100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know

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The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know.

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  1. 51.
    lugubrious

  2. 52.
    metamorphosis

  3. 53.
    mitosis

  4. 54.
    moiety
    by an indefinite portion, part, or share

  5. 55.
    nanotechnology

  6. 56.
    nihilism

  7. 57.
    nomenclature

  8. 58.
    nonsectarian

  9. 59.
    notarize

  10. 60.
    obsequious

  11. 61.
    oligarchy

  12. 62.
    omnipotent

  13. 63.
    orthography

  14. 64.
    oxidize

  15. 65.
    parabola

  16. 66.
    paradigm

  17. 67.
    parameter

  18. 68.
    pecuniary

  19. 69.
    photosynthesis

  20. 70.
    plagiarize

  21. 71.
    plasma

  22. 72.
    polymer

  23. 73.
    precipitous

  24. 74.
    quasar

  25. 75.
    quotidian
    by usual or customary; everyday

  26. 76.
    recapitulate

  27. 77.
    reciprocal

  28. 78.
    reparation

  29. 79.
    respiration

  30. 80.
    sanguine

  31. 81.
    soliloquy

  32. 82.
    subjugate

  33. 83.
    suffragist

  34. 84.
    supercilious

  35. 85.
    tautology

  36. 86.
    taxonomy

  37. 87.
    tectonic

  38. 88.
    tempestuous

  39. 89.
    thermodynamics

  40. 90.
    totalitarian

  41. 91.
    unctuous

  42. 92.
    usurp

  43. 93.
    vacuous

  44. 94.
    vehement

  45. 95.
    vortex

  46. 96.
    winnow

  47. 97.
    wrought

  48. 98.
    xenophobe

  49. 99.
    yeoman

  50. 100.
    ziggurat

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3 more to go — 6 years ago

I sort of attached myself to this list even though I know I’ll likely use none of these words in daily conversation. I love languages, so I suppose that was part of the draw for me. I’m down to “tautology”, “taxonomy”, and “unctious”. Have those written down to memorize tonight and then I’m done! I’m really just excited to finish a list with more than 10 things on it.


Well... — 6 years ago

I’ve got a year left, and I got a 51% with a few more that I’m 40-50% sure on. Looks like, come graduation, I should be in good shape if I keep my eye on this list.


how embarrassing — 6 years ago

I’m a 3rd year Journalism and Political Science student at university…

I couldn’t even make 50 per cent!

I’m going to set this as a personal challenge to myself to learn all these words in two months time.


I'm a freshmen — 7 years ago

I believe =0 is the appropriate response. I know none of those words, so I better get started.


Untitled — 7 years ago

Yay. I like vocabulary words. 93% and I haven’t graduated high school yet. And most of these words ARE useful. Maybe not in conversation, but in literature and science certainly. Just sayin. :)


I knew most of these words — 7 years ago

And I won’t check off any more until I use them in a sentence, but the ones I do know I have found reason to use, on a fairly regular basis. I don’t mean to be pretentious, but my family is very blue-stocking. .


... — 7 years ago

Holy shit, I didn’t even know that half of these words existed :| :S


... — 7 years ago

Holy shit, I didn’t even know that half of these words existed :| :S


this is stupid — 7 years ago

you should spend your time learning a new language instead of words youll never need to know, kowtow? well it just took me 2 seconds to look it up and guess what? Ill never use it again. Nor would any one know what the hell I was talking about if I did.


oh well — 7 years ago

I suck here… but I’m not a native speaker, so this list will remind me of looking up words from time to time to improve my English. Good work.



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