High School Spelling Words

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Grade 12: Word List - List 3

corporeal
read  a. bodily; of a material nature; tangible
At such time, a mortal knows just enough of what his mind is doing, to form some glimmering conception of its mighty powers, its bounding from earth and spurning time and space, when freed from the restraint of its corporeal associate.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
corpulent
read  a. very fat; large in body; overweight
debilitate
read  v. make weak; enfeeble; impair the strength of
demagnetize
read  v. make nonmagnetic; take away the magnetic properties; erase
deportment
read  n. manner of deporting or demeaning one's self; manner of acting; conduct; carriage
He maintained a hard, careless deportment, indicative of neither joy nor sorrow: if anything, it expressed a flinty gratification at a piece of difficult work successfully executed.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 17
By Emily Bronte Context
deposition
read  n. testimony under oath; act of depositing, especially laying down of matter by natural process
There were only a couple of women in the dock, who were nodding to their admiring friends, while the clerk read some depositions to a couple of policemen and a man in plain clothes who leant over the table.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
depreciation
read  n. devaluation; decrease in price or value
He carried his head on one side, partly in modest depreciation of himself, partly in modest propitiation of everybody else.
David Copperfield - Chapter 1
By Charles Dickens Context
In a sulky triumph, Drummle showed his morose depreciation of the rest of us, in a more and more offensive degree, until he became downright intolerable.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
derelict
read  a. left and abandoned; negligent in performing a duty
derivative
read  a. unoriginal; derived from another source
desultory
read  a. aimless; haphazard; at random; not connected with subject
Our client appeared to have taken fresh heart at the little glimpse of hope which had been presented to him, and he even broke into a desultory chat with me over his business affairs.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
She entreated that there might be no more searching; but it was still sought for, in a desultory way, until she was quite well, and the company took their departure.
David Copperfield - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
She did not speak many words; and as for him, something had been just done and some words had been just said on the hill which prevented him from beginning a desultory chat.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
disquiet
read  v. make uneasy or anxious; trouble
To a man who is struggling with a complicated burden of perplexity and disquiet, such a reception is trying, I assure you.
David Copperfield - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
disrepute
read  n. discredit; dishonor; the state of being held in low esteem
diversity
read  n. point or respect in which things differ; difference
Nancy quickly brought a bottle from a cupboard, in which there were many: which, to judge from the diversity of their appearance, were filled with several kinds of liquids.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
dogma
read  n. belief; doctrine
dowdy
read  a. lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby; old-fashioned
ductile
read  a. easily influenced; flexible; pliable
ebullient
read  a. showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
eccentricity
read  n. oddity; departure from that which is stated, regular, or usual; deviation from center
After all, if these people had strange fads and expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were at least ready to pay for their eccentricity.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
There are some trees, Watson, which grow to a certain height, and then suddenly develop some unsightly eccentricity.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
elevation
read  n. altitude; height
He had toiled painfully down the ravine, and on to this little elevation, in the vain hope of seeing some signs of water.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Words were insufficient for the elevation of his feelings; and he was obliged to walk about the room, while Elizabeth tried to unite civility and truth in a few short sentences.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 38
By Jane Austen Context
Their path was not over Rainbarrow now, but down a valley which left that ancient elevation a little to the east.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
empirical
read  a. derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
encomium
read  n. high praise; formal expression of praise; tribute
Micawber roused me from this reflection, which was blended with a certain remorseful apprehension of seeing Steerforth himself, by bestowing many encomiums on the absent Littimer as a most respectable fellow, and a thoroughly admirable servant.
David Copperfield - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
entomology
read  n. study of insects; branch of zoology which treats of insects