High School Spelling Words

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Grade 11: Word List - List 6

nebulous
read  a. lacking definite form or limits; hazy; cloudy
She was enabled to avoid puddles by the nebulous paleness which signified their presence, though beside anything less dark than the heath they themselves would have appeared as blackness.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
nefarious
read  a. very wicked; infamous by being extremely wicked
nepotism
read  n. favoring of relatives or friends because of their relationship rather than their abilities
nostalgia
read  n. homesickness; bittersweet longing for things of past.
novel
read  a. previously unknown; strikingly new, unusual, or different; young
To have all those noble Romans alive before me, and walking in and out for my entertainment, instead of being the stern taskmasters they had been at school, was a most novel and delightful effect.
David Copperfield - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
However novel and peculiar this testimony of attachment, I did not doubt the accuracy of the interpretation.
Great Expectations - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
noxious
read  a. harmful to living things; injurious to health
nuance
read  n. subtle or slight degree of difference; small difference in meaning
obdurate
read  a. hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion
But he looked such a very obdurate butcher as he stood scraping the great block in the shop, and moreover, his appearance was so little improved by the loss of a front tooth which I had knocked out, that I thought it best to make no advances.
David Copperfield - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
Catherine, by instinct, must have divined it was obdurate perversity, and not dislike, that prompted this dogged conduct; for, after remaining an instant undecided, she stooped and impressed on his cheek a gentle kiss.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 32
By Emily Bronte Context
officious
read  a. marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others
I was heavier at heart when I packed up such of my books and clothes as still remained there to be sent to Dover, than I cared to show to Uriah Heep; who was so officious to help me, that I uncharitably thought him mighty glad that I was going.
David Copperfield - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
onerous
read  a. burdensome or oppressive; not easily borne; wearing
orthodox
read  a. traditional; conservative in belief; adhering to established faith, especially in religion
Indeed, it is a question if the exclusive reign of this orthodox beauty is not approaching its last quarter.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
ostentatious
read  a. showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
pacify
read  v. ease anger or agitation of; make calm or quiet; end war or violence
This promise poorly pacified her; but time was more potent; and though still at intervals she inquired of her father when Linton would return, before she did see him again his features had waxed so dim in her memory that she did not recognise him.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 21
By Emily Bronte Context
palpable
read  a. tangible; easily perceptible; unmistakable
paltry
read  a. insignificant; lacking in importance or worth; worthless
panacea
read  n. remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all
paradigm
read  n. one that serves as a pattern or model; system of assumptions, concepts, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality
paradox
read  n. something apparently contradictory in nature; statement that looks false but is actually correct
parody
read  n. work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony; make fun of
patent
read  a. open for the public to read; obvious; plain
patriarch
read  n. father and ruler of family or tribe
Gradgrind, emerged from the shadow in which man walketh and disquieteth himself in vain, took upon her the dread solemnity of the sages and patriarchs.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
We thought a bolt had fallen in the middle of us; and Joseph swung on to his knees, beseeching the Lord to remember the patriarchs Noah and Lot, and, as in former times, spare the righteous, though he smote the ungodly.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 9
By Emily Bronte Context
patrician
read  a. belong to noble origin; having high birth
We articled clerks, as germs of the patrician order of proctors, were treated with so much consideration, that I was almost my own master at all times.
David Copperfield - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
With a large allowance for difference of tastes, and with all submission to the patricians of Coketown, this seemed so extraordinary a source of interest to take so much trouble about, that it perplexed him.
Hard Times - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
paucity
read  n. scarcity; smallness of number; fewness
peccadillo
read  n. slight offense; small sin or fault
pedantic
read  a. marked by narrow focus on or display of learning, especially formal rules and trivial points
Mary had neither genius nor taste; and though vanity had given her application, it had given her likewise a pedantic air and conceited manner, which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
pedestrian
read  a. lacking wit or imagination; ordinary
The roadway was blocked with the immense stream of commerce flowing in a double tide inward and outward, while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of pedestrians.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Whenever she was particularly discomposed, she always performed one of these pedestrian feats; and the amount of her discomposure might always be estimated by the duration of her walk.
David Copperfield - Chapter 40
By Charles Dickens Context
The window, whence the candlelight had shone up the vale to the eyes of the bonfire group, was uncurtained, but the sill lay too high for a pedestrian on the outside to look over it into the room.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
pejorative
read  a. tending to make or become worse; disparaging or belittling
penchant
read  n. strong inclination; definite liking
penitent
read  a. feeling or expressing deep regret for misdeeds
As to the washerwoman pawning the clothes, and coming in a state of penitent intoxication to apologize, I suppose that might have happened several times to anybody.
David Copperfield - Chapter 44
By Charles Dickens Context
When my ablutions were completed, I was put into clean linen of the stiffest character, like a young penitent into sackcloth, and was trussed up in my tightest and fearfullest suit.
Great Expectations - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
He expressed no regret for what he had done which satisfied her; his style was not penitent, but haughty.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 36
By Jane Austen Context
peremptory
read  a. offensively self-assured; dictatorial; not allowing contradiction or refusal
However much astonished I might be, I was sensible that I had no right to refuse compliance with such a peremptory command.
David Copperfield - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
No plan offered itself: the very exhibition of any desire to keep him would have rendered the claimant more peremptory: there was nothing left but to resign him.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 19
By Emily Bronte Context
perennial
read  n. lasting indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal; remaining active throughout all the time
periphery
read  n. edge, especially of a round surface; surface of a solid; circumference
permeate
read  v. spread or flow throughout; pervade
Probably as many as fifty were thus inserted, some into the head of the wax model, some into the shoulders, some into the trunk, some upwards through the soles of the feet, till the figure was completely permeated with pins.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
pernicious
read  a. very destructive; tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly
That, perhaps, in short, this Prerogative Office of the diocese of Canterbury was altogether such a pestilent job, and such a pernicious absurdity, that but for its being squeezed away in a corner of St.Paul's Churchyard.
David Copperfield - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
perturb
read  v. disturb greatly; make uneasy or anxious; throw into great confusion
It was indeed our visitor of the afternoon who came bustling in, dangling his glasses more vigorously than ever, and with a very perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He was somewhat perturbed, and his manner of informing Thomasin that he was going on a journey was in itself sufficient to rouse her suspicions.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context