Letter A: 12th Grade Spelling Bee Words

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This post specifically covers 12th grade level words that start with the letter A. Lists for the other letters of the alphabet can be found in the main post here.

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12th Grade Spelling Bee Words that Start with the Letter A

aberration: a deviation from what is normal, typical, or expected

“The aberration in the data was so small that it could easily be attributed to random error.”

abet: to assist or encourage someone to do something wrong or illegal

“He was charged with abetting the escape of a convicted murderer.”

abhor: to dislike intensely or passionately; hate

“I abhor violence in any form.”

abject: miserable; pitiful; hopeless

“After losing his job, he became an abject drunkard and could be found passed out in doorways and alleyways.”

abjure: to renounce or reject solemnly; disavow

“She abjured her former beliefs and embraced the new religion.”

abrogate: to abolish or annul by authoritative action; do away with

“The new law abrogates the old one.”

abscond: to leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection or arrest

“He was accused of absconding with company funds.”

absolve: to free from blame or guilt; exonerate

“The jury absolved him of all charges.”

abstain: to choose not to do something or to refrain from doing something, especially as an act of self-denial

“I’m going to abstain from drinking for a month.”

abstemious: characterized by moderation or self-restraint, especially with regard to food and drink

“He was always abstemious, even when everyone else was indulging.”

abut: to border on; touch; adjoin

“The two countries abut each other.”

accede: to agree to a demand, request, or treaty

“The president acceded to the demands of the protesters.”

accession: the process of coming to power or taking office

“His accession to the throne was marked by great celebrations.”

acclivity: an upward slope or gradient

“The road ended in a steep acclivity.”

accolade: an expression of praise

“The novel has received accolades from critics and readers alike.”

acolyte: a young follower or assistant, especially of a priest in Christian worship

“She became an acolyte in the church at a very young age.”

admonish: to caution or advise against something

“I admonished him for talking back to his teacher.”

aesthetic: relating to beauty or good taste

“She has an eye for aesthetics and always knows what looks nice.”

affable: pleasantly easy to talk to; good-natured

“He’s one of the most affable people I’ve ever met.”

affected: behaving in an unnatural way in order to impress others

“She spoke in an affected voice that was clearly fake.”

affinity: a natural liking for and understanding of someone or something

“She has a great affinity for animals and plans to become a veterinarian.”

aggrandize: to make oneself appear better than one really is; boast

“He’s always aggrandizing himself and trying to make everyone like him.”

alacrity: eager and enthusiastic willingness

“I accepted the job offer with alacrity.”

amalgamate: to mix or blend together

“The two companies amalgamated to form a supercompany.”

ambiguous: open to more than one interpretation

“His statement was so ambiguous that I couldn’t tell if he was being serious or not.”

ameliorate: to make something better or improve

“Nothing could ameliorate the pain of losing my best friend.”

amiable: generally likable or enjoyable

“She’s always so amiable, it’s hard not to like her.”

antebellum: relating to the period before a war, typically the American Civil War

“The house is an antebellum mansion that was built in 1820.”

antediluvian: extremely old-fashioned or outdated

“His ideas about dating are antediluvian and need to be modernized.”

apathy: lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting; indifference

“The apathy of the voters was evident in the low turnout on election day.”

apiary: a place where bees are kept

“He keeps an apiary in his backyard and sells honey at the farmer’s market.”

aplomb: self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a challenging situation

“She answered the difficult question with aplomb.”

appease: to make (someone) less angry or upset

“I tried to appease her by buying her flowers, but it didn’t work.”

apprise: to inform someone of something

“Please apprise me of any changes to the schedule.”

approbation: official approval

“The project received approbation from the city council.”

apropos: appropriate to the situation

“That’s a bit apropos of nothing, don’t you think?”

arbiter: a person with the power to decide an issue or make a binding judgment

“The arbiter of the dispute was unable to reach a decision.”

archipelago: a group of islands

“The Hawaiian Islands are an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean.”

arrant: complete; utter

“That is an arrant lie and you know it!”

ascetic: practicing self-denial as a spiritual discipline

“He lives an ascetic lifestyle and has very few possessions.”

assuage: to make (something) less intense or severe

“The medication only assuaged the pain, it didn’t cure the illness.”

attenuate: to make (something) weaker or less intense

“The flu virus is highly attenuated by the time it’s injected into a vaccine.”

audacious: daring and fearless; adventurous

“It was audacious of him to try to climb the mountain without any gear.”

augur: to be a sign of (something bad); foreshadow

“The dark clouds augured a storm.”

aurora: a natural light display in the sky (northern lights)

“We went outside to watch the aurora borealis but didn’t see anything.”

austere: severe or strict in manner or appearance; unadorned

“The austere conditions in the prison were hard to adjust to.”

avarice: greediness for wealth or possessions

“His avarice is so great that he’s willing to do anything for money.”

aver: to state or affirm as true

“I aver that I am innocent of the charges against me.”

axiom: a self-evident truth that requires no proof

“One of my favorite axioms is ‘actions speak louder than words.'”

azure: a bright blue color

“The azure sky was clear and cloudless.”

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