High School Spelling Words

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Grade 10: Word List - List 5

impertinent
read  a. improperly forward or bold; rude
He has a very satirical eye, and if I do not begin by being impertinent myself, I shall soon grow afraid of him.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
She saw with maternal complacency all the impertinent encroachments and mischievous tricks to which her cousins submitted.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
impoverish
read  v. make poor; reduce to poverty or indigence; exhaust the strength, richness, or fertility of
Elinor had some difficulty here to refrain from observing, that she thought Fanny might have borne with composure, an acquisition of wealth to her brother, by which neither she nor her child could be possibly impoverished.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 41
By Jane Austen Context
inaccessible
read  a. unreachable; not available; unattainable
It was perfectly easy, therefore, for anyone to get into the garden, but the window was entirely inaccessible, since there was no waterpipe or anything which could help the most active man to climb it.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I found a great many foxes, disparaging whole vineyards of inaccessible grapes; but I found very few foxes whom I would have trusted within reach of a bunch.
David Copperfield - Chapter 61
By Charles Dickens Context
It was raining, but not so cold, and the wood felt so silent and remote, inaccessible in the dusk of rain.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 8
By D H Lawrence Context
incandescent
read  a. strikingly bright; shining with intense heat; emitting light as result of being heated
incision
read  n. cutting into a substance; cut into a body tissue or organ, especially one made during surgery
inclination
read  n. preference; tendency; inclined surface; slope
So unnerved was he at the sight that he leaned up against the wall with his hand to his throat to stifle his inclination to call out.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
My own inclination is to put half a dozen of my farm lads in the shrubbery, and when this fellow comes again to give him such a hiding that he will leave us in peace for the future.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The old lady made a respectful inclination of the head, which seemed to say that she thought the doctor was a very clever man.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
inclusive
read  a. tending to include all; taking a great deal or everything within its scope
I think, Watson, that we must spare time to run down together on Saturday morning and make sure that this curious and inclusive investigation has no untoward ending.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
incorporate
read  v. combine something into a larger whole; unite
incriminate
read  v. accuse of a crime or other wrongful act; suggest that someone is guilty
So cleverly was the colonel concealed that, even when the Moriarty gang was broken up, we could not incriminate him.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
indisposed
read  a. averse; disinclined; unwilling to do a task
Jenkinson was chiefly employed in watching how little Miss de Bourgh ate, pressing her to try some other dish, and fearing she was indisposed.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 29
By Jane Austen Context
Yeobright, having filled the office at the wedding service which naturally fell to his hands, and afterwards returned to the house with the husband and wife, was indisposed to take part in the feasting and dancing that wound up the evening.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
induce
read  v. persuade; bring about; reason or establish by induction
No argument or persuasion could ever induce him to set up a female establishment after the manner of his companions.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
You dogged her and followed her and made her life a misery to her, in order to induce her to abandon the husband whom she loved and respected in order to fly with you, whom she feared and hated.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I thanked her, without making any demonstration of joy, lest it should induce her to withdraw her assent.
David Copperfield - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
My former chill crept over me again, but I was resolved not to speak yet, for it was quite consistent with his words that he might be set on to induce me to connect these references with Provis.
Great Expectations - Chapter 47
By Charles Dickens Context
Then came the Teetotal Society, who complained that these same people would get drunk, and showed in tabular statements that they did get drunk, and proved at tea parties that no inducement, human or Divine (except a medal), would induce them to forego their custom of getting drunk.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
Either the master or the manner of this remark, which was made very ruefully, delighted Charley Bates so much, that his consequent shout of laughter roused the Jew from his reverie, and induced him to inquire what was the matter.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
inducement
read  n. something that helps bring about an action or a desired result; an incentive
Steerforth laughed to that degree, that it was impossible for me to help laughing too; though I am not sure I should have done so, but for this inducement.
David Copperfield - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
inert
read  a. inactive; lacking power to move; unable to move or act
He went pale, with a sort of fear, when he saw Connie lifting the inert legs of the man in her arms, into the other chair, Clifford pivoting round as she did so.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 5
By D H Lawrence Context
inevitable
read  a. unavoidable; incapable of being avoided or prevented
We had a hot supper on the occasion, graced by the inevitable roast fowl, and we had some flip to finish with.
Great Expectations - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
Resignation to inevitable evils is the duty of us all; the peculiar duty of a young man who has been so fortunate as I have been in early preferment; and I trust I am resigned.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
But suspicion of something unpleasant is the inevitable consequence of such an alteration as we just witnessed in him.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 15
By Jane Austen Context
infernal
read  a. pertaining to hell; devilish; abominable; awful
Sparsit took a little more tea; and, as she bent her again contracted eyebrows over her steaming cup, rather looked as if her classical countenance were invoking the infernal gods.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
And far rather would I be condemned to a perpetual dwelling in the infernal regions than, even for one night, abide beneath the roof of Wuthering Heights again.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 17
By Emily Bronte Context
infidel
read  n. one who does not hold same religious beliefs as another
inkling
read  n. slight hint or indication; slight understanding
With Eduardo Lucas lies the solution of our problem, though I must admit that I have not an inkling as to what form it may take.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Put the case that he took her in, and that he kept down the old, wild, violent nature whenever he saw an inkling of its breaking out, by asserting his power over her in the old way.
Great Expectations - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
Wildeve had not received an inkling of the fact before, and a sudden expression of pain overspread his face.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
inquisitive
read  a. disposed to ask questions, especially in matters which do not concern the inquirer; given to examination, investigation, or research
They had scarcely been two minutes by themselves, before he began to speak of Edward; for he, too, had heard of the living, and was very inquisitive on the subject.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 41
By Jane Austen Context
insufferable
read  a. incapable of being suffered, borne, or endured; insupportable; unendurable; intolerable
intolerant
read  a. not enduring; not able to endure; unwilling to tolerate difference of opinion
intuition
read  n. immediate insight; power of knowing without reasoning
I had no keener pleasure than in following Holmes in his professional investigations, and in admiring the rapid deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were submitted to him.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
invertebrate
read  n. animal, such as an insect, that lacks backbone or spinal column
invincible
read  a. incapable of being overcome or defeated; unconquerable
They were no sooner gone, than Monks, who appeared to entertain an invincible repugnance to being left alone, called to a boy who had been hidden somewhere below.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
invoke
read  v. call upon; ask for; request earnestly
Sparsit took a little more tea; and, as she bent her again contracted eyebrows over her steaming cup, rather looked as if her classical countenance were invoking the infernal gods.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
ire
read  n. anger; wrath; keen resentment; irritate
irony
read  n. expression by deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning; witty language used to insult
He still smiled faintly down at her, with the flicker of irony in his eyes, and a touch of bitterness.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 14
By D H Lawrence Context
jargon
read  n. language used by a special group; technical terminology; nonsensical or meaningless talk
I detest jargon of every kind, and sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in but what was worn and hackneyed out of all sense and meaning.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
lateral
read  a. coming from side; situated at or extending to the side
There are small lateral columns of water outside which receive the force, and which transmit and multiply it in the manner which is familiar to you.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
legacy
read  n. gift made by a will; something handed down from an ancestor
He had just compunction enough for having done nothing for his sisters himself, to be exceedingly anxious that everybody else should do a great deal; and an offer from Colonel Brandon, or a legacy from Mrs. Jennings, was the easiest means of atoning for his own neglect.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 33
By Jane Austen Context
linear
read  a. having form of a line; straight; consisting of lines; lineal
liquidate
read  v. settle accounts to pay them off; clear up
listless
read  a. lacking in spirit or energy to exert effort
All the demoniacal force of the man masked behind that listless manner burst out in a paroxysm of energy.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He appeared somewhat reassured, on beholding her in the same listless attitude from which he had first roused her.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
Her pretty face was wan and listless; her hair uncurled: some locks hanging lankly down, and some carelessly twisted round her head.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 14
By Emily Bronte Context
magnitude
read  n. extent; greatness of rank, size, or position
I cannot think of it with any patience; and it does appear to me an evil of such magnitude as must, if possible, be prevented.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 16
By Jane Austen Context
malady
read  n. disease, disorder, or ailment; unwholesome condition
The malady will wear out by and by, the doctors say, but in the meantime she has to lie down for a twelvemonth.
David Copperfield - Chapter 34
By Charles Dickens Context
manipulate
read  v. operate with one's hands; control or play upon people, forces artfully
His hands were invariably blotted with ink and stained with chemicals, yet he was possessed of extraordinary delicacy of touch, as I frequently had occasion to observe when I watched him manipulating his fragile philosophical instruments.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
martial
read  a. relating to, or suggestive of war; connected with the armed forces
maternal
read  a. motherly; relating to mother or motherhood
William was her pride; Betsey her darling; and John, Richard, Sam, Tom, and Charles occupied all the rest of her maternal solicitude, alternately her worries and her comforts.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 39
By Jane Austen Context
She saw with maternal complacency all the impertinent encroachments and mischievous tricks to which her cousins submitted.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
maul
read  v. handle someone or something in a rough way; cause serious physical wounds
Wildeve turned the light eagerly upon the spot where Venn had found the box, and mauled the herbage right and left.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
mediocre
read  a. moderate to inferior in quality; ordinary; commonplace
medley
read  n. mixture; musical composition consisting of a series of pieces
Her aunt did not neglect her: she wrote again and again; they were receiving frequent accounts from Edmund, and these accounts were as regularly transmitted to Fanny, in the same diffuse style, and the same medley of trusts, hopes, and fears, all following and producing each other at haphazard.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 44
By Jane Austen Context
mire
read  v. cause to sink or become stuck in; hinder, entrap, or entangle
Fagin wended his way, through mud and mire, to his gloomy abode: where the Dodger was sitting up, impatiently awaiting his return.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
misconception
read  n. mistaken thought, idea, or notion; erroneous conception; false opinion
You must give him your own answer: we cannot expect him to be satisfied with less; and you only can explain to him the grounds of that misconception of your sentiments, which, unfortunately for himself, he certainly has imbibed.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 32
By Jane Austen Context
momentum
read  n. product of a body's mass and its velocity; impelling force or strength; impetus
monologue
read  n. speech uttered by a person alone; dramatic soliloquy
morbid
read  a. caused by disease; pathological or diseased; unhealthy or unwholesome
A crowd of morbid sightseers were still gathered round Deep Dene House, which was just such a suburban villa as I had pictured.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Shut in and morbid as his life had been, Colin had more imagination than she had and at least he had spent a good deal of time looking at wonderful books and pictures.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 20
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context