Vocabulary Lists for College-Bound High School Students

100 Words A High School Freshman Should Know

99 Words A High School Freshman Should Know

These are the words from the American Heritage Dictionary editors'
"100 Words A High School Freshman Should Know."
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100 Words A High School Freshman Should Know

These are the words from the American Heritage Dictionary editors'
"100 Words A High School Freshman Should Know."

001 accentuate stress or single out as important

002 alliteration use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word

003 analogy drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity

004 antibody a protein that produces an immune response

005 aspire have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

006 bamboozle conceal one's true motives from

007 bizarre conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

008 boisterous full of rough and exuberant animal spirits

009 boycott refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization

010 camouflage an outward semblance misrepresenting the nature of something

011 chronology an arrangement of events in time

012 commemorate call to remembrance

013 cower crouch or curl up

014 decorum propriety in manners and conduct

015 deduction the act of removing a part from the whole

016 deign do something that one considers to be below one's dignity

017 despondent without or almost without hope

018 dialogue a conversation between two persons

019 divulge make known to the public information previously kept secret

020 eclectic selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

021 ellipse a closed plane curve with an oval shape

022 embargo a government order imposing a trade barrier

023 enthusiastic having or showing great excitement and interest

024 exponent notation of how many times to multiply a quantity by itself

025 exult feel extreme happiness or elation

026 fallacy a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning

027 flourish grow vigorously

028 formidable extremely impressive in strength or excellence

029 gargoyle an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure

030 guerrilla a member of an irregular army that fights a stronger force

031 guru a Hindu or Buddhist religious leader and spiritual teacher

032 heritage that which is inherited

033 hieroglyphic a writing system using picture symbols

034 hologram a photograph for reproducing a three-dimensional image

035 hypocrisy pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not have

036 immune of the condition in which an organism can resist disease

037 impertinent improperly forward or bold

038 inference drawing a conclusion on the basis of circumstantial evidence

039 introspection contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct

040 jaunty having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air

041 jovial full of or showing high-spirited merriment

042 kilometer a metric unit of length equal to 1000 meters

043 labyrinth complex system of paths in which it is easy to get lost

044 laconic brief and to the point

045 lichen a plant occurring in crusty patches on tree trunks or rocks

046 light-year the distance that light travels in a vacuum in 1 year

047 maneuver a military training exercise

048 marsupial a mammal the female of which has a pouch carrying the young

049 metaphor a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity

050 mosaic design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass

051 mutation a change or alteration in form or qualities

052 nebula an immense cloud of gas and dust in interstellar space

053 nocturnal belonging to or active during the night

054 nuisance anything that disturbs, endangers life, or is offensive

055 omnivore an animal that feeds on both animal and vegetable substances

056 outrageous greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

057 ozone a colorless gas that is a screen for ultraviolet radiation

058 parasite an animal or plant that lives in or on a host

059 participle a form of the verb used as an adjective

060 phloem plant tissue that conducts synthesized food substances

061 polygon a closed plane figure bounded by straight sides

062 protagonist the principal character in a work of fiction

063 pulverize make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust

064 quandary state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options

065 quarantine isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease

066 quota a prescribed number

067 rainforest a densely wooded tropical area with heavy precipitation

068 random lacking any definite plan or order or purpose

069 recede pull back or move away or backward

070 Renaissance period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages

071 renegade someone who rebels and becomes an outlaw

072 repose freedom from activity

073 sacrifice the act of killing in order to appease a deity

074 silhouette a filled-in drawing of the outline of an object

075 solstice when the sun is at its greatest distance from the equator

076 spectrum a broad range of related objects, values, or qualities

077 stereotype a conventional or formulaic conception or image

078 strategy an elaborate and systematic plan of action

079 suffrage a legal right to vote

080 symbiosis the relation between two interdependent species of organisms

081 tariff a government tax on imports or exports

082 technique a practical method or art applied to some particular task

083 tempo the speed at which a composition is to be played

084 toxin a poisonous substance produced organically

085 tranquility an untroubled state that is free from disturbances

086 tumult a state of commotion and noise and confusion

087 tundra a vast treeless plain where subsoil is permanently frozen

088 ultraviolet having wavelengths shorter than light but longer than X-rays

089 unanimous in complete agreement

090 undulate move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion

091 vaccine injection of weakened or dead microbes to create antibodies

092 vacillate be undecided about something

093 vertebrate animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton

094 virtuoso someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

095 voracious devouring or craving food in great quantities

096 wretched deserving or inciting pity

097 xylem plant tissue that conducts water and dissolved nutrients

098 yacht an expensive vessel propelled by sail or power

099 zoology the branch of biology that studies animals


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