anyone who’d carry him was the Threadbare Excuse, a small pathetic figure whose clothes were worn and tattered and who mumbled the same things again and again.”

feud. A relationship of aggressive hostility: quarrel. “A feud over the property boundaries developed between the two families.”

hoarseness. The quality or state of having a rough-sounding voice. “Paul’s remedy for hoarseness is hot water with lemon.”

contraband. Goods or merchandise of which the importation, exportation, or sometimes possession is forbidden. “On the teacher’s desk sat the contraband taken from students during the day.”

flaunting. Seeking to attract attention especially by appearing or acting brash and brazen. “During the party Terry seemed to be flaunting his ability to play piano.”

possessed. Influenced or controlled by something (as an evil spirit or a passion). “During the race the winning horse ran as if he were possessed by a demon.”

demure. Marked by quiet modesty, sedate reserve, restraint, or sobriety: retiring, shy. “Sondra’s classmates mistook her demure conduct for standoffishness.”

rebuttal. The act of contradicting. “Dennis’s convincing rebuttal sent Oscar home in a huff.”

amendment. The process of changing or modifying in any way for the better (as a motion, bill, act, or constitution). “A well-drafted constitution will provide for its own amendment.”

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