6th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 6: Vocabulary - List 6

mistrustspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. lack of trust or confidence
Lively, after ineffectually standing on tiptoe, in the hope of catching sight of him, again forced himself into the little chair, and, exchanging a shake of the head with a lady in the opposite shop, in which doubt and mistrust were plainly mingled, resumed his pipe with a grave demeanour.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
moisturespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. wetness caused by water
There were small beads of moisture on his forehead and his fists were curled into claws as if in pain.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 31
By Margaret Mitche Context
At such times I have seen his face, even on a cold day, glisten with moisture, as though it were new raised from a basin.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Now the great salt plain stretched before his eyes, and the distant belt of savage mountains, without a sign anywhere of plant or tree, which might indicate the presence of moisture.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
monarchspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. king; sole and absolute ruler; sovereign, such as a king or empress
moorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. dark-colored person generally; broad area of open land, often high but poorly drained
Here, at one side of this wilderness, is Holdernesse Hall, ten miles by road, but only six across the moor.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
My landlord halloed for me to stop ere I reached the bottom of the garden, and offered to accompany me across the moor.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 3
By Emily Bronte Context
The time seems near, if it has not actually arrived, when the chastened sublimity of a moor, a sea, or a mountain will be all of nature that is absolutely in keeping with the moods of the more thinking among mankind.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
motionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. movement; act of changing location; ability or power to move
Louisa, holding her hand, could feel no pulse; but kissing it, could see a slight thin thread of life in fluttering motion.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
With a cracking of whips and a creaking of wheels the great waggons got into motion, and soon the whole caravan was winding along once more.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
With a shock he became aware of me, and was severely visited as before; but this time his motion was rotatory, and he staggered round and round me with knees more afflicted, and with uplifted hands as if beseeching for mercy.
Great Expectations - Chapter 30
By Charles Dickens Context
mythspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. legend; fable; a traditional story accepted as history
neglectspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. disregard; ignore; pay little or no attention to
It cannot be done too much; and when I next write to her, I shall charge her not to neglect it on any account.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 31
By Jane Austen Context
I asked him if he thought he would be able to attend to his duty in the wood, and he said he did not think he had neglected it.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
Since he had neglected to do it on first coming to the estate, their quitting his house might be looked on as the most suitable period for its accomplishment.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 5
By Jane Austen Context
nourishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. provide with nourishment; provide with food or other substances necessary for life and growth
I explained that they were bare masses of stone, with hardly enough earth in their clefts to nourish a stunted tree.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 18
By Emily Bronte Context
I sit down by the fire, thinking with a blind remorse of all those secret feelings I have nourished since my marriage.
David Copperfield - Chapter 53
By Charles Dickens Context
And Wade could have nourishing food to fill out his thin cheeks and warm clothes and a governess and afterward go to the university.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 33
By Margaret Mitche Context
numerousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. many; various; amounting to a large indefinite number
As her glasses are of remarkable strength, and as opticians are not very numerous, there should be no difficulty in tracing her.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It had got dusk, and the moon looked over the high wall of the court, causing undefined shadows to lurk in the corners of the numerous projecting portions of the building.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 10
By Emily Bronte Context
The young men wore blue and white rosettes, and with a flush on their faces footed it to the girls, who, with the excitement and the exercise, blushed deeper than the pink of their numerous ribbons.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
obliviousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. inattentive or unmindful; lacking all memory; forgetful
In the background was one happy man dancing by himself, with closed eyes, totally oblivious of all the rest.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Altogether I was lost in amazement, and sat staring at her, quite oblivious, I am afraid, of the laws of politeness.
David Copperfield - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
obtainspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. get hold of; gain possession of; acquire, in any way
Disguised, and under an assumed name, he returned to Salt Lake City, careless what became of his own life, as long as he obtained what he knew to be justice.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
After his flight he did not dare to approach the hut again for some time, but at last he forced himself to do so in order to obtain the information which he needed.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
After an impatient oath or two, and some stupid clawing of herself with the hand not necessary to her support, she got her hair away from her eyes sufficiently to obtain a sight of him.
Hard Times - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
occasionalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. random; occurring from time to time; infrequent
The blackness of darkness reigned, the perfect stillness was interrupted only by occasional mutterings of distant thunder.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 28
By Mark Twain Context
I tried to look out of the windows to see something of where we were, but they were made of frosted glass, and I could make out nothing save the occasional bright blur of a passing light.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
offendspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. strike against; attack; assail; make angry; affront
Darcy smiled; but Elizabeth thought she could perceive that he was rather offended, and therefore checked her laugh.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 17
By Jane Austen Context
I began to reflect whether I had done anything to offend her; and my conscience whispered me that I had not yet told her about Dora.
David Copperfield - Chapter 34
By Charles Dickens Context
oozespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. be any thick messy substance; pass gradually; progress slowly but steadily
When he had put up his things for the night he took out his flute, and blew at it, until I almost thought he would gradually blow his whole being into the large hole at the top, and ooze away at the keys.
David Copperfield - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
Skirting the pool, she followed the path towards Rainbarrow, occasionally stumbling over twisted furze roots, tufts of rushes, or oozing lumps of fleshy fungi, which at this season lay scattered about the heath like the rotten liver and lungs of some colossal animal.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
opposespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. place in front of, or over against; set opposite; exhibit; confront; resist; withstand
But it was noticed that these two were never in agreement: whatever suggestion either of them made, the other could be counted on to oppose it.
Animal Farm - Chapter 3
By George Orwell Context
She married Frank Kennedy two weeks later after a whirlwind courtship which she blushingly told him left her too breathless to oppose his ardor any longer.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 36
By Margaret Mitche Context
I have no thought, no view, no hope in life, beyond her; and if you oppose me in this great stake, you take my peace and happiness in your hands, and cast them to the wind.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 34
By Charles Dickens Context
originatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. initiate; invent; bring into being; create
Dinner went off gayly, and although my guardian seemed to follow rather than originate subjects, I knew that he wrenched the weakest part of our dispositions out of us.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
And finding nobody about the parlours, it occurred to him, that he could perhaps originate the proceedings with better effect in the kitchen; so into the kitchen he went.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 30
By Charles Dickens Context
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
outlinespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. line that appears to bound an object; shape of an object or figure; summary of a written work or speech
The shadow of a man who was seated in a chair within was thrown in hard, black outline upon the luminous screen of the window.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
His talk of shadow shows and hazy outlines conveyed no meaning to her but his last words were in language she could understand.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 31
By Margaret Mitche Context
He could trace its shadow in the gloom, supply the smallest item of the outline, and note how stiff and solemn it seemed to stalk along.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 48
By Charles Dickens Context
outmodedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. no longer usable or practical; obsolete; not in fashion
outstandingspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. distinguished from others in excellence
The family had left that part a week before; they had called in such trifling debts as were outstanding, discharged them, and left the place by night.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
In these accomplishments the twins excelled, and they were equally outstanding in their notorious inability to learn anything contained between the covers of books.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 1
By Margaret Mitche Context
overwhelmspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. defeat; cover completely or make imperceptible; overcome by superior force ; charge someone with too many tasks
Then his distress had overwhelmed him, and he longed for death as a field labourer longs for the shade.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Not content with Stuart alone, she had set her cap for Brent as well, and with a thoroughness that overwhelmed the two of them.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 1
By Margaret Mitche Context
I could not bring it into play; it was overwhelmed, buried, lost in those earlier feelings which I had been smarting under year after year.
Persuasion - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
particlespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a tiny piece of anything
It sleeted the next day, but as the wintry twilight drew on the icy particles stopped falling and a cold wind blew.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 46
By Margaret Mitche Context
patheticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. causing sadness, compassion, or pity
After Sarah was restored, we still had to break it to the other eight; and it produced various effects upon them of a most pathetic nature.
David Copperfield - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
peculiarspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. special; characteristic; unusual; odd; bizarre
Edward Ferrars was not recommended to their good opinion by any peculiar graces of person or address.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
The minister gave out the hymn, and read it through with a relish, in a peculiar style which was much admired in that part of the country.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 5
By Mark Twain Context
Watson has not heard the opening part but also because the peculiar nature of the story makes me anxious to have every possible detail from your lips.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
peerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. gaze; stare; look searchingly; company with
The old lady stood petrified with astonishment, peering over her glasses; Tom lay on the floor expiring with laughter.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 12
By Mark Twain Context
Joseph was bending over the fire, peering into a large pan that swung above it; and a wooden bowl of oatmeal stood on the settle close by.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 13
By Emily Bronte Context
The rain obscured her vision as the buggy came abreast, but she saw the driver peer over the tarpaulin that stretched from the dashboard to his chin.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 35
By Margaret Mitche Context
penetratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. pierce; go through; permeate
The bullet had been fired at him from the front, and had remained in his body, after penetrating the heart.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The beaming sight, and the penetrating warmth, seemed to breed in him a cumulative cheerfulness, which soon amounted to delight.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
I cannot so completely penetrate the mystery of my own heart, as to know when I began to think that I might have set its earliest and brightest hopes on Agnes.
David Copperfield - Chapter 58
By Charles Dickens Context
peninsulaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a piece of land almost completely surrounded by water but joined to a larger mass of land
permissionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. consent; approval to do something
In a few minutes the lad Charley, who had come to ask permission to use the place, returned with the key to the kitchen.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
No, sir, I think that, with your permission, I will confine my attentions to the excellent bird which I perceive upon the sideboard.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I exchanged some remarks with him, therefore, and obtained his courteous permission to write the short note which you afterwards received.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
perseverespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. endure; be persistent, refuse to stop
She found that he did mean to persevere; but how he could, after such language from her as she felt herself obliged to use, was not to be understood.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 33
By Jane Austen Context
persistspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. continue; insist; persevere
I shall not associate him in our conversation with your intimacy and encouragement; pray do not persist in connecting him with mine.
Hard Times - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
Peggotty, and been well paid in being asked to do it, yet she persisted, all day long, in toiling under weights that she was quite unequal to, and fagging to and fro on all sorts of unnecessary errands.
David Copperfield - Chapter 32
By Charles Dickens Context
phoneticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or pertaining to the voice; relating to sounds of spoken language
pioneerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. originator; a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area
You may look upon me simply as an irregular pioneer, who goes in front of the regular forces of the country.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He had been a pioneer in California, and could narrate many a strange tale of fortunes made and fortunes lost in those wild, halcyon days.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
placidspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. peaceful; tranquil; calm or quiet
On her face, I saw immediately the placid and sweet expression of the lady whose picture had looked at me downstairs.
David Copperfield - Chapter 15
By Charles Dickens Context
Instantly, Miss Skiffins stopped it with the neatness of a placid boxer, took off that girdle or cestus as before, and laid it on the table.
Great Expectations - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
Her mind was as if a cyclone had gone through it, and it seemed strange that the dining room where they sat should be so placid, so unchanged from what it had always been.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 4
By Margaret Mitche Context
plummetspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. fall straight down; plunge; decline suddenly and steeply
policyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. settled method of government to administer; system of public or official administration
Aunt Pitty, who had been the first to denounce Old Joe for his policy of retreat, was among the first to pack her trunks.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 18
By Margaret Mitche Context
I can only suppose now, that it was a part of his policy, as a very clever man, habitually to deceive his own instruments.
Great Expectations - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
It had come to be accepted that the pigs, who were manifestly cleverer than the other animals, should decide all questions of farm policy, though their decisions had to be ratified by a majority vote.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
ponchospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a kind of cloak worn by the Spanish Americans, having the form of a blanket, with a slit in the middle for the head to pass through
portionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. section or quantity within a larger thing; a part of a whole
I can do my share of ruling: absolutely, my share; and give me a son, and he will be able to rule his portion after me.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 13
By D H Lawrence Context
It was lit at the time, and if it was lit this corner would be the brightest instead of the darkest portion of the wall.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Your portion is unhappily so small that it will in all likelihood undo the effects of your loveliness and amiable qualifications.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 19
By Jane Austen Context
postponespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. hold back to a later time; delay; defer
Then perhaps I had better postpone my analysis of the acetones, as we may need to be at our best in the morning.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He had worked hard for it, so he could marry Suellen in the spring and if he parted with it, his wedding would be postponed indefinitely.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 35
By Margaret Mitche Context
He did not judge your father to be a person whom he could so properly consult as your uncle, and therefore readily postponed seeing him till after the departure of the former.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 52
By Jane Austen Context
povertyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. lack of money; state of being poor; lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts
Their own inclinations ascertained, there were no difficulties behind, no drawback of poverty or parent.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 48
By Jane Austen Context
As to sleep, I had dreams of poverty in all sorts of shapes, but I seemed to dream without the previous ceremony of going to sleep.
David Copperfield - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
The darling of his desires was, to be a doctor, but poverty had decreed that he should be nothing higher than a village schoolmaster.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 20
By Mark Twain Context
predicamentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. tricky or dangerous situation; dilemma; troublesome
It was a much safer place for a gentleman in his predicament: he might there be important at comparatively little expense.
Persuasion - Chapter 2
By Jane Austen Context
When my distressing predicament was brought to his attention in the right way, he hastened to use his influence, and so I was released.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 36
By Margaret Mitche Context
He told Zillah to give me a glass of brandy, and then passed on to the inner room; while she condoled with me on my sorry predicament, and having obeyed his orders, whereby I was somewhat revived, ushered me to bed.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 2
By Emily Bronte Context
pressurespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. stress; tension; condition of being pressed
Not only were my arms pulled close to my sides, but the pressure on my bad arm caused me exquisite pain.
Great Expectations - Chapter 53
By Charles Dickens Context
The space before the prison was cleared, and a few strong barriers, painted black, had been already thrown across the road to break the pressure of the expected crowd, when Mr.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
She took me in both her arms, and squeezed me to her stays until the pressure on my nose was extremely painful, though I never thought of that till afterwards when I found it very tender.
David Copperfield - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
previousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. existing or occurring before something else
For good, too; though, in consequence of my previous emotions, I was still occasionally seized with a stormy sob.
David Copperfield - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
Word had gone round during the day that old Major, the prize Middle White boar, had had a strange dream on the previous night and wished to communicate it to the other animals.
Animal Farm - Chapter 1
By George Orwell Context
The pipe was still between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was full of a dense tobacco haze, but nothing remained of the heap of shag which I had seen upon the previous night.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
primaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of first rank or importance or value; essential or basic
primespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. first in excellence, quality, or value; at the best stage; peak; first in degree or rank; chief
I found plenty strawberries, ripe and prime; and green summer grapes, and green razberries; and the green blackberries was just beginning to show.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Chapter 8
By Mark Twain Context
Anne admired the good acting of the friend, in being able to shew such pleasure as she did, in the expectation and in the actual arrival of the very person whose presence must really be interfering with her prime object.
Persuasion - Chapter 22
By Jane Austen Context
principlespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. basic truth or law or assumption; rule or law of nature; rule of personal conduct
This was the principle on which Anne wanted her father to be proceeding, his friends to be urging him.
Persuasion - Chapter 2
By Jane Austen Context
Jones was asleep, they held secret meetings in the barn and expounded the principles of Animalism to the others.
Animal Farm - Chapter 2
By George Orwell Context
This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children.
Hard Times - Chapter 1
By Charles Dickens Context
proceedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. follow a certain course; move ahead; travel onward
She merely bowed; and bending over some plants that stood near, waited in silence for him to proceed.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
Now that I have got so far, I had best proceed on my own lines, and then clear the whole matter up once and for all.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I was going on at a great rate, with a clenched hand, and a most enthusiastic countenance; but it was quite unnecessary to proceed.
David Copperfield - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
productivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having quality or power of producing; yielding or furnishing results; causing to exist
It was late before the Miss Bertrams and the two gentlemen came in, and their ramble did not appear to have been more than partially agreeable, or at all productive of anything useful with regard to the object of the day.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
propelspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. drive forward; cause to move forward or onward; push
Propelled by his feet, he steered round and round the pool, ascending each time by one of the back streams and descending in the middle of the current.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
provisionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. stipulated condition; act of supplying or fitting out; something provided
Roylott entirely while we resided with him, with a provision that a certain annual sum should be allowed to each of us in the event of our marriage.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle 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
Bennet had very often wished before this period of his life that, instead of spending his whole income, he had laid by an annual sum for the better provision of his children, and of his wife, if she survived him.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
provokespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. stir to anger; give rise to; stir to action or feeling
She so longed to hear him say it in words, longed to speak words herself that would provoke a confession, but she dared not.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 41
By Margaret Mitche Context
Such conduct made them of course most exceedingly laughed at; but ridicule could not shame, and seemed hardly to provoke them.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
She often tried to provoke Darcy into disliking her guest, by talking of their supposed marriage, and planning his happiness in such an alliance.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
pursuitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. follow after; follow with a view to obtain; endeavor to attain
The interest of the impending pursuit not only absorbed the general attention, but even made my sister liberal.
Great Expectations - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
It was but a glance of a face in a window, but that one glance told him that Cleveland in Ohio possessed the men whom he was in pursuit of.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle 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