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 4

espouse
read  v. take in marriage; marry; give one's loyalty or support to; adopt
evanescent
read  a. fleeting; vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor
He had thought he loved her to distraction; he had regarded his passion as adoration; and behold it was only a poor little evanescent partiality.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 3
By Mark Twain Context
My feelings are not quite so evanescent, nor my memory of the past under such easy dominion as one finds to be the case with men of the world.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
exacerbate
read  v. increase severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate
exonerate
read  v. acquit; free from blame; discharge from duty
My state of mind regarding the pilfering from which I had been so unexpectedly exonerated did not impel me to frank disclosure; but I hope it had some dregs of good at the bottom of it.
Great Expectations - Chapter 6
By Charles Dickens Context
expedite
read  v. process fast and efficiently; execute quickly and efficiently
Since such were her feelings, it only remained, he thought, to secure and expedite a marriage, which, in his very first conversation with Wickham, he easily learnt had never been his design.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 52
By Jane Austen Context
facetious
read  a. joking ,often inappropriately; humorous
However, he took affairs as coolly as it was in human nature to do, and entertained himself with the facetious idea of the training more than once.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
But, making Oliver cry, Noah attempted to be more facetious still; and in his attempt, did what many sometimes do to this day, when they want to be funny.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 6
By Charles Dickens Context
faction
read  n. a party of persons having a common end in view
fetter
read  v. restrain with U-shaped bar for ankles or feet; impede; hamper
The shortness of his visit, the steadiness of his purpose in leaving them, originated in the same fettered inclination, the same inevitable necessity of temporizing with his mother.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 19
By Jane Austen Context
fidelity
read  n. faithfulness to obligations, duties, or observances
Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening on the very morning of the wedding.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I can hardly believe, writing now long afterwards, but that I was actually present in these scenes; they are impressed upon me with such an astonishing air of fidelity.
David Copperfield - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
No wisdom on earth could have given me the comfort that I should have derived from their simplicity and fidelity; but I could never, never, undo what I had done.
Great Expectations - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
finesse
read  n. refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling
You slur over work of the utmost finesse and delicacy, in order to dwell upon sensational details which may excite, but cannot possibly instruct, the reader.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
flagrant
read  a. obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous; flaming into notice
It was a dreadful picture of ingratitude and inhumanity; and Anne felt, at some moments, that no flagrant open crime could have been worse.
Persuasion - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
flout
read  v. reject; mock; express contempt for rules by word or action; behave with contempt
foment
read  v. try to stir up public opinion; promote growth of; apply warm lotion to
fortuitous
read  a. accidental; by chance; coming or occurring without any cause
garrulous
read  a. talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
Only when he was alone with Mrs Bolton did he really feel a lord and a master, and his voice ran on with her almost as easily and garrulously as her own could run.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 9
By D H Lawrence Context
grandiose
read  a. impressive from inherent grandeur; large and impressive, in size, scope or extent
gregarious
read  a. sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
guile
read  n. skillful deceit; disposition to deceive or cheat; disguise cunningly
hackneyed
read  a. repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
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
heyday
read  n. period of greatest popularity, success, or power; golden age
hiatus
read  n. gap; interruption in duration or continuity; pause
hierarchy
read  n. arrangement by rank or standing; series in which each element is graded or ranked
hyperbole
read  n. figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis; overstatement
ideology
read  n. study of origin and nature of ideas
idiosyncrasy
read  n. behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
But the mind within was beginning to use it as a mere waste tablet whereon to trace its idiosyncrasies as they developed themselves.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
idyllic
read  a. excellent and delightful in all respects
ignominy
read  n. deep disgrace; shame or dishonor
Ignominy, Want, Despair, and Madness, have, collectively or separately, been the attendants of my career.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
illicit
read  a. illegal; unlawful; not authorized or permitted
impeccable
read  a. faultless; incapable of sin or wrongdoing
impetuous
read  a. marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate
The conservatory doors were standing open, and Rosa Dartle was walking, bareheaded, with a quick, impetuous step, up and down a gravel walk on one side of the lawn.
David Copperfield - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
Her narration was clear and simple; and though it could not be given without emotion, it was not accompanied by violent agitation, nor impetuous grief.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 37
By Jane Austen Context
implement
read  v. put into effect; supply with tools
Sometimes the work was hard; the implements had been designed for human beings and not for animals, and it was a great drawback that no animal was able to use any tool that involved standing on his hind legs.
Animal Farm - Chapter 3
By George Orwell Context
inane
read  a. silly; senseless; unconsciously foolish; void
incense
read  v. enrage; infuriate; cause to be extremely angry
Day after day passed away without bringing any other tidings of him than the report which shortly prevailed in Meryton of his coming no more to Netherfield the whole winter; a report which highly incensed Mrs. Bennet, and which she never failed to contradict as a most scandalous falsehood.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
incisive
read  a. penetrating, clear, and sharp, as in operation or expression
Our visitor glanced with some apparent surprise at the languid, lounging figure of the man who had been no doubt depicted to him as the most incisive reasoner and most energetic agent in Europe.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
incorrigible
read  a. not correctable; difficult or impossible to control or manage
As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has given her notice, but there, again, I fail to see how you work it out.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Under this impression, he secretly resolved to cultivate the good opinion of the old gentleman as quickly as possible; and, if he found the Dodger incorrigible, as he more than half suspected he should, to decline the honour of his farther acquaintance.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context