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Grade 12: Word List - List 5

inexhaustible
read  a. incapable of being exhausted, emptied, or used up; unfailing; not to be wasted or spent
Holmes, however, was always in training, for he had inexhaustible stores of nervous energy upon which to draw.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
There remains the inexhaustive realm of abstract forms, and creativity with its shifting character ever determined afresh by its own creatures, and God, upon whose wisdom all forms of order depend.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 16
By D H Lawrence Context
infinity
read  n. unlimited extent of time, space, or quantity; eternity; boundlessness; immensity
One inwardly saw the infinity of those combined multitudes; and perceived that each of the tiny trumpets was seized on entered, scoured and emerged from by the wind as thoroughly as if it were as vast as a crater.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
infusion
read  n. act or process of infusing; introduction of a solution into person through vein for therapeutic purposes
ingenue
read  n. innocent girl or young woman; actress who plays such parts
An ingenuous, transparent life was disclosed, as if the flow of her existence could be seen passing within her.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
But her ingenuity was at work to remedy the injury: while I ironed, or pursued other such stationary employments as I could not well do in the parlour, she would bring some pleasant volume and read it aloud to me.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 32
By Emily Bronte Context
ingratitude
read  n. lack of gratitude; forgetfulness of kindness or favors received
There may be black ingratitude in the thing, and the punishment may be retributive and well deserved; but that it is a miserable thing, I can testify.
Great Expectations - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
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
innumerable
read  a. countless; numerous
Innumerable women who staggered along under burdens, and children who toddled beside the waggons or peeped out from under the white coverings.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I have such innumerable presents from him that it is quite impossible for me to value or for him to remember half.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 26
By Jane Austen Context
Gusts in innumerable series followed each other from the northwest, and when each one of them raced past the sound of its progress resolved into three.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
inroad
read  n. entrance of an enemy into a country with purposes of hostility; sudden or desultory incursion or invasion; raid; encroachment
insolence
read  n. scornful treatment; insulting speech or conduct
He had taken little or no wine; and I presume it was the mere insolence of triumph that was upon him, flushed perhaps by the temptation my presence furnished to its exhibition.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
She knew him; she saw disdain in his eye, and could not venture to believe that he had determined to accept such an offering, as an atonement for all the insolence of the past.
Persuasion - Chapter 22
By Jane Austen Context
The studied indifference, insolence, and discontent of her husband gave her no pain; and when he scolded or abused her, she was highly diverted.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
integrate
read  v. make whole; combine; make into one unit
Their marriage, their integrated life based on a habit of intimacy, that he talked about: there were days when it all became utterly blank and nothing.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 5
By D H Lawrence Context
interlocutor
read  n. one who speaks in dialogue or takes part in conversation
inure
read  v. apply in use; use or accustom till no pain or inconvenience; harden; habituate
invidious
read  a. designed to create ill will or envy
irksome
read  a. causing annoyance, weariness, or vexation; tedious
Yates must have been irksome; but of him, trifling and confident, idle and expensive, it was every way vexatious.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
Collins, to be sure, was neither sensible nor agreeable; his society was irksome, and his attachment to her must be imaginary.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 22
By Jane Austen Context
While he was yet nearly a mile from the house his mother exhibited signs of restlessness under the constraint of being borne along, as if his arms were irksome to her.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
irradiate
read  v. expose to radiation; cast rays of light upon
He stands before me again, his bluff hairy face irradiating with a joyful love and pride, for which I can find no description.
David Copperfield - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
She turned, being then in the brightness of a lamp; and raising her hood a little, showed a quiet oval face, dark and rather delicate, irradiated by a pair of very gentle eyes, and further set off by the perfect order of her shining black hair.
Hard Times - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
jaded
read  a. fatigued dulled by surfeit; exhausted; worn out; wearied
Early in the forenoon parties of jaded men began to straggle into the village, but the strongest of the citizens continued searching.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 30
By Mark Twain Context
There was an air of jaded sullenness in them both, and particularly in the girl: yet, struggling through the dissatisfaction of her face, there was a light with nothing to rest upon, a fire with nothing to burn, a starved imagination keeping life in itself somehow, which brightened its expression.
Hard Times - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens Context
jocular
read  a. humorous, amusing or joking; sportive; not serious
She did it gloomily until she came to ten, but when she got into two figures she became more hopeful, and, as the time advanced, even jocular.
David Copperfield - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
James Harthouse passed a whole night and a day in a state of so much hurry, that the World, with its best glass in his eye, would scarcely have recognized him during that insane interval, as the brother Jem of the honourable and jocular member.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
judicious
read  a. exhibiting good judgment or sound thinking; prudent
So successful a watch and ward had been established over the young lady by this judicious parent, that she had grown up highly ornamental, but perfectly helpless and useless.
Great Expectations - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
Catherine, also, deemed it judicious to moderate her expressions of pleasure in receiving him; and he gradually established his right to be expected.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 10
By Emily Bronte Context
jurisprudence
read  n. philosophy or science of law; division or department of law
lackadaisical
read  a. lacking purpose or zest; halfhearted; lacking spirit or liveliness
There is no doubt whatever that I was a lackadaisical young spooney; but there was a purity of heart in all this, that prevents my having quite a contemptuous recollection of it, let me laugh as I may.
David Copperfield - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
languor
read  n. feeling of lack of interest or energy; depression
But his languor altogether was quite a wonderful sight; except when he addressed himself to his cousin Annie.
David Copperfield - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
He was still a pale young gentleman, and had a certain conquered languor about him in the midst of his spirits and briskness, that did not seem indicative of natural strength.
Great Expectations - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
There was no carelessness, no languor, no idle curiosity; none of the many shades of indifference to be seen in all other assemblies, visible for one moment there.
Hard Times - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
laxative
read  a. having a tendency to loosen or relax.
lethargy
read  n. inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
He entered with a weariness and lethargy which was even more painful than his violence of the morning before, and he dropped heavily into the armchair which I pushed forward for him.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
That proposal, unexpectedly, roused Linton from his lethargy, and threw him into a strange state of agitation.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 26
By Emily Bronte Context