Spelling Bee Word List: Week 8

January 26, 2019

The News-Review will sponsor the 42nd annual Douglas County Spelling Bee on April 13th.

A set of spelling words will appear on this page every week through March 2nd. The weekly word lists can also be accessed online at www.nrtoday.com by entering “Spelling Bee” into the search field.

The county spelling bee champion will win a trophy and new computer system. Trophies and prizes will also be awarded through fourth place.

All public school, private school and home-schooled students in the fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate. Students wishing to enter elimination rounds in their district must sign up with their school’s spelling bee coordinator. Home-schooled students should contact the home school spelling bee coordinator at 541-679-1251.

The county spelling bee coordinator may be contacted at rweaver@nrtoday.com. Questions regarding the weekly word lists may be addressed to rweaver@nrtoday.com or to The News-Review at 541-229-4315.


Molasses — The thick dark to light brown syrup that is separated from raw sugar in sugar manufacture. “Mollie always adds molasses to beans before baking them.”

Reservoir — A place where water is collected and kept in quantity for use when wanted. “Because of the dry spell, our reservoir was only half full, and water restrictions had to be imposed.”

Hibernal — Of or relating to winter: wintry. “Horace admired the hibernal scene depicted in the painting.”

Assimilate — Receive into the mind and consider and thoroughly comprehend. “Sandy needs time to sort things out and assimilate them properly.”

Recyclable — Capable of being processed in order to regain material for human use. “Each office in the building has its own receptacle for recyclable paper.”

Undiscerned — Unseen. “Many circumstances had passed undiscerned, but the two latest occurrences were not without some degree of witness from Emma herself.”

Resilience — An act of springing back: rebound, recoil. “Vera showed her resilience by recovering so quickly from her skiing accident.”

Occultation — The shutting off of the light of a celestial body by the intervention of some other celestial body. “A solar eclipse is the occultation of the sun by the moon.”

Jeopardize — Expose to danger: imperil. “Mr. Turner refuses to jeopardize his family by driving at high speed.”

Plenilune — The time of full Moon. “Zeke will begin planting after the plenilune.”

Conjunctivitis — Inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids. “In common parlance, conjunctivitis is known as “pinkeye.”

Himalayan — Any of a breed of domestic cats developed by crossing the Persian and Siamese. “A Himalayan won ‘Best of Show’ in the local cat competition this winter.”

Prognosis — The prospect of survival and recovery from a disease. “Dr. Kidwell gave Ann an encouraging prognosis.”

Bronchitis — Acute or chronic inflammation in the airways leading to the lungs. “Because of his bronchitis, Sam had given up jogging.”

Audiometer — An instrument used in measuring the acuity of hearing in the individual ear for sounds of various frequencies. “At the local schools, students’ hearing is tested annually by a specialist using an audiometer.”

Demurs — Difficulties in making up one’s mind: indecisions. “Emma told Harriet that the message in her letter must be unequivocal — containing no doubts or demurs.”

Deciphered — Made out, read or interpreted despite obscuration. “When one considers the variety of handwriting, and of bad handwriting, too, that must be deciphered, it increases the wonder that so seldom a letter is carried wrong.”

Tautology — Redundancy. “Harriet’s detail contained, when separated from all the feebleness and tautology of the narration, a substance that sank Emma’s spirit.”

Chilblains — Instances of redness and swelling of toes, fingers, nose, ears or sometimes cheeks in cold weather accompanied by itching and burning of skin. “Mrs. Goddard let her students run about a great deal in the summer, and in winter she dressed their chilblains with her own hands.”

Charades — A game in which a group is divided into two sides each alternately devising words represented in riddling verse or by pictures or dramatic action to be guessed by the other. “The dinner party was complemented by a most animated evening of charades.”

Authoritarianism — A political system that concentrates power in the hands of a leader or a small autocratic elite not constitutionally responsible to the people. “Sergei said that despite all its democratic rhetoric, the system was authoritarianism, pure and simple.”

Chancellor — A university officer of high rank. “Professor Burns has all the requirements to be the next chancellor of Highland College.”

Provost — A high-ranking administrative officer of an American university. “Professor Myers met with the provost to discuss the new curriculum.”

Espionage — The practice of spying: the systematic secret observation of words and conduct. “The author based his novel on his personal experiences in espionage during World War II.”

Inclement — Unmerciful, rigorous. “The harsh sentence of an inclement judge took 30 years of Sam’s life.”

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