High School Spelling Words

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Grade 12: Word List - List 4

entreaty
read  n. treatment; reception; entertainment
She was about to renew her entreaties when a door slammed overhead, and the sound of several footsteps was heard upon the stairs.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
A timely observation of the sense of power that there was in his face, did more to bring back to my remembrance the entreaty of Agnes, in its full force, than any effort I could have made.
David Copperfield - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
The reasons for this alteration were at the same time related, and they were such as to make further entreaty on his side impossible.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 12
By Jane Austen Context
espy
read  v. catch sight of; glimpse; discover at a distance
exalted
read  a. superior; elevated in rank, character, or status; of high moral or intellectual value
Simon marriage, and its curious termination, have long ceased to be a subject of interest in those exalted circles in which the unfortunate bridegroom moves.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
For frivolity and jokes and spotted tights were an offense, when they intruded themselves upon a spirit that was exalted into the vague august realm of the romantic.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 8
By Mark Twain Context
In the excited and exalted state of my brain, I could not think of a place without seeing it, or of persons without seeing them.
Great Expectations - Chapter 53
By Charles Dickens Context
execrable
read  a. very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
The trouble is, however, the execrable Bertha Coutts has not confined herself to her own experiences and sufferings.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
exegesis
read  n. explanation; interpretation, especially of biblical or religious text
expatriate
read  n. someone who has withdrawn from his native land
expressive
read  a. demonstrative; indicative
Distinctly as I recollect her look, I cannot say of what it was expressive, I cannot even say of what it is expressive to me now, rising again before my older judgement.
David Copperfield - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
Camilla laid her hand upon her heaving bosom, that lady assumed an unnatural fortitude of manner which I supposed to be expressive of an intention to drop and choke when out of view, and kissing her hand to Miss Havisham, was escorted forth.
Great Expectations - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
extort
read  v. obtain from another by coercion; get money by threats
To prove to you that I am disposed to trust you, I tell you without reserve, that we propose to extort the secret, whatever it may be, from the fear of this man Monks.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 46
By Charles Dickens Context
Both gentlemen had a glance at Fanny, to see if a word of accordant praise could be extorted from her; yet both feeling that it could not be.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 34
By Jane Austen Context
extradition
read  n. surrender of prisoner by one state to another; delivery by one state to another
extrude
read  v. force or push out; drive away; displace or remove, as a person from a place or office
felicity
read  n. great happiness; pleasing and appropriate manner or style
Anne could do no more; but her heart prophesied some mischance to damp the perfection of her felicity.
Persuasion - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
I shall not lose you so soon, and Edward will have greater opportunity of improving that natural taste for your favourite pursuit which must be so indispensably necessary to your future felicity.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
ferocity
read  n. savage wildness or fierceness; fury; cruelty
His head was horribly injured, and the whole room bore witness to the savage ferocity of the blow which had struck him down.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I wish he could have witnessed the horrible avidity with which Oliver tore the bits asunder with all the ferocity of famine.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
He delighted to witness Hindley degrading himself past redemption; and became daily more notable for savage sullenness and ferocity.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 8
By Emily Bronte Context
fervid
read  a. extremely hot; eager; impassioned; burning
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
filial
read  a. having or assuming relationship of child or offspring to parent
They accepted everything that they were told about the Rebellion and the principles of Animalism, especially from Clover, for whom they had an almost filial respect; but it was doubtful whether they understood very much of it.
Animal Farm - Chapter 10
By George Orwell Context
flaccid
read  a. acting in strength, firmness, or resilience
flamboyant
read  a. elaborately or excessively ornamented
flimsy
read  a. weak; feeble; limp; slight; vain; without strength or solidity
forswear
read  v. renounce or deny something, especially under oath; swear falsely, usually under pressure
To have lost the godlike conceit that we may do what we will, and not to have acquired a homely zest for doing what we can, shows a grandeur of temper which cannot be objected to in the abstract, for it denotes a mind that, though disappointed, forswears compromise.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
forthright
read  a. directly ahead; straightforward
grisly
read  a. frightfully; terribly; inspiring horror
He did not gather his eyebrows together, for he had none worth mentioning; but he frowned to that degree that he almost closed his small eyes, while the hurried raising of his grisly hand to his chin betrayed some trepidation or surprise.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
In the very experience of the nothingness of life, phase after phase, ├ętape after ├ętape, there was a certain grisly satisfaction.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 6
By D H Lawrence Context
heterogeneous
read  a. consisting of dissimilar elements or parts; completely different
ineffable
read  a. unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech