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 11: Word List - List 2

banal
read  a. obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
bastion
read  n. fortress; projecting part of fortification; well-fortified position
belabor
read  v. discuss repeatedly; attack verbally; work hard upon
blasphemy
read  n. act of claiming for oneself the attributes and rights of God; utterance or writing concerning God or a sacred entity
This, at the time I write, has been proved, I believe, to be the case; but, as it would have been flat blasphemy against the system to have hinted such a doubt then, I looked out for the penitence as diligently as I could.
David Copperfield - Chapter 61
By Charles Dickens Context
Sikes tried a little blasphemy: and finding that mode of treatment wholly ineffectual, called for assistance.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
blithe
read  a. gay; joyous; carefree and lighthearted
On the present festive occasion he emerged from his room, when the blithe bells were going, the picture of misery, in a full suit of Sunday penitentials.
Great Expectations - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
bourgeois
read  a. middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
brevity
read  n. quality or state of being brief in duration; concise expression
Determined that there should be nothing in his conduct towards his mother resembling sullenness, he had occasionally spoken to her on passing matters, and would take no notice of the brevity of her replies.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
broach
read  v. introduce; bring up for discussion or debate; announce
He was still sitting with his elbows upon his knees, considering how he should broach the matter to his daughter when a soft hand was laid upon his, and looking up, he saw her standing beside him.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It seems to me, at this distance of time, as if it were the next day when Peggotty broached the striking and adventurous proposition I am about to mention; but it was probably about two months afterwards.
David Copperfield - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
It had not occurred to me before, that he had led up to the theme for the purpose of clearing it out of our way; but we were so much the lighter and easier for having broached it, that I now perceived this to be the case.
Great Expectations - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
bureaucracy
read  n. over-regulated administrative system
burgeon
read  v. grow forth; send out buds; grow or develop rapidly
burlesque
read  v. give an imitation that ridicules; imitate mockingly or humorously
cadence
read  n. rhythmic rise and fall of words or sounds; beat
cajole
read  v. influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
callow
read  a. youthful; immature; inexperienced; without feathers
candor
read  n. frankness; quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
capricious
read  a. fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
A few slight indications of a rather petted and capricious manner, which I observed in the Beauty, were manifestly considered, by Traddles and his wife, as her birthright and natural endowment.
David Copperfield - Chapter 59
By Charles Dickens Context
I had known, from the time when I could speak, that my sister, in her capricious and violent coercion, was unjust to me.
Great Expectations - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
castigate
read  v. criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
catharsis
read  n. purging or cleansing of any passage of body
catholic
read  a. broadly sympathetic; universal; related to Roman Catholic Church
Well, this dead man had some Catholic emblem round his neck, and that, along with his colour, made me think he was from the South.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
caustic
read  a. capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action
celibacy
read  n. state of being unmarried; single life
This is a way of life which reminds me of the period when I was myself in a state of celibacy, and Mrs. Micawber had not yet been solicited to plight her faith at the Hymeneal altar.
David Copperfield - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
charisma
read  n. divine gift; great popular charm or appeal of political leader
charlatan
read  n. quack; one who pretends to knowledge, skill, or importance
choleric
read  a. hot-tempered; easily angered; bad-tempered; expressing anger
circumspect
read  a. carefully aware of all circumstances; cautious
These were all reasons for the greatest caution and most circumspect behaviour in communicating it to Mrs. Maylie, whose first impulse would infallibly be to hold a conference with the worthy doctor on the subject.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
clemency
read  n. mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
But, morning once more brightened my view, and I extended my clemency to Biddy, and we dropped the subject.
Great Expectations - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
Smith, who, by stating his marriage with a woman of character, as the source of her clemency, gave him reason for believing that had he behaved with honour towards Marianne, he might at once have been happy and rich.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
coalesce
read  v. combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
complicity
read  n. participation; involvement as partner or accomplice, especially in crime or other wrongdoing
concise
read  a. brief and compact; expressing much in few words
In terms of grateful acknowledgment for the kindness of his brother, though expressed most concisely, he then delivered on paper his perfect approbation of all that was done, and his willingness to fulfil the engagements that had been made for him.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
concord
read  n. agreement of opinions; harmonious state of things
concurrent
read  a. simultaneous; coincident; occurring or operating at the same time
Lady Bertram made no objection; and every one concerned in the going was forward in expressing their ready concurrence, excepting Edmund, who heard it all and said nothing.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
conjure
read  v. call on or summon by sacred name or in solemn manner; implore earnestly; practice magical arts
His eyes fairly glittered as he spoke, and he put his hand over his heart and bowed as if to some applauding crowd conjured up by his imagination.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It racked me to recall past happiness and the greater peril there was of conjuring up its apparition, the quicker the thible ran round, and the faster the handfuls of meal fell into the water.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 13
By Emily Bronte Context
connoisseur
read  n. specialist; person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts
consonant
read  a. compatible; harmonious
contingent
read  a. possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual.
My friend Heep has not fixed the positive remuneration at too high a figure, but he has made a great deal, in the way of extrication from the pressure of pecuniary difficulties, contingent on the value of my services; and on the value of those services I pin my faith.
David Copperfield - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context