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Can you name the words that won the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 1980?

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Phonetic spelling (Year)WordDefinition
i-LOO-kyoo-breyt (1980)to produce (esp. literary work) by long and intensive effort
sahr-KOF-uh-guhs (1981)a stone coffin often displayed as a monument
suh-RAHY-uh-sis (1982)a common chronic, inflammatory skin disease characterized by scaly patches
POOR-im or poo-REEM (1983)a Jewish festival celebrating the Persian Jews' escape from destruction by Haman
LOOZH (1984)a one- or two-person sled for coasting or racing down a chute; to race on that sled
mil-YOO or mee-LYΠ(1985)surroundings, esp. of a social or cultural nature
oh-don-TAL-juh (1986)pain in a tooth; toothache
staf-uh-luh-KOK-sahy (1987)spherical parasitic bacteria causing boils, septicemia, and other infections
el-i-JAHY-uhk-uhl or i-LEE-jee-ak-uhl (1988)expressing sorrow or lamentation
SPOH-lee-ey-ter (1989)one who plunders, robs, or ruins
FAHY-bran or fahy-BRAN (1990)viscose rayon made from spun yarn
an-tee-pahy-RET-ik (1991)checking or preventing fever
lahy-SEE-uhm (1992)an institution for popular education providing lectures, discussions, concerts, etc.
kah-mi-KAH-zee (1993)a Japanese pilot with the suicidal mission of crashing an aircraft into an enemy target
an-tee-di-LOO-vee-uhn (1994)of the period before the biblical Flood; very old, old-fashioned, or out of date
ZANTH-sis or zan-THO-sis (1995)a yellowish discoloration of degenerating tissues, esp. seen in malignant neoplasms
viv-uh-SEP-uhl-cher (1996)an act or instance of burying someone alive
YOO-uh-nim (1997)an appropriate name for a person, place, or thing
kee-ahr-uh-SKYOOR-ist (1998)a painter who uses light and shade rather than color to create the illusion of volume
law-guh-REE-uh or log-uh-REE-uh (1999)pathologically incoherent, repetitious speech; incessant or compulsive talkativeness
dey-MARSH (2000)an action or gesture by a diplomat, esp. a formal appeal or protest; a procedure or step
suhk-si-DEY-nee-uhm (2001)a substitute
pro-SPISH-uhns (2002)the act of looking forward; foresight
poh-koh-koo-RAN-tee (2003)a careless or indifferent person; caring little; indifferent
aw-TOK-thuh-nuhs (2004)aboriginal; indigenous; in pathology, found in the part of the body in which it originates
uh-poj-uh-TOOR-uh (2005)in music, an embellishing note preceding another note and taking a portion of its time
OOR-shprah-khuh (2006)a language that is the recorded or hypothetical ancestor of another language
sair-FEEN or ser-FEEN (2007)a small forceps for clamping a blood vessel
GUR-dn (2008)a reward, recompense, or requital; to reward
ley-od-uh-SEE-uhn (2009)a person who is lukewarm or indifferent, esp. in religion
STRAH-moor (2010)an instrument for measuring how much blood flows per unit of time through a blood vessel
sahy-MO-truh-kuhs (2011)having wavy hair
GET-uh-pahn (2012)an ambush, snare, or trap
kuh-NAY-duhl (2013)a type of dumpling eaten especially in Jewish households during Passover
FOI-uh-tn (2014)a part of a newspaper or magazine devoted to fiction, criticism, or light literature
stik-uh-MITH-ee-uh (2014)dialogue in which two characters speak alternate lines of verse; a stylistic device in ancient Greek drama
SHEER-n-shnit-uh (2015)the art of cutting paper into decorative designs
NUHN-uh-tak (2015)an exposed element of a ridge, mountain, or peak not covered with ice or snow within an ice field or glacier
guh-zel-shahf-tuh (2016)social relations based on impersonal ties, as duty to a society or organization.
MAH-reh-kayn (2017)a ribbed crepe fabric used in women's clothing
koy-nohn-EE-ah (2018)the Christian fellowship or body of believers

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