High School Spelling Words

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Grade 10: Word List - List 3

disconcert
read  v. confuse; frustrate by throwing into disorder; embarrass
The Elfin suddenness with which she pounced upon me with this question, and a searching look, quite disconcerted me for a moment.
David Copperfield - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
He seemed very fond of walking but he had a way of sitting or lying down for a while and then getting up in a disconcerting manner to begin again.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 25
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
discretion
read  n. knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; trait of judging wisely and objectively
With due discretion the incident itself may, however, be described, since it serves to illustrate some of those qualities for which my friend was remarkable.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
In our boyish want of discretion I dare say we took too much to drink, and I know we talked too much.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
If he were not, he would be sure to see them inside; and, knowing what he had done with the fugitive, would proceed with discretion still.
Hard Times - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
disgruntle
read  v. cause being in bad temper; disappoint; disconcert
disintegrate
read  v. fall apart; become reduced to components, fragments, or particles
dispel
read  v. scatter; drive away; cause to vanish
I imagined at the time that he had some strong reason for not alluding to it, but he soon dispelled the idea by coming round to the subject of his own accord.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The sight of the safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to finally dispel any doubts which may have remained.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Micawber had latterly had her doubts on this point, but that he had dispelled them, and reassured her.
David Copperfield - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
dispense
read  v. distribute; prepare and give out; deal out in parts or portions
He hoped that with intelligent assistance I should meet with little to discourage me, and should soon be able to dispense with any aid but his.
Great Expectations - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
His presence was beginning to be odious to her; and if Maria gained him not, she was now cool enough to dispense with any other revenge.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
Her younger sisters soon began to make interest with her for objects of happiness which she might in future be able to dispense.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 55
By Jane Austen Context
displacement
read  n. act of removing from office or employment
As long as the criminal remains upon two legs so long must there be some indentation, some abrasion, some trifling displacement which can be detected by the scientific searcher.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
diverse
read  a. differing in some characteristics; various
dogged
read  a. determined; stubbornly persevering; unyielding
Looking through the window I could see her walking feebly along the other side, while her pursuer dogged her some little distance behind.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The natural result of this treatment, continued, I suppose, for some six months or more, was to make me sullen, dull, and dogged.
David Copperfield - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
dormant
read  a. sleeping; not active but capable of becoming active
She had then taken the impassive figure in her arms, and, still upon her knees, was weeping over it, kissing it, calling to it, rocking it to and fro upon her bosom like a child, and trying every tender means to rouse the dormant senses.
David Copperfield - Chapter 56
By Charles Dickens Context
dote
read  v. be excessively fond of; show signs of mental decline
Once she asked for a particular ballad, which she said her Ury (who was yawning in a great chair) doted on; and at intervals she looked round at him, and reported to Agnes that he was in raptures with the music.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
dregs
read  n. sediment settled at bottom of liquid; waste or worthless matter
The three glasses were grouped together, all of them tinged with wine, and one of them containing some dregs of beeswing.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
My state of mind regarding the pilfering from which I had been so unexpectedly exonerated did not impel me to frank disclosure; but I hope it had some dregs of good at the bottom of it.
Great Expectations - Chapter 6
By Charles Dickens Context
droll
read  a. queer; amusingly odd; comical
I laughed in spite of myself all the time, the whole thing was so droll; and yet I had a latent impression.
Great Expectations - Chapter 31
By Charles Dickens Context
Palmer sauntered towards the Miss Dashwoods to express his surprise on seeing them in town, though Colonel Brandon had been first informed of their arrival at his house, and he had himself said something very droll on hearing that they were to come.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 27
By Jane Austen Context
dupe
read  n. easily deceived person; duplicate of photographic image
dynamic
read  a. energetic; vigorously active
All the great words, it seemed to Connie, were cancelled for her generation: love, joy, happiness, home, mother, father, husband, all these great, dynamic words were half dead now, and dying from day to day.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 6
By D H Lawrence Context
eccentric
read  a. departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern
Indeed, from the direction of the Metropolitan Station no one was coming save the single gentleman whose eccentric conduct had drawn my attention.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Put the case that, at the same time he held a trust to find a child for an eccentric rich lady to adopt and bring up.
Great Expectations - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
Browlow was no less surprised, although his astonishment was not expressed in the same eccentric manner.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
elongate
read  v. lengthen; extend; make or grow longer
eloquent
read  a. vividly or movingly expressive; persuasive
The impossibility of not doing everything in the world to make Fanny Price happy, or of ceasing to love Fanny Price, was of course the groundwork of his eloquent answer.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 30
By Jane Austen Context
emancipate
read  v. free from bondage, oppression, or restraint; liberate
embellish
read  v. adorn; make beautiful, as by ornamentation; decorate
You have shown your relish for it by the enthusiasm which has prompted you to chronicle, and, if you will excuse my saying so, somewhat to embellish so many of my own little adventures.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He has occasional employment on the same newspaper, in getting up the facts of dry subjects, to be written about and embellished by more fertile minds.
David Copperfield - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
emboss
read  v. mold or carve in relief; decorate with or as if with a raised design
embryo
read  n. completely undeveloped form; an animal organism in the early stages of growth
emit
read  v. give off; send out; give out as sound
At this moment the fiddles finished off with a screech, and the serpent emitted a last note that nearly lifted the roof.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
enhance
read  v. make better or more attractive; increase; improve
He was as radiant, as if his chair, his asthma, and the failure of his limbs, were the various branches of a great invention for enhancing the luxury of a pipe.
David Copperfield - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
enlighten
read  v. supply with light; illuminate, as the sun enlightens the earth; make clear to the intellect or conscience; give information to; inform or instruct
Hence things which have perplexed you and made the case more obscure, have served to enlighten me and to strengthen my conclusions.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
As we walked home, I would fain have enlightened my charge on the characters of the people we had quitted: but she got it into her head that I was prejudiced against them.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 21
By Emily Bronte Context
enrapture
read  v. please intensely; fill with great delight or joy
In short, my aunt, seeing how enraptured I was with the premises, took them for a month, with leave to remain for twelve months when that time was out.
David Copperfield - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
ensemble
read  n. union of parts in a whole; a coordinated outfit or costume; a coordinated set of furniture
enthrall
read  v. capture; attract and hold by charm, beauty, or excellence; hold in bondage or subjection
After an interval of suspense on my part that was quite enthralling and almost painful, I saw his hand appear on the other side of Miss Skiffins.
Great Expectations - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
enumerate
read  v. list each one; mention one by one
Phillips, protesting that he did not in the least regard his losses at whist, enumerating all the dishes at supper, and repeatedly fearing that he crowded his cousins, had more to say than he could well manage before the carriage stopped at Longbourn House.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 16
By Jane Austen Context
enunciate
read  v. speak distinctly; state or set forth precisely or systematically; pronounce; articulate
The round eyes, eager gaze, the piping voice which enunciated the words, had operated like stilettos on his brain.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
equilibrium
read  n. mental or emotional balance; state of balance of any causes, powers, or motives
eradicate
read  v. completely destroy; eliminate; exterminate
esteem
read  v. regard with respect; favorable regard
If you are unable to come I shall give you fuller details, and would esteem it a great kindness if you would favour me with your opinion.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I do not know whether I ever before mentioned to you my feelings on this subject; but I will not leave the country without confiding them, and I trust you will not esteem them unreasonable.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
evaluate
read  v. judge; examine and judge carefully; appraise
exasperate
read  v. make worse; irritate; make very angry or impatient; annoy greatly
At that point, my convict became so frantically exasperated, that he would have rushed upon him but for the interposition of the soldiers.
Great Expectations - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
It was one of the most exasperating attributes of Bounderby, that he not only sang his own praises but stimulated other men to sing them.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
exotic
read  a. from another part of the world; foreign; strikingly strange or unusual
The thick, warm air of the conservatory and the rich, choking fragrance of exotic plants took us by the throat.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
exploit
read  v. make use of, sometimes unjustly
expressly
read  ad. particularly; specifically; in an explicit manner
Immediately surrounding Mrs Musgrove were the little Harvilles, whom she was sedulously guarding from the tyranny of the two children from the Cottage, expressly arrived to amuse them.
Persuasion - Chapter 14
By Jane Austen Context
exuberant
read  a. high spirited; joyously unrestrained; abundant; luxurious
If you, my dear father, will not take the trouble of checking her exuberant spirits, and of teaching her that her present pursuits are not to be the business of her life, she will soon be beyond the reach of amendment.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 41
By Jane Austen Context
feasible
read  a. capable of being accomplished or brought about
However, I proposed that he and I should walk away together to a distant point we could see, and that the boat should take us aboard there, or as near there as might prove feasible, at about noon.
Great Expectations - Chapter 54
By Charles Dickens Context
feign
read  v. make false appearance of; disguise; conceal; invent or imagine
We agreed, without any more consultation, that we would both go, and that Dora was a little Impostor, who feigned to be rather unwell, because she liked to be petted.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
Next day I had the meanness to feign that I was under a binding promise to go down to Joe; but I was capable of almost any meanness towards Joe or his name.
Great Expectations - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
As Louisa feigned to rouse herself, and sat up, Sissy retired, so that she stood placidly near the bedside.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
ferret
read  v. drive or hunt out of hiding; uncover and bring to light by searching
fictitious
read  a. existing only in imagination; feigned; not true or real
finale
read  n. concluding part; closing section
flaunt
read  v. display proudly or shamelessly; show oneself off
She was lightly dressed; looked bold, and haggard, and flaunting, and poor; but seemed, for the time, to have given all that to the wind which was blowing, and to have nothing in her mind but going after them.
David Copperfield - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context