High School Spelling Words

Spelling words for grade 9, 10, 11, and 12; 8 lists for each grade; vocabulary, online spelling exercise, thousands of printable quizzes and cards.
Grade 10: Word List - List 1

absolute
read  a. perfect in quality or nature; complete; totally unlimited; certain
The spare rooms at the Parsonage had never been wanted, but the absolute necessity of a spare room for a friend was now never forgotten.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
The absolute necessity of seeming like herself produced then an immediate struggle; but after a while she could do no more.
Persuasion - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
accentuate
read  v. emphasize; stress; pronounce with a stress or accent; mark with an accent
adage
read  n. wise saying; brief familiar proverb; expression of popular wisdom
adept
read  a. expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
Adept as she was, in all the arts of cunning and dissimulation, the girl Nancy could not wholly conceal the effect which the knowledge of the step she had taken, wrought upon her mind.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 44
By Charles Dickens Context
affront
read  n. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect
His very presence was an affront to a man of society, cloak it as he might in an assumed good manner.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context
Anne herself was become hardened to such affronts; but she felt the imprudence of the arrangement quite as keenly as Lady Russell.
Persuasion - Chapter 5
By Jane Austen Context
allay
read  v. calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
He had to pretend to be drunk in order to allay the suspicions which might have been aroused by his appearance at the gate.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
They were of sobering tendency; they allayed agitation; they composed, and consequently must make her happier.
Persuasion - Chapter 7
By Jane Austen Context
allure
read  v. attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive
The air of wicked grace: of triumph, in which, strange to say, there was yet something feminine and alluring: with which she reclined upon the seat between us, and looked at me, was worthy of a cruel Princess in a Legend.
David Copperfield - Chapter 46
By Charles Dickens Context
amphitheater
read  n. oval building with tiers of seats from central open space or arena
analogous
read  a. comparable; similar or alike
Not with the brightness natural to cheerful youth, but with uncertain, eager, doubtful flashes, which had something painful in them, analogous to the changes on a blind face groping its way.
Hard Times - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens Context
animation
read  n. act of animating, or giving life or spirit; state of being animate or alive.
Its only sign of animation was to shrink from mine; and then she glided from the chair, and creeping to the other side of her uncle, bowed herself, silently and trembling still, upon his breast.
David Copperfield - Chapter 30
By Charles Dickens Context
She gave some feeble signs of returning animation when they entered, and presently the faint transparency was presented in a sitting attitude.
Hard Times - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
annihilate
read  v. destroy completely; reduce to nonexistence
Within the limits of his short tether he had tumbled about, annihilating the flowers of existence with greater singleness of purpose than many of the blatant personages whose company he kept.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
It is the effect of marriage to engender in several directions some of the reserve it annihilates in one.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
I did, though: I vociferated curses enough to annihilate any fiend in Christendom; and I got a stone and thrust it between his jaws, and tried with all my might to cram it down his throat.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 6
By Emily Bronte Context
annul
read  v. make or declare void or invalid; reduce to nothing
anonymous
read  a. having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name
apex
read  n. highest point; vertex; summit; climax
appalling
read  a. causing or fitted to cause dismay or horror; frightful
The dreadful condition to which he was brought, was so appalling to both of us, that we could not refer to it in plainer words.
Great Expectations - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
Then, falling upon his knees, he prayed Heaven to spare him from such deeds; and rather to will that he should die at once, than be reserved for crimes, so fearful and appalling.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
appropriation
read  n. funding; money set aside for a specific purpose
artisan
read  n. manually skilled worker; craftsman, as opposed to artist
assertive
read  a. positive; affirming confidently; affirmative; peremptory
assess
read  v. estimate value; judge worth of something
auditory
read  a. of or relating to hearing, the organs of hearing, or the sense of hearing
automation
read  n. act or process of converting the controlling of a machine or device to a more automatic system, such as computer or electronic controls
axiom
read  n. self-evident truth requiring no proof
bane
read  n. something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
Murdstone and his sister, who were always present, and found them a favourable occasion for giving my mother lessons in that miscalled firmness, which was the bane of both our lives.
David Copperfield - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
banter
read  n. good-humored, playful conversation
bauble
read  n. small, showy ornament of little value; child's plaything or toy
belated
read  a. having been delayed; done or sent too late
Belated wanderers upon the mountains spoke of gangs of armed men, masked, stealthy, and noiseless, who flitted by them in the darkness.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Holmes made no further allusion to the matter that day, though he sat lost in thought for a long time after our belated dinner.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
belie
read  v. contradict; give a false impression
It was with reluctance that he suffered her to go; but there was no look of despair in parting to belie his words, or give her hopes of his being less unreasonable than he professed himself.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 33
By Jane Austen Context
I obeyed, so far as to quit the chamber; when, ignorant where the narrow lobbies led, I stood still, and was witness, involuntarily, to a piece of superstition on the part of my landlord which belied, oddly, his apparent sense.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 3
By Emily Bronte Context
benefactor
read  n. gift giver; person who gives people or institutions with financial help
I am persuaded she knew no difference between his having been a personal benefactor of hers, and a kind friend to me, and that she would have received him with the utmost gratitude and devotion in any case.
David Copperfield - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
Pip, that the name of the person who is your liberal benefactor remains a profound secret, until the person chooses to reveal it.
Great Expectations - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
benevolent
read  a. generous in providing aid to others; charitable
Oliver, having had by this time as much of the outer coat of dirt which encrusted his face and hands, removed, as could be scrubbed off in one washing, was led into the room by his benevolent protectress.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
Captain Harville was a tall, dark man, with a sensible, benevolent countenance; a little lame; and from strong features and want of health, looking much older than Captain Wentworth.
Persuasion - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
betroth
read  v. become engaged to marry; promise to marry
I was in a flutter of pride and anxiety; pride in my dear little betrothed, and anxiety that Agnes should like her.
David Copperfield - Chapter 42
By Charles Dickens Context
bevy
read  n. large group; a group of animals or birds, especially larks or quail
bland
read  a. lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable
bogus
read  a. counterfeit or fake; not authentic; not genuine
boisterous
read  a. rough and stormy; loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline
He was kind to her also in his bluff, boisterous fashion, and on the whole they seemed to be a happy couple.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The latter part of this speech, was hailed by a boisterous shout from all the hopeful pupils of the merry old gentleman.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
It was one of those not infrequent days of an English June which are as wet and boisterous as November.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
bolster
read  v. support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion
brandish
read  v. move or wave, as a weapon; raise and move in various directions
buttress
read  v. support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
callous
read  a. emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened
cancellation
read  n. act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
canine
read  a. related to dogs; dog-like; affecting or derived from dogs
capillary
read  n. long and slender with a very small internal diameter
carnivorous
read  a. eating or feeding on flesh; predatory
cater
read  v. supply what is needed or desired; provide food professionally for special occasion
chagrin
read  n. anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment
Amusement and chagrin seemed to be struggling for the mastery, until the former suddenly carried the day, and he burst into a hearty laugh.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
With this expression of feeling for his unfortunate friend, Master Bates sat himself on the nearest chair with an aspect of chagrin and despondency.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
Next day it all came out, sadly to my chagrin; and still I was not altogether sorry: I thought the burden of directing and warning would be more efficiently borne by him than me.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 21
By Emily Bronte Context
chronic
read  a. lasting for long period; marked by frequent recurrence, as certain diseases