High School Spelling Words

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Grade 12: Word List - List 8

promiscuous
read  a. having casual sexual relations frequently with different partners; irregular, casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
Considering how many hundreds of statues of the great Emperor must exist in London, it is too much to suppose such a coincidence as that a promiscuous iconoclast should chance to begin upon three specimens of the same bust.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
propitiate
read  v. make peace with; appease and render favorable
As I drew nearer to them, trying to propitiate the tinker by my looks, I observed that the woman had a black eye.
David Copperfield - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
There had been something so tremendous in the shrinking off of the three, that the wretched man was willing to propitiate even this lad.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 50
By Charles Dickens Context
propound
read  v. put forward; offer for consideration or debate
The delight with which Traddles propounded this plan to me, and the sense he had of its uncommon artfulness, are among the freshest things in my remembrance.
David Copperfield - Chapter 34
By Charles Dickens Context
Sikes propounded this question, was not one of those he had tenanted, previous to the Chertsey expedition, although it was in the same quarter of the town, and was situated at no great distance from his former lodgings.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
proscribe
read  v. command against; banish; outlaw
But in a fatal moment, yielding to those propensities and passions, the indulgence of which had so long rendered him a scourge to society, he had quitted his haven of rest and repentance, and had come back to the country where he was proscribed.
Great Expectations - Chapter 56
By Charles Dickens Context
quizzical
read  a. suggesting puzzlement; mocking; curious
ramify
read  v. divide into branches or subdivisions; subordinate branchlike parts
rationale
read  n. fundamental reasons; basis; exposition of principles or reasons
recede
read  v. move back; retreat; withdraw a claim or pretension
As the receding wave swept back with a hoarse roar, it seemed to scoop out deep caves in the beach, as if its purpose were to undermine the earth.
David Copperfield - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
And yet when he had finished, soon over, and lay very very still, receding into silence, and a strange motionless distance, far, farther than the horizon of her awareness, her heart began to weep.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 12
By D H Lawrence Context
renunciation
read  n. sacrificing; giving up; state of having rejected your religious beliefs
She had been undecided, on leaving Dover, whether or no to give the finishing touch to that renunciation of mankind in which she had been educated, by marrying a pilot; but she decided against that venture.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
reparable
read  a. capable of being repaired; admitting of repair
reprobate
read  n. person hardened in sin; person without moral scruples
repugnance
read  n. extreme dislike or aversion; opposition; conflict; resistance, in a physical sense
The abhorrence in which I held the man, the dread I had of him, the repugnance with which I shrank from him, could not have been exceeded if he had been some terrible beast.
Great Expectations - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
They were no sooner gone, than Monks, who appeared to entertain an invincible repugnance to being left alone, called to a boy who had been hidden somewhere below.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
retrench
read  v. cut down; reduce; restrict; economize
I know I cannot live as I have done, but I must retrench where I can, and learn to be a better manager.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
rivulet
read  n. small brook or stream; streamlet
sacrosanct
read  a. regarded as sacred and inviolable
salacious
read  a. lustful; suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
salubrious
read  a. healthful; favorable to health; promoting health; wholesome
His features were pretty yet, and his eye and complexion brighter than I remembered them, though with merely temporary lustre borrowed from the salubrious air and genial sun.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 21
By Emily Bronte Context
satirize
read  v. make object of satire; attack with satire; censure with keenness or severe sarcasm.
sedulous
read  a. diligent; hardworking; persevering and constant in effort or application
Immediately surrounding Mrs Musgrove were the little Harvilles, whom she was sedulously guarding from the tyranny of the two children from the Cottage, expressly arrived to amuse them.
Persuasion - Chapter 14
By Jane Austen Context
seismic
read  a. caused by earthquake or earth vibration; earthshaking
servile
read  a. slavish; suitable to slave or servant; relating to servitude or forced labor
Standing at this table, I became conscious of the servile Pumblechook in a black cloak and several yards of hatband, who was alternately stuffing himself, and making obsequious movements to catch my attention.
Great Expectations - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
They were obsequious and servile and did not presume to talk to their masters as if they were their equals.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 4
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
solder
read  v. repair or unite by using fusible metal alloy, usually tin and lead
sonorous
read  a. having or producing full, loud, or deep sound; impressive in style of speech; easy to feel
His pride in having at any time of his life achieved such a great social distinction as to be a nuisance, an incumbrance, and a pest, was only to be satisfied by three sonorous repetitions of the boast.
Hard Times - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
sordid
read  a. filthy; unethical or dishonest; dirty; foul; morally degraded
So does the eye of Heaven itself become an evil eye, when incapable or sordid hands are interposed between it and the things it looks upon to bless.
Hard Times - Chapter 15
By Charles Dickens Context
I know that of the wretched marriage, into which family pride, and the most sordid and narrowest of all ambition, forced your unhappy father when a mere boy, you were the sole and most unnatural issue.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
And however one might sentimentalize it, this sex business was one of the most ancient, sordid connexions and subjections.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 1
By D H Lawrence Context
tantamount
read  a. equivalent in effect or value
temporize
read  v. act evasively in order to gain time, avoid argument, or postpone a decision
The shortness of his visit, the steadiness of his purpose in leaving them, originated in the same fettered inclination, the same inevitable necessity of temporizing with his mother.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 19
By Jane Austen Context
unctuous
read  a. oily; composed of oil or fat; characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness
unmitigated
read  a. unrelieved or immoderate in intensity or severity; without exception; absolute
Here, all eyes were turned upon Brittles, who fixed his upon the speaker, and stared at him, with his mouth wide open, and his face expressive of the most unmitigated horror.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
The door, however, proved not to be locked, and they were all agreed in turning joyfully through it, and leaving the unmitigated glare of day behind.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 9
By Jane Austen Context