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1. absence 40. develop 76.

identity
the state of being not present progress or evolve through a process of the characteristics by which a thing or
2. accommodate natural growth person is known
have room for; hold without crowding 41. difference 77. imaginary
3. achieve the quality of being unlike or dissimilar not based on fact; unreal
gain with effort 42. dilemma 78. imitation
4. acquire state of uncertainty in a choice between copying the actions of someone else
come into the possession of something unfavorable options 79. immediately
concrete or abstract 43. disappear without delay or hesitation; with no time
5. across become invisible or unnoticeable intervening
to the opposite side 44. disappoint 80. incidentally
6. address fail to meet the hopes or expectations of by the way (used to introduce a new topic)
the place where a person or organization 45. discipline 81. independent
can be found a system of rules of conduct or method of free from external control and constraint
7. advertise practice 82. intelligent
make publicity for; try to sell 46. easily having the capacity for thought and reason
8. advice with ease (`easy' is sometimes used to a high degree
a proposal for an appropriate course of informally for `easily') 83. interesting
action 47. eight arousing or holding the attention
9. apparent the cardinal number that is the sum of 84. interfere
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses seven and one get involved, so as to alter or hinder an
or judgment 48. either action
10. argument used as an intensive after a negative 85. interpretation
a dispute where there is strong meaning "likewise" the act of expressing something in an
disagreement 49. embarrass artistic performance
11. athlete cause to feel self-conscious 86. interruption
a person trained to compete in sports 50. environment an act of delaying or interrupting the
12. awful the totality of surrounding conditions continuity
exceptionally bad or displeasing 51. equipped 87. invitation
13. balance provided with whatever is necessary for a a request to be present or take part in
harmonious arrangement or relation of purpose something
parts within a whole 52. exaggerate 88. irrelevant
14. basically enlarge beyond bounds or the truth having no bearing on or connection with the
in essence; at bottom or by one's (or its) 53. excellent subject at issue
very nature very good; of the highest quality 89. irritable
15. becoming 54. except easily annoyed
displaying or setting off to best advantage prevent from being included or considered 90. island
16. before or accepted a land mass that is surrounded by water
at or in the front 55. exercise 91. jealous
17. beginning the activity of exerting muscles to keep fit suspicious or fearful of being displaced by a
the act of starting something 56. existence rival
18. believe the state or fact of being 92. judgment
accept as true; take to be true 57. expect the act of assessing a person or situation or
19. benefit regard something as probable or likely event
something that aids or promotes well-being 58. experience 93. knowledge
20. breathe the content of observation or participation in the result of perception, learning, and
draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs an event reasoning
21. brilliant 59. experiment 94. laboratory
full of light; shining intensely the act of conducting a controlled test or a workplace for the conduct of scientific
22. business investigation research
the principal activity in one's life to earn 60. explanation 95. length
money making something plain or intelligible the linear extent in space from one end to
23. calendar 61. familiar the other
a system of timekeeping that defines a friend who is frequently in the company of 96. lesson
divisions of the year another the significance of a story or event
24. careful 62. fascinating 97. library
exercising caution or showing attention capable of arousing and holding the depository containing books and other
25. category attention materials for reading
a general concept that marks divisions or 63. finally 98. license
coordinations as the end result of a succession or a legal document giving official permission
26. ceiling process to do something
the overhead upper surface of a covered 64. foreignnot deriving from the essential 99. loneliness
space nature of something sadness resulting from being forsaken or
27. cemetery 65. forty abandoned
a tract of land used for burials the cardinal number that is the product of 100. lose
28. certain ten and four fail to keep or to maintain
established beyond doubt or question; 66. forward 101. lying
definitely known at or to or toward the front the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
29. chief 67. friend 102. marriage
the head of a tribe or clan a person you know well and regard with the state of being a couple voluntarily joined
30. citizen affection and trust for life
a native or naturalized member of a state 68. fundamental 103. mathematics
31. coming serving as an essential component a science dealing with the logic of quantity
of the relatively near future 69. generally and arrangement
32. competition usually; as a rule 104. medicine
the act of contending with others for 70. government the profession devoted to alleviating
rewards or resources the system or form by which a community is diseases and injuries
33. convenience ruled 105. miniature
the quality of being useful 71. grammar being on a very small scale
34. criticize the branch of linguistics that deals with 106. minute
point out real or perceived flaws sentence structure a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th
35. decide 72. guarantee of an hour
reach, make, or come to a conclusion about an unconditional commitment that 107. mysterious
something something will happen beyond ordinary understanding
36. definite 73. guidance 108. naturally
precise; explicit and clearly defined the act of showing the way in a natural or normal manner
37. deposit 74. happiness 109. necessary
the act of putting something somewhere state of well-being characterized by absolutely essential
38. describe contentment and joy 110. neighbor
give a statement representing something 75. humorous a person who lives near another
39. desperate characterized by the power to evoke 111. neither
a person who is frightened and in need of laughter not either; not one or the other
help
112. noticeable 150. quiet 190. weird
capable of being detected characterized by an absence of agitation or strikingly odd or unusual
113. occasion activity 191. welcome
an event that occurs at a critical time 151. quit the state of being received with pleasure
114. occur put an end to a state or an activity 192. writing
come to pass 152. quite symbols imprinted on a surface to represent
115. official to the greatest extent; completely sounds or words
of or relating to a place of business 153. realize
116. often be fully aware or cognizant of
Ready to explore the 100 most often
many times at short intervals 154. receive
misspelled words in English? Hint:
117. omission get something; come into possession of
"misspell" is one of them. Below, you'll find
leaving out or passing over something 155. recognize
a one-stop cure for all your spelling ills.
118. operate perceive to be the same
perform as expected when applied 156. recommend Each word is paired with a mnemonic pill
119. optimism express a good opinion of and, if you swallow it, it'll help you to
the hopeful feeling that all is going to turn 157. reference remember how to spell these tricky words.
out well the act of consulting Once you master the orthography of the
120. original 158. religious words on this page, you'll spend less time
preceding all others in time having or showing belief in and reverence searching through the dictionary. Let's dive
121. paid for a deity right in.
marked by the reception of pay 159. repetition
122. parallel the act of doing or performing again
being everywhere equidistant and not 160. restaurant A
intersecting a building where people go to eat
123. particularly 161. rhythm  acceptable - Several words made the
to a distinctly greater extent or degree than an interval during which a recurring list because of the suffix pronounced -
is common sequence occurs êbl but sometimes spelled -ible,
124. peculiar 162. ridiculous sometimes -able. Just remember to
beyond or deviating from the usual or incongruous or absurd accept any table offered to you and
expected 163. sacrifice you will spell this word OK.
125. perceive the act of killing in order to appease a deity
become aware of through the senses 164. safety  accidentally - If an -ly adverb comes
126. perform being certain that adverse effects will not be from an -al adjective ("accidental" in
get done caused this case), the -al has to be in the
127. permanent 165. scissors spelling. No publical, then publicly.
continuing or enduring without marked an edge tool having two crossed pivoting See? And don't forget to double the
change in status blades C.
128. persevere 166. secretary
be persistent, refuse to stop an assistant who handles correspondence  accommodate - Remember, this word
129. personally and clerical work is large enough to accommodate both
in the flesh; without involving anyone else 167. separate a double C AND a double M.
130. persuade standing apart; not attached to or supported
cause somebody to adopt a certain position by anything  acquire - This word is rooted in the
or belief 168. shining prefix ad- but remember this trick: D
131. picture the work of making something smooth and converts to C before Q.
a visual representation produced on a shiny by rubbing or waxing it
surface 169. similar  acquit - Acquit follows the D to C
132. piece having the same or nearly the same before Q rule, too!
a separate part of a whole characteristics
133. planning 170. sincerely  a lot - Two words! Hopefully, you
an act of formulating a program for a course without pretense won't have to allot a lot of time on this
of action 171. soldier problem.
134. pleasant an enlisted man or woman who serves in
being in harmony with your taste or likings an army  amateur - Amateurs need not be
135. political 172. speech mature: this word ends on the French
involving or characteristic of governing or communication by word of mouth suffix -eur (the equivalent of English -
social power 173. stopping er).
136. possess fastener consisting of a narrow strip of
have ownership of welded metal used to join steel members  apparent - It's apparent that you must
137. possible 174. strength pay the rent, so remember this word
capable of happening or existing the property of being physically or mentally always has the rent. Double the P,
138. practical powerful not the R.
guided by experience and observation 175. studying
rather than theory reading carefully with intent to remember  argument - Let's not argue about the
139. prefer 176. succeed loss of this verb's silent [e] before the
like better; value more highly attain success or reach a desired goal suffix -ment.
140. prejudice 177. successful
a partiality preventing objective having succeeded or being marked by a
consideration of an issue favorable outcome
 atheist - Lord help you remember that
this word comprises the prefix a- (not)
141. presence 178. surely
+ the (god) + -ist (one who believes).
current existence definitely or positively
142. privilege 179. surprise
a special advantage or benefit not enjoyed come upon or take unawares B
by all 180. temperature
143. probably the degree of hotness or coldness of a body  believe - You must believe that I
with considerable certainty; without much or environment usually comes before E except after
doubt 181. temporary C. (Actually, the "i-before-e" rule has
144. professional not permanent; not lasting more exceptions than words it applies
of or relating to or suitable as an occupation 182. thorough to!)
145. promise painstakingly careful and accurate
a verbal commitment agreeing to do 183. through  bellwether - Nothing to do with the
something in the future having finished or arrived at completion weather. A wether is a gelded ram,
146. proof 184. truly chosen to lead the herd (thus his bell)
any evidence that helps to establish the in accordance with fact or reality due to the likelihood that he will
truth of something 185. twelfth always remain ahead of the ewes.
147. psychology position 12 in a countable series of things
the science of mental life 186. unusual C
148. quantity not common or ordinary
how much there is or how many there are 187. using  calendar - This word has one E
of something an act that exploits or victimizes someone sandwiched between two As. The last
149. quarter 188. usuallyunder normal conditions vowel is A.
one of four equal parts 189. village
a settlement smaller than a town
 category - This word is not in a  experience - Don't experience the contexts. In the context of the law,
category with "catastrophe" even if it same problem many have with however, judgment is still preferred.
sounds like it: the middle vowel is E. "existence." Remember, it's -ence!
K
 cemetery - Don't let this one bury you: F
it ends in -ery with nary an -ary in it.  kernel - There is more than a kernel
You already know it starts on C.  fiery - The silent E on fire is cowardly: of truth in the claim that all the vowels
it retreats inside the word rather than in this word are Es.
 changeable - The verb "change" face the suffix -y.
keeps its E here to indicate that the G L
is soft, not hard.  foreign - Here's one of several words
that violate the i-before-e rule. (See  leisure - Yet another violator of the i-
 collectible - Another -ible word that "believe" above.) before-e rule.
you just have to remember.
G  liaison - Another French word
 column - A silent final N is not throwing us an orthographical curve:
uncommon in English, especially after  gauge - To learn to gauge the a second I after the A and an S that
M. positioning of the A and U in this word sounds like a Z.
remember they're in alphabetical
 committed - If you're committed to order.  library - It may be as enjoyable as a
correct spelling, you'll remember that berry patch but that isn't the way it's
this word doubles the final T from  grateful - Keeping "great" out of spelled. That first R should be
"commit." "grateful" is great. pronounced.

 conscience - Don't let misspelling this  guarantee - This word isn't spelled  license - Where does English get
word weigh on your conscience: CH like "warranty," even though license to use both its letters for the S
sound spelled as SC is unusual but they're synonyms. sound in one word?
legitimate.
M
 conscientious - Work on your spelling H
conscientiously and remember this
 harass - This word is too small for two  maintenance - The main tenants of
word has the CH sound spelled two this word are "main" and "tenance"
different ways: SC and TI. English sets of double letters, just double the
S on the end. even though it comes from the verb
spelling, huh! "maintain."

  height - English reaches the height


conscious - Try to be conscious of the
(not heigth!) of absurdity when it  maneuver - Man, the price paid for
SC [CH] sound and all the vowels in borrowing from French is high. This
this word's ending and i-o-u a note of spells "height" and "width" so
differently. one goes back to French main +
congratulations. oeuvre "hand-work," a spelling better

 consensus - The census does not  hierarchy - The i-before-e rule works retained by the British in
fine here, so what's the problem? "manoeuvre."
require a consensus, since they are
not related.
 humorous - The R is so weak here, it  medieval - The medieval orthography
needs an O on both sides to hold it of English even lays traps for you:
up. everything about the MIDdle Ages is
MEDieval or, as the British would
D write, mediaeval.
I
 daiquiri - Don't make yourself another  memento - You might wonder why
daiquiri until you learn how to spell  ignorance - Don't show your something that reminds you of a
this funny word - the name of a ignorance by spelling this word with - moment is spelled "memento?" Well,
Cuban village. ence! it's from the Latin for "remember."

 definitely - This word carries a silent E  immediate - The immediate thing to  millennium - This word is large
everywhere it goes. remember is that this word uses the enough to hold two sets of double
prefix in- (not), where the N becomes consonants, double L and double N.
 discipline - A little discipline in an M before M (or B or P).
remembering both the S and the C  miniature - Since that A is seldom
will get you to the correct spelling of  independent - Please be independent pronounced, it's seldom included in
this one. but not in your spelling of this word. It the spelling. But remember this one is
ends on -ent. a "mini ature."
 drunkenness - You would be
surprised how many sober people  indispensable - Knowing this word  minuscule - Since something
omit one of the Ns in drunkenness. ends on -able is indispensable to minuscule is smaller than a miniature,
good writing. it's a minus, not a mini. See?
 dumbbell - Even smart people forget
one of the Bs in this one.  inoculate - This one sounds like a  mischievous - This mischievous word
shot in the eye. One N in the eye is holds two traps: an I before the E,
enough. and an -ous not -us (or even -ious)
E
ending.
 embarrassment - This one won't  intelligence - Using two Ls in this
embarrass you if you remember it's word and ending it on -ence rather  misspell - What is more embarrassing
large enough for a double R AND a than -ance are marks of . . . you than to misspell the name of the
double S. guessed it. problem? Just remember that it is mis
+ spell.
 equipment - This word is misspelled  its/it's - The apostrophe marks a
"equiptment" a lot. Google it! contraction of "it is." Something that
belongs to "it" is "its." N
 exhilarate - Remembering the silent H  neighbor - The word "neighbor"
when you spell this word will lift your J invokes the silent "gh" as well as the
spirits and if you remember both As, it "ei" sounded as "a" rule. This is
will be exhilarating!  jewelry - It's made by a jeweler but fraught with error potential.
the last E flees the scene like a jewel
 exceed - Think of the speed limit you thief.  noticeable - The E is noticeably
shouldn't exceed to remember it's - retained in this word to indicate the C
ceed, not -cede.  judgment - Traditionally, the word has is soft, (pronounced like S). Without
been spelled judgment in all forms of the E, it would be hard (pronounced
 existence - You won't find it spelled the English language. However, the like K), as in "applicable."
with an A after the T anywhere in spelling "judgement" largely replaced
existence. judgment in Britain in non-legal
O
 occasionally - Writers occasionally containing a diphthong, e.g.  weird - This word is an exception to
tire of doubling so many consonants "prevailed." the rule about I before E except
and choose to omit one, usually one after...? So, rules can be broken!
of the Ls. Don't do that.  reference - Refer to the That's weird!
aforementioned word and remember
 occurrence - Remember not only the to add -ence to the end of the noun.
occurrence of double consonants in
this word, but also the suffix -ence,  relevant - The relevant factor here is
not -ance. that the word is not "revelant,"
"revelent," or even "relevent." It's all
about L before V and the suffix -ant.
P

 pastime - Since a pastime is  rhyme - Actually, "rime" was the


something you do to pass the time, correct spelling until 1650. After that,
you would expect a double S here. people began spelling it like "rhythm."
Sadly, the second S slipped through
the cracks of English orthography  rhythm - This one was borrowed from
long ago. Greek (and conveniently never
returned) so it's spelled the way we
 perseverance - All it takes is spell words borrowed from Greek and
perseverance and you can be a never returned.
perfect speller. The suffix is -ance,
ruining an almost perfect run of Es. S

 personnel - It's not personal that  schedule - If perfecting your spelling


personnel has two Ns, one L, it's is on your schedule, remember the
business. SK sound is spelled as in "school."

 playwright - Since playwrights write  separate - How do you separate the


plays, they should be "play-writes," Es from the As in this word? Simple:
right? Wrong. In Old English a play the Es surround the As.
writer was called a "play worker" and
"wright" is from an old form of "work."  sergeant - The A needed in the first
syllable of this word has been
 possession - Possession possesses marched to the back of the line.
more Ss than a hissing snake. Remember that, and the fact that E is
used in both syllables, and you can
 precede - What follows, succeeds, so write your sergeant without fear of
what goes before should, what? misspelling his rank.
Nothing confuses English spelling
more than common sense. We  supersede - This word supersedes all
"succeed" but "precede" (from the others in perversity. This is the only
Latin words pre + cedere meaning to English word based on this stem -
go before). sede. Supersede combines the Latin
words super + sedere meaning to sit
 principal - The spelling principle to above.
remember here is that the school
principal is a prince and a pal. T

 privilege - According to the  their/they're/there - They're all


pronunciation of this word, that middle pronounced the same but their
vowel could be anything. Remember: spelling is different. "Their" is
two Is and two Es in that order. possessive. "They're" is the
contraction of "they are." Everywhere
 pronunciation - Nouns often differ else it's "there."
from the verbs they're derived from.
This is one of those. In this case, as  threshold - This one can push you
the second O has been dropped from over the threshold. It looks like a
pronounce, the pronunciation is compound of thresh + hold but it isn't.
different, too, an important clue. Two Hs in the word are enough.

 publicly - Let's publicly declare the  twelfth - Even if you omit the F in your
rule (again): if the adverb comes from pronunciation of this word (which you
an adjective ending in -al, include that shouldn't), it's retained in the spelling.
ending in the adverb. If not, as in
here, you don't.  tyranny - If you are still resisting the
tyranny of English orthography at this
Q point, you must face the problem of
the Y inside this word. The guy is a
 questionnaire - The French doing it to "tyrant" and his problem is "tyranny."
us again. Don't question it, just double (Don't forget to double up on the Ns,
up on the Ns and don't forget the too.)
silent E on the end.
U
R
 until - We will never stop harping on
 receipt - Surely, you've received the this until it's spelled with an extra L for
message by now: I before E except the last time!
after . . .
V
 recommend - Think of this word as
the equivalent of commending: re +  vacuum - You just have to remember
commend. That would be to spell this word with two Us, unlike
recommendable. "volume."

 referred - Final consonants are often WXYZ


doubled before suffixes (remit,
remitted). However, this rule applies  weather - Whether you like the
to accented syllables ending on L and weather or not, you have to have the
R, e.g. "rebelled" or "referred" and not A after the E when you spell it.