Senior year of high school — especially the first semester — is quite a busy time for teens and parents. While you may hesitate to add anything more to your family’s plate at this time, you may want to make room for this list of 12th grade vocabulary words. Share this list, courtesy of Hyde Park Central School District, with your high school senior. Help your teen learn the meanings, uses, and spellings of these words. Challenge yourself and your teen to use these words in everyday conversation.

Your teen will encounter these words in every subject this year — and next year, too. When teens know these words, they are better able to understand what they read and hear in class, rather than getting lost because of unknown terms. When your 12th grader knows these words well enough to use them in writing and presentations, it will add precision, nuance, and eloquence to your teen’s work. Not only will knowing these words help your teen excel in school, they’ll also be better prepared when they pop up on college admissions tests (if your child chooses to take one of these tests).

12th grade vocabulary words

anachronistic empathy perfidious
abbreviate emulate precocious
abdicate enervating pretentious
abstinence enhance procrastinate
adulation ephemeral prosaic
adversity evanescent prosperity
aesthetic exasperation provocative
amicable exemplary prudent
anecdote extenuating querulous
anonymous florid rancorous
antagonist fortuitous reclusive
arid frugal reconciliation
assiduous hackneyed renovation
asylum haughty resilient
benevolent hedonist restrained
camaraderie hypothesis reverence
censure impetuous sagacity
circuitous impute scrutinize
clairvoyant incompatible spontaneity
collaborate inconsequential spurious
compassion inevitable submissive
compromise integrity substantiate
condescending intrepid subtle
conditional intuitive superficial
conformist jubilation superfluous
congregation lobbyist suppress
convergence longevity surreptitious
deleterious mundane tactful
demagogue nonchalant tenacious
digression novice transient
diligent opulent venerable
discredit orator vindicate
disdain ostentatious wary
divergent parched zealot

See the academic vocabulary lists for 10th grade and 11th grade, too.

Learn more about how to help your 12th grader with reading skills:

Read: Getting ready for college reading
Read: Making high school reading more inclusive
Watch: Is your teen learning the research skills needed for college?
Do: How to help a child find their purpose
Check out: 12th grade college prep timeline