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100 words every h.s graduate should know

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."
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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