High School Spelling Words

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Grade 10: Word List - List 7

pulverize
read  v. pound, crush, or grind to powder or dust
putrid
read  a. decomposed and foul-smelling; rotten; decayed
qualm
read  n. sudden feeling of sickness or faintness; sudden attack of illness
I was surprised to witness how coolly the child gathered himself up, and went on with his intention; exchanging saddles and all, and then sitting down on a bundle of hay to overcome the qualm which the violent blow occasioned, before he entered the house.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 4
By Emily Bronte Context
quandary
read  n. dilemma; state of uncertainty or perplexity
quell
read  v. extinguish; put down forcibly; suppress; pacify or quiet
Whether an exceedingly small expansion of eye be sufficient to quell paupers, who, being lightly fed, are in no very high condition; or whether the late Mrs. Corney was particularly proof against eagle glances.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
When I first looked into his face, I perceived that he had got intelligence of the catastrophe; and a foolish notion struck me that his heart was quelled and he prayed, because his lips moved and his gaze was bent on the ground.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 16
By Emily Bronte Context
radiate
read  v. spread out; effuse; issue or emerge in rays or waves
From these no appreciable beams now radiated, except when a more than usually smart gust brushed over their faces and raised a fitful glow which came and went like the blush of a girl.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
radical
read  a. drastic; extreme; arising from or going to a root or source; basic
ratify
read  v. approve formally; confirm; verify
It had come to be accepted that the pigs, who were manifestly cleverer than the other animals, should decide all questions of farm policy, though their decisions had to be ratified by a majority vote.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
Peggotty was not slow to respond, and ratify the treaty of friendship by giving me one of her best hugs.
David Copperfield - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
rational
read  a. consistent with; based on; using reason
The greatest degree of rational consistency could not have been more engaging, and they talked with mutual satisfaction.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 9
By Jane Austen Context
It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing were made the order of the day.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
Her breath, her skin, her lips, all flattered Elinor with signs of amendment; and Marianne fixed her eyes on her with a rational, though languid, gaze.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 43
By Jane Austen Context
ravenous
read  a. extremely hungry; voracious; eager for prey
As Estella looked back over her shoulder before going out at the door, Miss Havisham kissed that hand to her, with a ravenous intensity that was of its kind quite dreadful.
Great Expectations - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
readjust
read  v. adjust again after an initial failure
rebuff
read  v. offer sudden or harsh resistance; turn down or shut out; repel or drive back
She saw in him the peculiar tight rebuff against anyone of the lower classes who might be really climbing up, which she knew was characteristic of his breed.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 6
By D H Lawrence Context
reconcile
read  v. correct inconsistencies; become friendly after a quarrel; become compatible or consistent
Yet her bright and happy face reconciled him to the arrangement more than any argument could have done.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Miss Steele was the least discomposed of the three, by their presence; and it was in their power to reconcile her to it entirely.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 36
By Jane Austen Context
We were reconciled; but we cried, both of us, the whole time I stayed: not entirely for sorrow; yet I was sorry Linton had that distorted nature.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 24
By Emily Bronte Context
rectify
read  v. set right; correct by calculation or adjustment
recuperate
read  v. recover; return to health or strength; recover from financial loss
reimburse
read  v. pay back for some expense incurred
reinstate
read  v. place again in possession, or in a former state; restore to a state from which one had been removed
I picked up her hat, and approached to reinstate it; but perceiving that the people of the house took her part, she commenced capering round the room; and on my giving chase, ran like a mouse over and under and behind the furniture, rendering it ridiculous for me to pursue.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 18
By Emily Bronte Context
remittance
read  n. transmitting money, bills, especially to a distant place, as in satisfaction of a demand, or in discharge of an obligation
Nothing has, as yet, turned up; and it may not surprise you, my dear Master Copperfield, so much as it would a stranger, to know that we are at present waiting for a remittance from London, to discharge our pecuniary obligations at this hotel.
David Copperfield - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
rend
read  v. split; tear or split apart or into pieces violently
With a rending, tearing sound, one of the broad, white stones turned over upon its side and left a square, gaping hole, through which streamed the light of a lantern.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
renovate
read  v. restore to good condition; renew
reputable
read  a. having a good reputation; honorable
residue
read  n. remainder of something after removal of parts or a part; balance
Edward was not entirely without hopes of some favourable change in his mother towards him; and on THAT he rested for the residue of their income.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 49
By Jane Austen Context
reverie
read  n. daydream; state of abstracted musing; absent-minded dreaming while awake
We had walked several times up and down the lawn, neither Miss Stoner nor myself liking to break in upon his thoughts before he roused himself from his reverie.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He looked at her wistfully, then seemed to fall into a reverie, as if he were forgetting what he observed.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
I had not courage to walk straight into the apartment; but I desired to divert him from his reverie, and therefore fell foul of the kitchen fire, stirred it, and began to scrape the cinders.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 34
By Emily Bronte Context
revert
read  v. return to a former condition, practice, subject, or belief; backslide; turn back to
Micawber promptly resumed his letter, glad to revert to a performance with which he was so highly satisfied.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
Reverting for a moment to his former refuge, he observed a cautionary movement of her eyes towards the door.
Hard Times - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
Which, never failing to revert to his kind friends, and the opinion they must long ago have formed of him, were sad indeed.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
revoke
read  v. void or annul by recalling, withdrawing, or reversing; cancel; retract
Sparsit was a Powler, or that I myself am related to the Scadgers family; or if I could even revoke the fact, and make myself a person of common descent and ordinary connexions; I would gladly do so.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
rift
read  n. shallow area in a waterway; break in friendly relations; narrow fissure in rock
A dull wrack was drifting slowly across the sky, and a star or two twinkled dimly here and there through the rifts of the clouds.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Tom got into this and held his candle as far under the rock as he could, but said he could not see to the end of the rift.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 33
By Mark Twain Context
ritual
read  n. procedure for religious ceremonies; any customary practice
roster
read  n. list, especially of names
rostrum
read  n. elevated platform for public speaking; pulpit
rue
read  v. feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for; mourn
rupture
read  n. act of making a sudden noisy break
satire
read  n. form of literature in which irony and ridicule are used to attack human vice and folly
I had not expected him to be, and was not surprised myself; or my observation of similar practical satires would have been but scanty.
David Copperfield - Chapter 61
By Charles Dickens Context
The moment then came when she could scarcely sit longer, and it was like a satire on her patience to remember that Clym could hardly have reached the inn as yet.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
saturate
read  v. soak, fill, or load to capacity; cause to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance
I therefore directed my attention at once to the garden path, which was saturated with recent rain, and would certainly show any footmarks.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
His left arm, rudely bandaged in a shawl, hung heavy and useless at his side; the bandage was saturated with blood.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
Round the doorway the floor was merely sprinkled with rain, and not saturated, which told her that the door had not long been opened.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
scope
read  n. range of one's perceptions, thoughts, or actions; extent; bound
scrutinize
read  v. examine closely and critically
Then he carefully scrutinized the broken and frayed end where it had snapped off when the burglar had dragged it down.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I frowned, and then she glanced towards the master: whose mind was occupied on other subjects than his company, as his countenance evinced; and she grew serious for an instant, scrutinizing him with deep gravity.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 33
By Emily Bronte Context
sear
read  v. make very hot and dry; become superficially burned
He kept drifting to the rear of the schoolhouse, again and again, to sear his eyeballs with the hateful spectacle there.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 18
By Mark Twain Context
secluded
read  a. removed or remote from others; solitary; hidden or isolated
A short walk brought us to a secluded road fringed with pleasant houses, each standing in its own grounds.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Campbell consigned to him, and felt a strong personal interest in his being well cared for, and living a secluded life.
Great Expectations - Chapter 46
By Charles Dickens Context
sector
read  n. particular aspect of life or activity; body of people who form part of society or economy
sediment
read  n. deposit; matter deposited by some natural process
segment
read  n. sector; portion; any of the parts into which something can be divided
It showed the barrow to be the segment of a globe, as perfect as on the day when it was thrown up, even the little ditch remaining from which the earth was dug.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
segregate
read  v. isolate; separate; divide from the main body
simultaneous
read  a. existing, happening, or done at the same time
On the steps of the church, there was the stooping figure of a man, who had put down some burden on the smooth snow, to adjust it; my seeing the face, and my seeing him, were simultaneous.
David Copperfield - Chapter 40
By Charles Dickens Context
skeptical
read  a. marked by or given to doubt; questioning
skirmish
read  n. minor battle in war; minor or preliminary conflict or dispute
slothful
read  a. lazy; disinclined to work or exertion; inactive; sluggish