6th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 6: Vocabulary - List 2

blunderspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. serious mistake typically caused by ignorance or confusion
The task was done, not free from further blunders; but the pupil claimed a reward, and received at least five kisses; which, however, he generously returned.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 32
By Emily Bronte Context
He had remained in Shropshire, lamenting the blindness of his own pride, and the blunders of his own calculations, till at once released from Louisa by the astonishing and felicitous intelligence of her engagement with Benwick.
Persuasion - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
bluntspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having a dull edge or end; not sharp; lacking in feeling; insensitive
It is a Yorkshire habit to say what you think with blunt frankness, and old Ben Weatherstaff was a Yorkshire moor man.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 4
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
She had been struck with something blunt and heavy, on the head and spine; after the blows were dealt, something heavy had been thrown down at her with considerable violence, as she lay on her face.
Great Expectations - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
blusterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. blow in heavy gusts; speak in a loudly arrogant or bullying manner
Bounderby carried it off in these terms, holding the door open for the company to depart, there was a blustering sheepishness upon him, at once extremely crestfallen and superlatively absurd.
Hard Times - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
bonanzaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. boom; rich mine, vein, or pocket of ore; sudden opportunity to make money
bonusspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an extra dividend to the shareholders; money paid in addition to a stated compensation
boycottspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. refrain from buying or using
brawlspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. fight; noisy quarrel or fight; loud party
It was during one of these brawls that Stuart Tarleton had shot Cade Calvert and Tony Fontaine had shot Brent.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 1
By Margaret Mitche Context
breachspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. breaking of contract or duty
There was little difficulty in entering the grounds, for unrepaired breaches gaped in the old park wall.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
If, as I imagine, there is no breach of the law in this matter, you can absolutely depend upon my discretion and my cooperation in keeping the facts out of the papers.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Between these two proud persons, mother and son, there is a wider breach than before, and little hope of its healing, for they are one at heart, and time makes each more obstinate and imperious.
David Copperfield - Chapter 46
By Charles Dickens Context
briskspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by speed, liveliness, and vigor; energetic; swift; keen or sharp in speech or manner
The founder of that great emporium proved to be a brisk, crisp little person, very dapper and quick, with a clear head and a ready tongue.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Yet this emaciation seemed to be his natural habit, and due to no disease, for his eye was bright, his step brisk, and his bearing assured.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Although Oliver did as he was desired, at once; and passed the back of his unoccupied hand briskly across his eyes, he left a tear in them when he looked up at his conductor.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
buffetspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. table with food set out for people to serve themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set out
It seemed to me that he took all blows and buffets now with just the same air as he had taken mine then.
Great Expectations - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
calculatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. compute; determine; estimate
Once received, it is a haunting idea; how many undesigning persons I suspected of watching me, it would be hard to calculate.
Great Expectations - Chapter 46
By Charles Dickens Context
During the whole of that day they struggled on through the defiles, and by evening they calculated that they were more than thirty miles from their enemies.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
After some words apart between the last comer and Fagin, they drew their chairs towards the fire; and the Jew, telling Oliver to come and sit by him, led the conversation to the topics most calculated to interest his hearers.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
cannibalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. human being that eats human flesh; anything that devours its own kind
His hair and clothes were whitened with snow, and his sharp cannibal teeth, revealed by cold and wrath, gleamed through the dark.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 17
By Emily Bronte Context
capablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having the ability required for a specific task
The place deserves it, and you will find yourself not satisfied with much less than it is capable of.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 25
By Jane Austen Context
My friend was an enthusiastic musician, being himself not only a very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
She was persuaded to believe the engagement a wrong thing: indiscreet, improper, hardly capable of success, and not deserving it.
Persuasion - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
capacityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. mental or physical ability; ability to accommodate
With the brow of a philosopher above and the jaw of a sensualist below, the man must have started with great capacities for good or for evil.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
But everyone worked according to his capacity The hens and ducks, for instance, saved five bushels of corn at the harvest by gathering up the stray grains.
Animal Farm - Chapter 3
By George Orwell Context
If all her capacity to feel had not been utterly exhausted, something in her would have protested against the plan taking form in her mind, for she hated Rhett as she hated no other person in all the world.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 32
By Margaret Mitche Context
captivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. prisoner taken by force; one kept in power of another; one charmed or subdued by beauty, excellence, or affection
The candle was relit, and there was our wretched captive, shivering and cowering in the grasp of the detective.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Again, the dreaded Sunday comes round, and I file into the old pew first, like a guarded captive brought to a condemned service.
David Copperfield - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
captivityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. prison; confinement; state of being a prisoner
Presently a vagrant poodle dog came idling along, sad at heart, lazy with the summer softness and the quiet, weary of captivity, sighing for change.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 5
By Mark Twain Context
Micawber was accompanied by myself, and by little Wilkins and his sister, and by the twins, they did not receive him with that ardour which he might have expected, being so newly released from captivity.
David Copperfield - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
cargospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. freight carried by a ship, an aircraft, or another vehicle
So Giovanni was already devoted to his ladies, as he had been devoted to cargoes of ladies in the past.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
He disappeared, and presently returned with the wagon, put the two small sacks into it, threw some old rags on top of them, and started off, dragging his cargo behind him.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 33
By Mark Twain Context
At the onset of the war, he had emerged from obscurity with enough money to buy a small swift boat and now, when blockaded goods realized two thousand per cent on each cargo, he owned four boats.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 12
By Margaret Mitche Context
cautiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. conservative; careful to avoid potential problems or dangers
He had played nearly every day at one club or other, but he was a cautious player, and usually rose a winner.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Quiet and complacent, Clifford sat at the wheel of adventure: in his old black hat and tweed jacket, motionless and cautious.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 13
By D H Lawrence Context
Then she heard his cautious feet on the front steps and his stealthy tread as he entered the hall and she knew that escape was cut off.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 26
By Margaret Mitche Context
celebrityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a widely known person; the state of being well known
Here, on the left hand, there stands a shop window filled with photographs of the celebrities and beauties of the day.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Thus the congregation on Christmas morning is mostly a Tussaud collection of celebrities who have been born in the neighbourhood.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
ceremonyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. formal act or set of acts performed as prescribed by ritual or custom
Sikes then seized the terrified boy by the collar with very little ceremony; and all three were quickly inside the house.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
Peggotty was resolved that it should be quietly done; and the clerk had given her away, and there had been no witnesses of the ceremony.
David Copperfield - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
I began to say that I hoped I was not interrupting, when the clerk shoved this gentleman out with as little ceremony as I ever saw used, and tossing his fur cap out after him, left me alone.
Great Expectations - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
chantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. utter with a melodious voice; celebrate in song; make melody with the voice
Somehow she was sorry for him and did not want him to lie awake, so she leaned against the bed and began to stroke and pat his hand and sing a very low little chanting song in Hindustani.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 13
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
checkeredspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. divided into squares; diversified in color; marked by great changes or shifts in fortune
cherishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. harbor; treasure; treat with affection and tenderness; hold dear
Price could no longer afford to cherish pride or resentment, or to lose one connexion that might possibly assist her.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 1
By Jane Austen Context
It is a world of disappointment: often to the hopes we most cherish, and hopes that do our nature the greatest honour.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
If Louisa Musgrove would be beautiful and happy in her November of life, she will cherish all her present powers of mind.
Persuasion - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
civilianspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or relating to nonmilitary life
To make matters worse, a vague distrust of those in high places had begun to creep over the civilian population.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 16
By Margaret Mitche Context
clammyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having the quality of being viscous or adhesive; soft and sticky; glutinous; damp and adhesive
Now, for the first time, the deep stillness of the place laid a clammy hand upon the spirits of the children.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 31
By Mark Twain Context
Her legs were leaden, trembling with fatigue and strain, and she shivered with cold from the clammy sweat that soaked her body.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 22
By Margaret Mitche Context
The mud lay thick upon the stones, and a black mist hung over the streets; the rain fell sluggishly down, and everything felt cold and clammy to the touch.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
classifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. declare unavailable, as for security reasons; arrange or order by classes or categories
coincidespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. occur at the same time as; correspond
I had hoped that our sentiments coincided in every particular, but I must so far differ from you as to think our two youngest daughters uncommonly foolish.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 7
By Jane Austen Context
collidespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. bump; come into conflict or opposition; conflict
colossalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of extraordinary size; huge; gigantic
It opened into the house, where the females were already astir; Zillah urging flakes of flame up the chimney with a colossal bellows; and Mrs.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 3
By Emily Bronte Context
Yet, instead of blaming herself for the issue she laid the fault upon the shoulders of some indistinct, colossal Prince of the World, who had framed her situation and ruled her lot.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
commendspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. commit, entrust, or give in charge for care or preservation; recommend as worthy of confidence or regard
I showed him over the establishment, not omitting the pantry, with no little pride, and he commended it highly.
David Copperfield - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
The neatness and propriety of her dress was all that he would allow himself to commend in her presence, but upon her leaving the room again soon afterwards, he spoke of her beauty with very decided praise.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 28
By Jane Austen Context
competingspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. engaging in a contest; being in the state of competition, often unintentionally
But for a woman to leave the protection of her home and venture out into the rough world of men, competing with them in business, rubbing shoulders with them, being exposed to insult and gossip.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 36
By Margaret Mitche Context
composespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. write; create; make or create by putting together parts or elements
I then walked slowly down the garden path, which happened to be composed of a clay soil, peculiarly suitable for taking impressions.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 14
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Micawber, about this time, composed a petition to the House of Commons, praying for an alteration in the law of imprisonment for debt.
David Copperfield - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
He put his pipe back in his mouth with an undisturbed expression of face, and sat as composed and contented as if we were already out of England.
Great Expectations - Chapter 54
By Charles Dickens Context
concealspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. keep from being seen, found, observed, or discovered; secrete
They rose from a deep well, long concealed, and her heart was filled with acute pain that found no relief in them.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
Jaggers had seen me with Estella, and was not likely to have missed the sentiments I had been at no pains to conceal.
Great Expectations - Chapter 48
By Charles Dickens Context
He was, as the inspector had said, extremely dirty, but the grime which covered his face could not conceal its repulsive ugliness.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
concludespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. enclose; reach as an end of reasoning; make final determination ; judge or decide; bring to an end
I gave him a short sketch of my adventures, and had hardly concluded it by the time that we reached our destination.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
If their evenings at the park were concluded with cards, he cheated himself and all the rest of the party to get her a good hand.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
But as I conclude that she must wish to go, since all young people like to be together, I can see no reason why she should be denied the indulgence.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
consentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. agree in opinion or sentiment; be of the same mind; accord; concur; allow
This suspicion was given by some words which accidently dropped from him one evening at the park, when they were sitting down together by mutual consent, while the others were dancing.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
consequencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. result; relation of a result to its cause; logical conclusion or inference
The consequence was, that the smaller boys spent their days in terror and suffering and their nights in plotting revenge.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 21
By Mark Twain Context
I have felt uneasy for the consequences of his being so involved, but I have kept these secrets until now, when I trust them to your honour.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
Spirits were produced, in consequence of one of the young ladies complaining of a coldness in her inside; and the conversation took a very convivial and improving turn.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
consistspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. be made up or composed; be comprised or contained in
My subject is Greek, and the first of the papers consists of a large passage of Greek translation which the candidate has not seen.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Thus I made the second discovery on that first occasion, that the nurture of the little Pockets consisted of alternately tumbling up and lying down.
Great Expectations - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
The walls were of wood, but the floor consisted of a large iron trough, and when I came to examine it I could see a crust of metallic deposit all over it.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
constantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. invariable; repeating; continually occurring; persistent
A medical practitioner, who resided on the spot, was in constant attendance upon her; and after first seeing the patient, he had taken Mrs.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
She made use of me to tease other admirers, and she turned the very familiarity between herself and me to the account of putting a constant slight on my devotion to her.
Great Expectations - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
contentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. volume; something contained; material, including text and images
In an instant the contents assumed a dull mahogany colour, and a brownish dust was precipitated to the bottom of the glass jar.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
If there had been time, I should probably have ordered several suits of clothes for this occasion; but as there was not, I was fain to be content with those I had.
Great Expectations - Chapter 32
By Charles Dickens Context
contractspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. constrict; make smaller; compress or concentrate
So now, as an infallible way of making little ease great ease, I began to contract a quantity of debt.
Great Expectations - Chapter 34
By Charles Dickens Context
He had stood by the door, all this while, observant of her with a smile upon his face, though his black eyebrows were heavily contracted.
David Copperfield - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
A lady whose vision has been so extremely contracted all her life is sure to have the physical characteristics of such vision, which are seen in the forehead, the eyelids, and the shoulders.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
contributespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. provide; bestow a quality on
I have made a small study of tattoo marks and have even contributed to the literature of the subject.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
On the present occasion, for the better entertainment of their visitor, towards whose amusement he felt himself bound to contribute, he wished to engage them for both.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
His lack of interest in the subjects she started, and his equal incapacity to contribute to her entertainment, were so obvious that she could not conceal her disappointment.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 26
By Emily Bronte Context
convenientspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. suited or favorable to one's comfort, purpose, or needs:; near; accessible
Gummidge had had a convenient apartment of her own to retire to, and had stopped there until her spirits revived.
David Copperfield - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens Context
At first it had annoyed her and she had tried to break down that nonchalance but soon she had come to accept it as a very convenient thing.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 54
By Margaret Mitche Context
I at once rode past the carriage, and, keeping to the main road, I went on for a few miles, and then halted in a convenient place to see if the carriage passed.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
convertspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. change something into another form; transform
Rumour reported that Drebber had managed to convert a large part of his property into money, and that he had departed a wealthy man, while his companion, Stangerson, was comparatively poor.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Grimwig lifted up his head, and converting one of the hind legs of his chair into a pivot, described three distinct circles with the assistance of his stick and the table; sitting in it all the time.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
convictspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. find or declare guilty
In this he failed, but Alexis was sent a convict to Siberia, where now, at this moment, he works in a salt mine.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
cooperatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. work or act together toward a common end or purpose
cooperationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. practice of cooperating; joint operation or action
If, as I imagine, there is no breach of the law in this matter, you can absolutely depend upon my discretion and my cooperation in keeping the facts out of the papers.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
cordialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. gracious; showing warm and friendliness
Without saying a word, she walked up with a cordial face, shook hands with him, and patted him on the arm.
David Copperfield - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
His declining to be on cordial terms with the head of his family, has left a very strong impression in his disfavour with me.
Persuasion - Chapter 14
By Jane Austen Context
Indeed, I think I may say that you cannot, for your behaviour to him is perfectly cordial, and if THAT were your opinion, I am sure you could never be civil to him.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
corralspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. enclosure for confining livestock; enclosure formed by a circle of wagons for defense against attack during an encampment
On the outskirts of town were the remount depots where horses and mules milled about in large corrals, and along side streets were the hospitals.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
corrodespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. destroy metal or alloy gradually, especially by chemical action; be eaten or worn away
counselspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. give advice to someone; suggest
And I might have gone, my dear Herbert, but for the prospect of taking counsel with your friendship and affection.
Great Expectations - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
Tom waited until the crowd had dispersed, and the bustle was over; and then referred to a posted list of trains, and took counsel with porters.
Hard Times - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context