100 words every h.s graduate should know

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15 terms · BOSTON, MA — The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know. "The words we suggest," says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, "are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measurethemselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language."

abjure

verb
to reject

abrogate

verb
put an end to

abstemious

adjective
restraining behavior or appetite

acumen

noun
ability to understand and reason

antebellum

adjective
before the war

auspicious

adjective
encouraging; favorable

belie

verb
disprove-

bellicose

adjective
belligerent-nasty; argumentative

bowdlerize

verb
censor, cut

chromosome

noun
DNA

churlish

adjective
crude, boorish

circumlocution

noun
indirect speech

circumnavigate

verb
go around

deciduous

adjective
not around for long

diffident

adjective
hesitant; unconfident

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