High School Spelling Words

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Grade 11: Word List - List 7

pivotal
read  a. being of vital or central importance; crucial
platitude
read  n. dullness; insipidity of thought; commonplace statement; lack of originality
plebeian
read  a. crude or coarse; unrefined or coarse in nature or manner; common or vulgar
Pocket to be brought up from her cradle as one who in the nature of things must marry a title, and who was to be guarded from the acquisition of plebeian domestic knowledge.
Great Expectations - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
plethora
read  n. excess; over-fullness in any respect; superabundance
polarize
read  v. split into opposite extremes or camps
postulate
read  n. essential premise; underlying assumption
pragmatic
read  a. practical as opposed to idealistic; concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
precept
read  n. rule or principle prescribing particular action or conduct; authorized direction or order
I am simply applying to ordinary life a few of those precepts of observation and deduction which I advocated in that article.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I did not fail to assure him that I would store these precepts in my mind, though indeed I had no need to do so, for, at the time, they affected me visibly.
David Copperfield - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
Albeit it was as much against the precepts of his school to wonder, as it was against the doctrines of the Gradgrind College.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
preclude
read  v. make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent; eliminate
An union of a different tendency, and precluding the possibility of the other, was soon to be formed in their family.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
And his agitation precluded further speech; he advanced hastily to the entrance, where I made way for him to pass.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 31
By Emily Bronte Context
preeminent
read  a. outstanding; superior to or notable above all others
He was in high spirits, doing everything with happy ease, and preeminent in all the lively turns, quick resources, and playful impudence that could do honour to the game; and the round table was altogether a very comfortable contrast to the steady sobriety and orderly silence of the other.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 25
By Jane Austen Context
premise
read  n. proposition upon which an argument is based; assumption; land and the buildings on it
He was a solicitor and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new premises were ready.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The accidental discovery, just made, that the proprietor of the Temperance Tavern kept liquor on his premises, scarcely fluttered the public pulse, tremendous as the fact was.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 30
By Mark Twain Context
Almost the first remarkable thing I observed in Miss Murdstone was, her being constantly haunted by a suspicion that the servants had a man secreted somewhere on the premises.
David Copperfield - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
pristine
read  a. uncorrupted by civilization; primitive; remaining free from dirt or decay
profuse
read  a. in great quantity or abundance; bountiful; exceedingly liberal
With the departure of the figures the profuse articulations of the women wasted away from her memory; but the accents of the other stayed on.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
prosaic
read  a. dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual
querulous
read  a. habitually complaining; expressing complaint or grievance
Nothing was stirring except a brindled, grey cat, which crept from the ashes, and saluted me with a querulous mew.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 3
By Emily Bronte Context
ramification
read  n. act or process of branching out or dividing into branches; subdivision or branch
My ramifications stretch out into many sections of society, but never, I am happy to say, into amateur sport, which is the best and soundest thing in England.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It had as many ramifications as the Cretan labyrinth, as many fluctuations as the northern lights, as much colour as a parterre in June, and was as crowded with figures as a coronation.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
rebuke
read  v. scold harshly; criticize severely
The invalid complained of being covered with ashes; but he had a tiresome cough, and looked feverish and ill, so I did not rebuke his temper.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 23
By Emily Bronte Context
recalcitrant
read  a. obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority
At first this vague and terrible power was exercised only upon the recalcitrants who, having embraced the Mormon faith, wished afterwards to pervert or to abandon it.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
redolent
read  a. fragrant; odorous; suggestive of odor
refute
read  v. disprove; prove to be false or incorrect
reiterate
read  v. say, state, or perform again or repeatedly
relegate
read  v. assign to obscure place, position, or condition; delegate; assign
relinquish
read  v. give up something with reluctance; retire from; give up or abandon
Quinion that he must relinquish me on the day of his departure, and to give me a high character, which I am sure I deserved.
David Copperfield - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
One thing was manifest to both of us, and that was, that until relief came, neither of us could relinquish the fire.
Great Expectations - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
His fervid nature could not afford to relinquish one of these, though two of the three were as many as he could hope to preserve.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
renaissance
read  n. revival; renewal; revival of learning and culture
renounce
read  v. abandon; disown; turn away from; give up
If you were to renounce this patronage and these favors, I suppose you would do so with some faint hope of one day repaying what you have already had.
Great Expectations - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
Not a sound was audible in the building, but the slight rustle of men moving a little apart, all along the centre of the room, to open a means of passing out, to the man with whom they had all bound themselves to renounce companionship.
Hard Times - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
repercussion
read  n. often indirect effect or result that is produced by an event or action; reflection, especially of sound
reprisal
read  n. action taken in return for injury or offense
reprove
read  v. voice or convey disapproval of; rebuke; find fault with
It was as if I had seen her admiringly and tenderly embracing Dora, and tacitly reproving me, by her considerate protection, for my hot haste in fluttering that little heart.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
Joseph remained to hector over tenants and labourers; and because it was his vocation to be where he had plenty of wickedness to reprove.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 8
By Emily Bronte Context
repudiate
read  v. disown; refuse to acknowledge; reject validity or authority of
But he had not spoken out of his own will and desire; and he felt it in his heart a noble return for his late injurious treatment to be faithful to the last to those who had repudiated him.
Hard Times - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
resolute
read  a. firm, unyielding, or determined; having decided purpose
Beside the driver there sat a man who could not have been more than thirty years of age, but whose massive head and resolute expression marked him as a leader.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
What I had to do, was, to turn the painful discipline of my younger days to account, by going to work with a resolute and steady heart.
David Copperfield - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
She set her hand upon her stick in the resolute way that sometimes was habitual to her, and looked at the fire with a strong expression of forcing herself to attend.
Great Expectations - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
respite
read  n. usually short interval of rest or relief; delay in punishment
Price, coming abroad with a fine family of children, feeling a little respite of her weekly cares, and only discomposed if she saw her boys run into danger, or Rebecca pass by with a flower in her hat.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 42
By Jane Austen Context
reticent
read  a. inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative.
He immediately began to talk to Drummle: not at all deterred by his replying in his heavy reticent way, but apparently led on by it to screw discourse out of him.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
revere
read  v. worship; regard with feelings of respect or honor
Also, on the other hand, that it will never cause him to be applauded as a prophet, revered as a priest, or exalted as a king.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
salient
read  a. prominent or protruding; projecting outwardly; moving by leaps or springs
A faint illumination from its rays began to glow upon her face, and the fire soon revealed itself to be lit, not on the level ground, but on a salient corner or redan of earth, at the junction of two converging bank fences.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
salutary
read  a. tending to improve; beneficial; favorable to health
All this time we, the outsiders, remained oppressed by the tremendous interests involved in the conversation; and our host regarded us with pride, as the victims of a salutary awe and astonishment.
David Copperfield - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
The board, in imitation of so wise and salutary an example, took counsel together on the expediency of shipping off Oliver Twist, in some small trading vessel bound to a good unhealthy port.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context