6th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 6: Vocabulary - List 3

courtesyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. polite behavior; act of civility or respect; consent or agreement in spite of fact
Mrs Clay was very pleasant, and very smiling, but her courtesies and smiles were more a matter of course.
Persuasion - Chapter 15
By Jane Austen Context
He greeted us with a stately courtesy and seated himself at his desk, his red beard streaming down on the table.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He hated their cool courtesy to him and their contempt for his social status, so inadequately covered by their courtesy.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 5
By Margaret Mitche Context
custodianspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. curator; a person who has responsibility for or looks after something
deadlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. fatal; lethal; causing or tending to cause death
There was an old clock ticking loudly somewhere in the passage, but otherwise everything was deadly still.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
A gander who had been privy to the plot had confessed his guilt to Squealer and immediately committed suicide by swallowing deadly nightshade berries.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
Little Oliver Twist lay on his back on the pavement, with his shirt unbuttoned, and his temples bathed with water; his face a deadly white; and a cold tremble convulsing his whole frame.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
deceivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. fool; cause to believe what is not true; mislead
He was deceived, and continued to report to the outside world that there was no food shortage on Animal Farm.
Animal Farm - Chapter 7
By George Orwell Context
John Dashwood, is the person I mean; you must allow that I am not likely to be deceived as to the name of the man on who all my happiness depends.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 22
By Jane Austen Context
If Elizabeth and her father did not deceive themselves, had been taking much pains to seek the acquaintance, and proclaim the value of the connection, as he had formerly taken pains to shew neglect.
Persuasion - Chapter 14
By Jane Austen Context
degradespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. reduce level; lower grade of something
If I had seen an Ape taking command of a Man, I should hardly have thought it a more degrading spectacle.
David Copperfield - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
I do not know that I am sorry, I do not know that I am ashamed, I do not know that I am degraded in my own esteem.
Hard Times - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
The reins, the halters, the blinkers, the degrading nosebags, were thrown on to the rubbish fire which was burning in the yard.
Animal Farm - Chapter 2
By George Orwell Context
deliberatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. consider; think about carefully; weigh
When I said that I only came to see how Miss Havisham was, Sarah evidently deliberated whether or no she should send me about my business.
Great Expectations - Chapter 15
By Charles Dickens Context
Sometimes one is guided by what they say of themselves, and very frequently by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 17
By Jane Austen Context
We have been told what happens when a woman deliberates; and the epigram is not always terminable with woman, provided that one be in the case, and that a fair one.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
demolishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. raze; destroy; do away with completely; put an end to
Fritchley, a perfect old Georgian mansion, was even now, as Connie passed in the car, being demolished.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 11
By D H Lawrence Context
densespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. thick; crowded closely together; compact
He entered a dense wood, picked his pathless way to the centre of it, and sat down on a mossy spot under a spreading oak.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 8
By Mark Twain Context
Far away I could catch glimpses of the old gray building with its bristling Tudor chimneys, but the drive ran through a dense shrubbery, and I saw no more of my man.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The old oaks, which had seen Indians pass under their limbs, hugged the house closely with their great trunks and towered their branches over the roof in dense shade.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 3
By Margaret Mitche Context
dependablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. reliable; worthy of being depended on; trustworthy
depletespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. decrease fullness of; use up or empty out
deputyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one appointed as the substitute of another, and empowered to act for him; substitute in office
despairspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. loss of hope; utter hopelessness; complete despondency
When I saw how many were waiting, I would have given it up in despair; but Spaulding would not hear of it.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
McFarlane turned to us with a gesture of despair, and sank into his chair once more like one who is crushed.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
That was the death of all desire, the death of all love: this despair that was like the dark cave inside the men, in which their spirit was lost.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 14
By D H Lawrence Context
detectspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. feel; discover the presence of; identify
Holmes had recovered his equanimity, though I still seemed to detect gleams of amusement in his expression.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
This time he thought he could detect colicky symptoms, and he began to encourage them with considerable hope.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 6
By Mark Twain Context
I remembered how he had sniffed his lips, and had no doubt that he had detected something which had given rise to the idea.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
differspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. be or stand apart; disagree; be unlike; be distinguished
Carefully Holmes held each separate shard to the light, but in no way did it differ from any other shattered piece of plaster.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
digestspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. break down; make more concise; convert food into absorbable substances
Scarlett digested this in silence, for she had never before been under the same roof with anyone who was not received.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 6
By Margaret Mitche Context
diminishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. dwindle; reduce; make smaller or less or to cause to appear so
The reddleman watched his form as it diminished to a speck on the road and became absorbed in the thickening films of night.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Ashley came home four days before Christmas, with a group of the County boys also on furlough, a sadly diminished group since Gettysburg.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 15
By Margaret Mitche Context
His face and hands were terribly mangled by his passage through the glass, but loss of blood had no effect in diminishing his resistance.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
disasterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an event or fact that has unfortunate consequences; catastrophe
The campaign brought honours and promotion to many, but for me it had nothing but misfortune and disaster.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
From an expression which my husband dropped in the first shock of this disaster I understood that terrible public consequences might arise from the loss of this document.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Some of the cold sense of bewilderment and disaster that had weighted her down since the Tarleton boys told her their gossip was pushed into the background of her mind, and in its place crept the fever that had possessed her for two years.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 2
By Margaret Mitche Context
discardspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. throw out something from one's hand; get rid of
Discarded garments lay about her on the floor, the bed, the chairs, in bright heaps of color and straying ribbons.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 5
By Margaret Mitche Context
disciplinespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. trait of being well behaved ; act of punishing ; system of rules of conduct or method of practice
But she was going as a sort of discipline: and also because, if she had a child, Clifford could think she had a lover in Venice.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 11
By D H Lawrence Context
What I had to do, was, to turn the painful discipline of my younger days to account, by going to work with a resolute and steady heart.
David Copperfield - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
She had borne eight children, as red of hair and as full of life as she, and had raised them most successfully, so the County said, because she gave them all the loving neglect and the stern discipline she gave the colts she bred.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 5
By Margaret Mitche Context
discreetspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. free from ostentation or pretension; distinct; distinguishable
Hatherley, as being a man who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet and capable of preserving a secret.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
That discreet damsel was attired as usual, except that she was now engaged in substituting for her green kid gloves a pair of white.
Great Expectations - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
I rapidly overtook it, and then, keeping at a discreet distance of a hundred yards or so, I followed its lights until we were clear of the town.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
dismissspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. stop considering; end employment or service of; discharge; refuse to accept or recognize
Dashwood could think of no other question, and Thomas and the tablecloth, now alike needless, were soon afterwards dismissed.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 47
By Jane Austen Context
Gradgrind was not a scientific character, and usually dismissed her children to their studies with this general injunction to choose their pursuit.
Hard Times - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
I would entreat them not to dismiss your request, without a reference to Dora; and to discuss it with her when they should think the time suitable.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
disputespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. argument; angry altercation; quarrel; verbal controversy; debate
This arrangement would have worked well enough if it had not been for the disputes between Snowball and Napoleon.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
Oliver started too, though from a very different cause; for he hoped that the dispute might really end in his being taken back.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
Elizabeth, however, did not choose to take the hint, being well aware that a serious dispute must be the consequence of any reply.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 17
By Jane Austen Context
dissolvespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. melt; liquefy; cause to pass into solution; cause to disappear or vanish
It would take many years for the living blood of the generations to dissolve the vast black clot of bruised blood, deep inside their souls and bodies.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 5
By D H Lawrence Context
I suffered unspeakable trouble while I considered and reconsidered whether I should at last dissolve that spell of my childhood and tell Joe all the story.
Great Expectations - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
And while she looked the carmine flush with which warmth and sound sleep had suffused her cheeks and neck dissolved from view, and the deathlike pallor in his face flew across into hers.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
distractspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cause to turn away from original focus; pull in conflicting emotional directions; unsettle
My friend, who loved above all things precision and concentration of thought, resented anything which distracted his attention from the matter in hand.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
With her attention not a little distracted by these and a great many other incoherent exclamations of joy, Rose read the address, which was Craven Street, in the Strand.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
It would seem a simple matter to decide on these precautions; but in my dazed, not to say distracted, state, it took so long, that I did not get out to further them until two or three in the afternoon.
Great Expectations - Chapter 40
By Charles Dickens Context
distressspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. discomfort; cause strain, anxiety, or suffering to
In the strength of his misfortune, and the energy of his distress, he fired for the moment like a proud man.
Hard Times - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
It would be some relief to unseal his tongue for a little while; to divide his burden of distress with another sufferer.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 23
By Mark Twain Context
distributespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. hand out; disseminate; allocate
The soldier with the basket soon got a light, and lighted three or four torches, and took one himself and distributed the others.
Great Expectations - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
It is true that in some cases the figure was bearing a flag, and in some cases not, but it was probable, from the way in which the flags were distributed, that they were used to break the sentence up into words.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
documentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. provide written evidence; record in detail
Here it is; I would not burn it, because being even then very little satisfied with Mr Elliot, I was determined to preserve every document of former intimacy.
Persuasion - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
I felt myself quite a proctor when I read this document aloud with all possible ceremony, and set forth its provisions, any number of times, to those whom they concerned.
David Copperfield - Chapter 31
By Charles Dickens Context
domesticatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cultivate; make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans
Elizabeth could safely say that it was a great happiness where that was the case, and with equal sincerity could add, that she firmly believed and rejoiced in his domestic comforts.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 38
By Jane Austen Context
drabspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. dull; lacking color; lacking in liveliness, charm, or surprise
But still one little trio was pattering about on tiny feet, alert drab mites, under the straw shelter, refusing to be called in by the anxious mother.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
drenchspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. wet through and through; soak; put potion down throat of; steep in moisture; wet thoroughly
She stood in the door of the hut, with a blanket round her, looking into the drenched, motionless silence.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 15
By D H Lawrence Context
When they were more than usually tall she lifted the baby to the top of her head, that it might be out of the reach of their drenching fronds.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Everything in camp was drenched, the campfire as well; for they were but heedless lads, like their generation, and had made no provision against rain.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 16
By Mark Twain Context
droughtspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. dry period; aridity; long period of abnormally low rainfall
I then worked the lawn very carefully for signs and traces, but this drought has made everything as hard as iron.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
drowsyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. dull with sleepiness; showing lack of attention
A whole hour drifted by, the master sat nodding in his throne, the air was drowsy with the hum of study.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 20
By Mark Twain Context
Very soon it made her intensely drowsy, and she went back to her nursery and shut herself in again, frightened by cries she heard in the huts and by the hurrying sound of feet.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 1
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
Then she sat swaying her body to and fro, and making gestures with her unnerved arm, which seemed intended as the accompaniment to a fit of laughter, though her face was stolid and drowsy.
Hard Times - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
duplicatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one that corresponds exactly to another, especially an original; identical copy; facsimile
It was claimed that same evening, and returned; but in the interval I had taken a moulding of it, and had a duplicate constructed.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Some little time ago he purchased from Morse Hudson two duplicate plaster casts of the famous head of Napoleon by the French sculptor, Devine.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Moulton, an American gentleman, had left only the day before, and on looking over the entries against him, I came upon the very items which I had seen in the duplicate bill.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
dwellspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. live as a resident; exist in a given place or state
I am glad to dwell upon the earnestness and love with which she lifted up her face to mine, and did so.
David Copperfield - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
That the mother and father, unknown to one another, were dwelling within so many miles, furlongs, yards if you like, of one another.
Great Expectations - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
You slur over work of the utmost finesse and delicacy, in order to dwell upon sensational details which may excite, but cannot possibly instruct, the reader.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
effectivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. efficient; productive; producing a strong impression or response
Fixing her with my eye in a way which I always found effective with women, I asked her at what hour her son returned.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
efficientspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. effective; acting directly to produce an effect; exhibiting a high ratio of output to input
The efficient, sometimes charming women knew a thing or two about the sensual realities: they had that pull over their jigging English sisters.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
elaboratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by complexity and richness of detail; done with care and in minute detail
She knew that his elaborate gallantries and his florid speeches were all done with his tongue in his cheek.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 12
By Margaret Mitche Context
The doctor has certainly played the game for all it is worth, and one would like to know the reason for such elaborate deception.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
elatedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. overjoyed; extremely happy and excited
For, though elated by his rank, it did not render him supercilious; on the contrary, he was all attention to everybody.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 5
By Jane Austen Context
Oliver, quite elated and honoured by a sense of his importance, faithfully promised to be secret and explicit in his communications.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
elementaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. easily dealt with; straightforward and uncomplicated; fundamental
Before turning to those moral and mental aspects of the matter which present the greatest difficulties, let the enquirer begin by mastering more elementary problems.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
elevatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. raise; give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
The handkerchief which had hooded her head was now a little thrown back, her face being somewhat elevated.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Tom was therefore elevated to a place with the Judge and the other elect, and the great news was announced from headquarters.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 4
By Mark Twain Context
She felt that he had every thing to elevate him which general attention and deference, and especially the attention of all the young women, could do.
Persuasion - Chapter 8
By Jane Austen Context
embarrassspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. humiliate; shame; cause to feel self-conscious or ill at ease; disconcert
With astonishment did Elizabeth see that her new acquaintance was at least as much embarrassed as herself.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 44
By Jane Austen Context
Situated as we are with Lady Dalrymple, cousins, we ought to be very careful not to embarrass her with acquaintance she might not approve.
Persuasion - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
He had evidently come with the intention of consulting with Sherlock Holmes, for on perceiving his colleague he appeared to be embarrassed and put out.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
emigratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. remove from one country or State to another, for the purpose of residence; migrate from home
enclosespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. include; surround on all sides; close in
At the back of the cottage the land rose steeply, so the back yard was sunken, and enclosed by a low stone wall.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 6
By D H Lawrence Context
Two benches, shaped in sections of a circle, nearly enclosed the hearth; on one of these I stretched myself, and Grimalkin mounted the other.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 3
By Emily Bronte Context
He found that it curtained a sort of steep natural stairway which was enclosed between narrow walls, and at once the ambition to be a discoverer seized him.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 31
By Mark Twain Context
enforcespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. put force upon; force; constrain; compel; put in motion or action by violence
He is connected with the Mafia, which, as you know, is a secret political society, enforcing its decrees by murder.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
For three years the Federal government had been trying to impose alien ideas and an alien rule upon Georgia and, with an army to enforce its commands, it had largely succeeded.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 47
By Margaret Mitche Context
ensurespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make sure or certain; insure; assure
It was evident that the report concerning her had spread, and a short pause succeeded, which seemed to ensure that it would now spread farther.
Persuasion - Chapter 22
By Jane Austen Context
Jennings could supply to her the conversation she missed; although the latter was an everlasting talker, and from the first had regarded her with a kindness which ensured her a large share of her discourse.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
envelopspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. enclose or encase completely with or as if with a covering
As always after her secret readings, a feeling of smug satisfaction enveloped her, for she felt certain that Ashley still loved her.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 11
By Margaret Mitche Context
She confined herself, or tried to confine herself, to the simple, indubitable family misery which must envelop all, if it were indeed a matter of certified guilt and public exposure.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 46
By Jane Austen Context
envyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. malice; ill will; discontent or uneasiness at another's excellence or good fortune, accompanied with hatred
The state of her spirits had probably had its share in her indisposition; for she had been feeling neglected, and been struggling against discontent and envy for some days past.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 7
By Jane Austen Context
I could both see them and hear them talk before I entered, and looked and listened in consequence; being moved thereto by a mingled sense of curiosity and envy, that grew as I lingered.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 32
By Emily Bronte Context
epidemicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. outbreak of a contagious disease that spreads rapidly and widely; widely prevalent
equatorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the imaginary great circle on the earth's surface, everywhere equally distant from the two poles, and dividing the earth's surface into two hemispheres
establishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. set up or found; build
The calculations of various life assurance and annuity offices, among other figures which cannot go wrong, have established the fact.
Hard Times - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
I may have remarked before that Holmes had, when he liked, a peculiarly ingratiating way with women, and that he very readily established terms of confidence with them.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I had no claim, and I finally resolved, and ever afterwards abided by the resolution, that my heart should never be sickened with the hopeless task of attempting to establish one.
Great Expectations - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context