High School Spelling Words

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Grade 11: Word List - List 3

convivial
read  a. festive; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
Spirits were produced, in consequence of one of the young ladies complaining of a coldness in her inside; and the conversation took a very convivial and improving turn.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
copious
read  a. plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply
Dinner over, we produced a bundle of pens, a copious supply of ink, and a goodly show of writing and blotting paper.
Great Expectations - Chapter 34
By Charles Dickens Context
The vehemence of my agitation brought on a copious bleeding at the nose, and still Heathcliff laughed, and still I scolded.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 2
By Emily Bronte Context
covert
read  a. secretive, not openly shown
After stooping to put the bottle on the ground, he looked up at the windows, and looked about; though with a covert and impatient air, as if he was anxious to be gone.
David Copperfield - Chapter 47
By Charles Dickens Context
criterion
read  n. standard of judging; any approved or established rule or test
culminate
read  v. reach the highest or most decisive point; rise to summit
For this reason I will now lay before the reader the facts connected with Miss Violet Smith, the solitary cyclist of Charlington, and the curious sequel of our investigation, which culminated in unexpected tragedy.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The storm culminated in one matchless effort that seemed likely to tear the island to pieces, burn it up, drown it to the treetops, blow it away, and deafen every creature in it, all at one and the same moment.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 16
By Mark Twain Context
dearth
read  n. scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops
debauchery
read  n. corruption of fidelity; seduction from virtue, duty, or allegiance; excessive indulgence of the appetites
decimate
read  v. destroy or kill a large part of; select by lot and kill one in every ten of
deference
read  n. willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect
But you have now shewn me that you can be wilful and perverse; that you can and will decide for yourself, without any consideration or deference for those who have surely some right to guide you, without even asking their advice.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 32
By Jane Austen Context
She felt that he had every thing to elevate him which general attention and deference, and especially the attention of all the young women, could do.
Persuasion - Chapter 8
By Jane Austen Context
I assure you, that if Darcy were not such a great tall fellow, in comparison with myself, I should not pay him half so much deference.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
definitive
read  a. final; complete; precisely defined or explicit
She did not know what she was looking for, or at, very definitely, yet she moved the lamp till it shone full on her.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
deleterious
read  a. having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
delineate
read  v. portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out
Willoughby was all that her fancy had delineated in that unhappy hour and in every brighter period, as capable of attaching her; and his behaviour declared his wishes to be in that respect as earnest, as his abilities were strong.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
delude
read  v. deceive mind or judgment of; lead from truth or into error; frustrate or disappoint
Clair had been deluded when, with a cry, she sprang at a small deal box which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Catherine we would fain have deluded yet; but her own quick spirit refused to delude her: it divined in secret, and brooded on the dreadful probability, gradually ripening into certainty.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 27
By Emily Bronte Context
demagogue
read  n. person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader of people
denizen
read  n. inhabitant or resident; regular visitor
The denizens of the forest cannot, of course, expect to participate in the refinements of the land of the Free.
David Copperfield - Chapter 57
By Charles Dickens Context
Sometimes this throat uttered Yes, sometimes it uttered No; sometimes it made inquiries about a time worn denizen of the place.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
depravity
read  n. extreme corruption or degradation; wickedness
Still I recognized that justice must be done, and that the depravity of the victim was no condonment 11 in the eyes of the law.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
destitute
read  a. extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid
The hungry and destitute situation of the infant orphan was duly reported by the workhouse authorities to the parish authorities.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
dissipate
read  v. spend or expend wastefully; vanish by dispersion; drive away; disperse
docile
read  a. obedient; ready and willing to be taught; easily managed or handled
dogmatic
read  a. stubbornly adhering to insufficiently proven beliefs; inflexible, rigid
This sort of nose is usually a short and coarse one, but there is a sufficient number of exceptions to prevent me from being dogmatic or from insisting upon this point in my description.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He stated that his discourses to people were to be sometimes secular, and sometimes religious, but never dogmatic; and that his texts would be taken from all kinds of books.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
eclectic
read  a. composed of elements from a variety of sources
edify
read  v. instruct or correct, especially so as to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement
The sound of our pens going refreshed us exceedingly, insomuch that I sometimes found it difficult to distinguish between this edifying business proceeding and actually paying the money.
Great Expectations - Chapter 34
By Charles Dickens Context
egocentric
read  a. caring only about oneself; selfish; self-centered
elicit
read  v. draw out; bring forth or to light; generate or provoke as response or answer
Sherlock Holmes listened with attention to the long report which I was able to present to him that evening, but it did not elicit that word of curt praise which I had hoped for and should have valued.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Dick again, who joined us, and looked as wise as he could when she requested him to attend to my story, which she elicited from me, gradually, by a course of questions.
David Copperfield - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
It would have rankled in me more than it did, if I had not regarded myself as eliciting it by being so set apart for her and assigned to her.
Great Expectations - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
elusive
read  a. difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind
eminent
read  a. standing out above other things; high in rank, office, or worth
When you have finished, come downstairs with me, and I will introduce you to a detective who is a very eminent specialist in the work that lies before us.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
There, round the long table, sat half a dozen farmers and half a dozen of the more eminent pigs, Napoleon himself occupying the seat of honour at the head of the table.
Animal Farm - Chapter 10
By George Orwell Context
I had been very happy there, I had a great attachment for the Doctor, and I was eminent and distinguished in that little world.
David Copperfield - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
emulate
read  v. be a match or counterpart for; eager to equal or excel
engender
read  v. cause; bring into existence; give rise to
A new fear had been engendered in my mind by his narrative; or rather, his narrative had given form and purpose to the fear that was already there.
Great Expectations - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
Bumble wiped from his forehead the perspiration which his walk had engendered, glanced complacently at the cocked hat, and smiled.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
enigma
read  n. puzzle; difficult problem
There was nothing else left to do; after that he would allow the enigma to drop into the abyss of undiscoverable things.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
ephemeral
read  a. short-lived; enduring a very short time
These tinctured the silent bosom of the clouds above them and lit up their ephemeral caves, which seemed thenceforth to become scalding caldrons.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
epitome
read  n. representative or perfect example of a class or type; brief summary, as of a book or article
Harthouse professed himself in the highest degree instructed and refreshed, by this condensed epitome of the whole Coketown question.
Hard Times - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
equanimity
read  n. calmness of temperament; steadiness of mind under stress.
Holmes had recovered his equanimity, though I still seemed to detect gleams of amusement in his expression.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
She was silently weeping, and he lay with her and went into her there on the hearthrug, and so they gained a measure of equanimity.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 14
By D H Lawrence Context
This attack was a more serious matter than the last, and it was some time before Wildeve recovered his equanimity.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
equitable
read  a. marked by or having equity; just and impartial
All Huntingdon exclaimed on the greatness of the match, and her uncle, the lawyer, himself, allowed her to be at least three thousand pounds short of any equitable claim to it.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 1
By Jane Austen Context
equivocal
read  a. open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead
Elizabeth saw directly that her father had not the smallest intention of yielding; but his answers were at the same time so vague and equivocal, that her mother, though often disheartened, had never yet despaired of succeeding at last.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 39
By Jane Austen Context
erudite
read  a. learned; scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from books