High School Spelling Words

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Grade 10: Word List - List 6

mutation
read  n. change; alteration, either in form or qualities.
narcotic
read  n. addictive drug, such as opium, that reduces pain, alters mood and behavior; inducing sleep
On these occasions I have noticed such a dreamy, vacant expression in his eyes, that I might have suspected him of being addicted to the use of some narcotic, had not the temperance and cleanliness of his whole life forbidden such a notion.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
But anyhow, with all the cocktails, all the lying in warmish water and sunbathing on hot sand in hot sun, jazzing with your stomach up against some fellow in the warm nights, cooling off with ices, it was a complete narcotic.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
necessitate
read  v. make necessary or indispensable; render unavoidable
That disadvantage is not diminished, when that pressure necessitates the drawing of stipendiary emoluments, before those emoluments are strictly due and payable.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
Rachael made the tea (so large a party necessitated the borrowing of a cup), and the visitor enjoyed it mightily.
Hard Times - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
nucleus
read  n. central or essential part around which other parts are gathered or grouped; core
obituary
read  n. death notice; list of dead
oblique
read  a. having slanting or sloping direction, course, or position; inclined
oblivion
read  n. condition or quality of being completely forgotten; official overlooking of offenses; amnesty
It is falling now; it will still be falling when all these things shall have sunk down the afternoon of history, and the twilight of tradition, and been swallowed up in the thick night of oblivion.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 33
By Mark Twain Context
These were the last words spoken by the whelp, before a giddy drowsiness came upon him, followed by complete oblivion.
Hard Times - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
obnoxious
read  a. causing disapproval or protest; very annoying or objectionable; offensive
Spenlow in the morning, that I wanted leave of absence for a short time; and as I was not in the receipt of any salary, and consequently was not obnoxious to the implacable Jorkins, there was no difficulty about it.
David Copperfield - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
obscene
read  n. offensive to accepted standards of decency or modesty; repulsive; disgusting
obtuse
read  a. lacking in insight or discernment; stupid
opaque
read  a. impenetrable by light; not transparent; not reflecting light; having no luster
Disappointed of its real womanhood, it had not succeeded in becoming boyish, and unsubstantial, and transparent; instead it had gone opaque.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
oratory
read  n. place of orisons, or prayer; chapel or small room set apart for private devotions
ordinance
read  n. decree; authoritative command or order
organic
read  a. simple and healthful and close to nature
And sex was merely an accident, or an adjunct, one of the curious obsolete, organic processes which persisted in its own clumsiness, but was not really necessary.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 1
By D H Lawrence Context
The form was so much like an organic part of the entire motionless structure that to see it move would have impressed the mind as a strange phenomenon.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
organism
read  n. living being; system considered analogous in structure or function to a living body
overture
read  n. an opening or aperture; recess; introductory section or part, as of a poem
But I resisted all these overtures, and sat there in desperation; each time asking him, with tears in my eyes, for my money or my jacket.
David Copperfield - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
panorama
read  v. complete view in every direction.
parochial
read  a. narrow in outlook; related to local church community
So, she appropriated the greater part of the weekly stipend to her own use, and consigned the rising parochial generation to even a shorter allowance than was originally provided for them.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
parry
read  v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing
passive
read  a. lacking in energy or will; peacefully resistant in response to injustice
It appeared, in answer to my inquiries, that nobody had the least idea of the etymology of this terrible verb passive to be gormed; but that they all regarded it as constituting a most solemn imprecation.
David Copperfield - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens Context
A curious passive inattention had such possession of her, that the presence of her little sister in the room did not attract her notice for some time.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
patron
read  n. benefactor; regular customer
I told them what a fine fellow Steerforth was, and what a patron of mine, and Peggotty said she would walk a score of miles to see him.
David Copperfield - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
This was not a very ceremonious way of rendering homage to a patron saint, but I believe Old Clem stood in that relation towards smiths.
Great Expectations - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
In the first place, he must make such an agreement for tithes as may be beneficial to himself and not offensive to his patron.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
patronize
read  v. act as a patron to; support or sponsor
For myself, I found that I was expressing my tendency to lavish expenditure, and to patronize Herbert, and to boast of my great prospects, before I quite knew that I had opened my lips.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
pensive
read  a. deeply, often dreamily thoughtful; engaged in serious thought or reflection; contemplative
He wore a shade over his eyes, and his face was pensive and lined; but, though these bodily features were marked with decay there was no defect in the tones of his voice, which were rich, musical, and stirring.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
perception
read  n. understanding; feeling; effect or product of perceiving
It seemed to me that the mists in my own mind were gradually clearing away, and I began to have a dim, vague perception of the truth.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The elderly female was a woman of wisdom and experience; she knew what was good for children; and she had a very accurate perception of what was good for herself.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
At first, it was a sort of stupefaction; but every moment was quickening her perception of the horrible evil.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 46
By Jane Austen Context
perseverance
read  n. endurance; steady persistence in adhering to a course of action
He swore in his heart that he would not fail in this if human effort and human perseverance could render him successful.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
We continued our systematic survey of the edge of the sodden portion of the moor, and soon our perseverance was gloriously rewarded.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It was one of the irons I began to heat immediately, and one of the irons I kept hot, and hammered at, with a perseverance I may honestly admire.
David Copperfield - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
I only know that I found myself, with a perseverance worthy of a much better cause, making the most strenuous exertions to compress it within those limits.
Great Expectations - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
personage
read  n. form, appearance, or belongings of a person; external appearance, stature, figure, air
Once, I had been taken to see some ghastly waxwork at the Fair, representing I know not what impossible personage lying in state.
Great Expectations - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
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
This is by no means a disparagement to his character; for many official personages, who are held in high respect and admiration, are the victims of similar infirmities.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
perspective
read  n. appearance of things; view, outlook, or vista
And Squealer, who happened to be passing at this moment, attended by two or three dogs, was able to put the whole matter in its proper perspective.
Animal Farm - Chapter 6
By George Orwell Context
The Aged must have been stirring with the lark, for, glancing into the perspective of his bedroom, I observed that his bed was empty.
Great Expectations - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
Then came the lamplighter, and two lengthening lines of light all down the long perspective of the street, until they were blended and lost in the distance.
Hard Times - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
pertinent
read  a. having precise or logical relevance; pertaining or relating
pigment
read  n. substance used as coloring; dry coloring matter
They were the only parts of his face that showed any life or expression, the pigment upon it was so thick.
Hard Times - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
Since the introduction of railways Wessex farmers have managed to do without these Mephistophelian visitants, and the bright pigment so largely used by shepherds in preparing sheep for the fair is obtained by other routes.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
pinnacle
read  n. peak; tall pointed formation, such as mountain peak
On the edge of a jutting pinnacle, three or four hundred feet above him, there stood a creature somewhat resembling a sheep in appearance, but armed with a pair of gigantic horns.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The solitary exception was the New Church; a stuccoed edifice with a square steeple over the door, terminating in four short pinnacles like florid wooden legs.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
The spiky points of the fir trees behind the house rose into the sky like the turrets and pinnacles of an abbey.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
plausible
read  a. likely but not certain to be or become true or real
He made a plausible excuse; but his real reason had been the fear that not even the secret would keep them with him any very great length of time, and so he had meant to hold it in reserve as a last seduction.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 16
By Mark Twain Context
I asked him afterwards, why he had done so, and he made a plausible excuse; but since last night, father, and when I remember the circumstances by its light, I am afraid I can imagine too truly what passed between them.
Hard Times - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
pliable
read  a. flexible; yielding; easily bent or shaped
portly
read  a. inoffensive expression of fat; stout
The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some little pride and pulled a dirty and wrinkled newspaper from the inside pocket of his greatcoat.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
precinct
read  n. district or division of city; place or enclosure by definite limits
At the appointed time the animals would leave their work and march round the precincts of the farm in military formation, with the pigs leading, then the horses, then the cows, then the sheep, and then the poultry.
Animal Farm - Chapter 9
By George Orwell Context
pregnant
read  a. expecting a baby; carrying within the body or being about to produce new life
He wanted her to go, positively, to have her little adventures and perhaps come home pregnant, and all that.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 15
By D H Lawrence Context
prelude
read  n. introduction; forerunner; preliminary or preface
Each case has been the prelude to another, and the crisis once over, the actors have passed for ever out of our busy lives.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
premature
read  a. too soon; too early; occurring before a state of readiness
Her features and figure were those of a woman of thirty, but her hair was shot with premature grey, and her expression was weary and haggard.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Master Bates saw something so exquisitely ludicrous in this reply, that he burst into another laugh; which laugh, meeting the coffee he was drinking, and carrying it down some wrong channel, very nearly terminated in his premature suffocation.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
prestige
read  n. impression produced by achievements or reputation; recognized distinction or importance
prevalent
read  a. widespread; widely or commonly occurring, existing, accepted
I need not say how rejoiced I shall be to hear there has been any mistake, but the report is so prevalent that I confess I cannot help trembling.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 45
By Jane Austen Context
proficient
read  a. skilled; expert; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
Hatherley, as being a man who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet and capable of preserving a secret.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
progression
read  n. sequence; act of moving forward toward a goal
prose
read  n. essay; ordinary speech or writing; commonplace expression or quality
I counted up to high numbers, to make sure of myself, and repeated passages that I knew in prose and verse.
Great Expectations - Chapter 53
By Charles Dickens Context
providence
read  n. act of providing or preparing for future use or application; making ready; preparation; foresight
provincial
read  a. relating to a province; limited in outlook; unsophisticated
Men at his time of life do not change all their habits and exchange willingly the charming climate of Florida for the lonely life of an English provincial town.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
They were at once cosmopolitan and provincial, with the cosmopolitan provincialism of art that goes with pure social ideals.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 1
By D H Lawrence Context
Mentally he was in a provincial future, that is, he was in many points abreast with the central town thinkers of his date.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
prudent
read  a. cautious; careful in regard to one's own interests
He promises fairly; and I hope among different people, where they may each have a character to preserve, they will both be more prudent.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
Elinor had always thought it would be more prudent for them to settle at some distance from Norland, than immediately amongst their present acquaintance.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
The boy crept along under the bank to ascertain from the nature of the proceedings if it would be prudent to interrupt so splendid a creature as Miss Eustacia on his poor trivial account.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context