Set #3: 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know

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abstemious

Eating and drinking in moderation; characterized by abstinence or moderation

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Belie

To misrepresent; to contradict

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Chromosome

A strand of DNA in the nucleus that carries genes (hereditary information)

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Deciduous

Shedding or losing foliage at the end of the growing season; falling off or shedding

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Enfranchise

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially to vote

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Evanescent

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor

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Feckless

Lacking purpose; ineffective or feeble; careless; irresponsible

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Gauche

Lacking grace; awkward or tactless

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Homogeneous

Uniform in structure or composition; of the same or similar nature or kind

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Incognito

One’s identity is disguised or concealed

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Interpolate

To insert into a text or a conversation; in math – to estimate a value between two known values

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Kowtow

To kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in respect or worship; to show servile deference

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Lugubrious

Exaggerated gloominess or mournfulness

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Nanotechnology

The science of building devices from atoms and molecules

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Notarize

To certify a signature as a notary of the public

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Orthography

The study of correct spelling; the letters and sequences in words

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Parameter

Math: a constant in an equation; a limit or boundary

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Plasma

Clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood; blood from which all cells are removed & used in transfusion

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Quotidian

Commonplace or ordinary; everyday experiences

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Respiration

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing

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Suffragist

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women

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Tectonic

The forces involved in forming the geological features, such as mountains, continents, and oceans; the process of plate tectonics, such as a mountain building, are tectonic events

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Unctuous

Exaggerated, or insincere earnestness; having the quality or characteristics of oil or ointment; slippery

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Vortex

A spiral motion of fluid, especially a whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it to its center

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Yeoman

An attendant, servant, or lesser official in a royal or noble household

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