7th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 7: Vocabulary - List 1

abandonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
The case is so hopeless, and I feel that I am wallowing in such a bog of nonsense, that I give up all idea of getting out, and abandon myself to my fate.
David Copperfield - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
At first this vague and terrible power was exercised only upon the recalcitrants who, having embraced the Mormon faith, wished afterwards to pervert or to abandon it.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
abbreviatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make shorter; reduce to shorter form intended to represent full form, as for word or phrase
aberrantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. abnormal; markedly different from an accepted norm
abhorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate
A man cannot be condemned for a murder at which he was not present, and which he loathes and abhors as much as you do.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
When I could get him to listen, I saw it pleased him that his sister had left her husband; whom he abhorred with an intensity which the mildness of his nature would scarcely seem to allow.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 17
By Emily Bronte Context
abnormalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unusual; not typical; not normal
It would have pleased her to think that he made these trips to see her, but even her abnormal vanity refused to believe this.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 12
By Margaret Mitche Context
It had been felt that the existence of a farm owned and operated by pigs was somehow abnormal and was liable to have an unsettling effect in the neighbourhood.
Animal Farm - Chapter 10
By George Orwell Context
The unusual salary, the curious conditions, the light duties, all pointed to something abnormal, though whether a fad or a plot, or whether the man were a philanthropist or a villain, it was quite beyond my powers to determine.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
abodespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of waiting; delay; stay or continuance in a place
I believe her new abode was in the south, near London; there she had a son born a few months subsequent to her escape.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 17
By Emily Bronte Context
Here, in a broad thoroughfare, once the abode of wealthy City merchants, we found the sculpture works for which we searched.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
A residence of eight or nine years in the abode of wealth and plenty had a little disordered her powers of comparing and judging.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 37
By Jane Austen Context
abolishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cancel; put an end to; destroy completely
The four young pigs who had protested when Napoleon abolished the Meetings raised their voices timidly, but they were promptly silenced by a tremendous growling from the dogs.
Animal Farm - Chapter 6
By George Orwell Context
abrogatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
absurdspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. preposterous; ridiculously incongruous or unreasonable; foolish
For a moment I considered it absurd that I should need such a weapon to gain admittance into my own residence.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 3
By Emily Bronte Context
I got as near him as I could, but his observations seemed to me to be absurd, so I withdrew again in some disgust.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Scarlett, who was combing her hair, came to the window and smiled down at the tiny excited figure, so absurd in the soiled blue habit.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 59
By Margaret Mitche Context
abundantlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in great numbers; in a plentiful or sufficient degree; plentifully
All of the world was crying out for cotton, and the new land of the County, unworn and fertile, produced it abundantly.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 3
By Margaret Mitche Context
That the honest fellow had not been feigning emotion, was abundantly demonstrated by the very red eyes with which he regarded the young gentleman, when he turned round and addressed him.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 34
By Charles Dickens Context
abusespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. improper use or handling; misuse
Her weapons of scorn, coldness and abuse blunted in her hands, for nothing she could say would shame him.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 12
By Margaret Mitche Context
He shrugged his shoulders: shook himself, indeed, as if his flesh crept with aversion; and thrust back his chair; while I got up, and opened my mouth, to commence a downright torrent of abuse.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 27
By Emily Bronte Context
acquirespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. gain through experience or effort; gain possession of; locate with tracking system
In commercial phrase, coffins were looking up; and, in the course of a few weeks, Oliver acquired a great deal of experience.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 6
By Charles Dickens Context
I never knew Joe to remember anything from one Sunday to another, or to acquire, under my tuition, any piece of information whatever.
Great Expectations - Chapter 15
By Charles Dickens Context
I do not think, comrades, that I shall be with you for many months longer, and before I die, I feel it my duty to pass on to you such wisdom as I have acquired.
Animal Farm - Chapter 1
By George Orwell Context
acquittalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. state of being found or proved not guilty; judgment of not guilty
His acquittal was complete, his friendship warmly honoured, a lively interest excited for his friend, and his description of the fine country about Lyme so feelingly attended to by the party, that an earnest desire to see Lyme themselves, and a project for going thither was the consequence.
Persuasion - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
adaptspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make fit for; change to suit a new purpose
I had scant luggage to take with me to London, for little of the little I possessed was adapted to my new station.
Great Expectations - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
After a little thought, the pigs sent for buckets and milked the cows fairly successfully, their trotters being well adapted to this task.
Animal Farm - Chapter 2
By George Orwell Context
The heath down there was now a vast abyss, and no longer a continuation of what they stood on; for their eyes, adapted to the blaze, could see nothing of the deeps beyond its influence.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
adolescencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. state of growing up from childhood to manhood or womanhood; transitional period between youth and maturity
She had been supposed to have rather a good figure, but now she was out of fashion: a little too female, not enough like an adolescent boy.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
affectionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. fondness; tender feeling toward another; fondness
Her honest father may not have observed these symptoms, but they were assuredly not thrown away upon the man who had won her affections.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He receives these wares not only from treacherous valets or maids, but frequently from genteel ruffians, who have gained the confidence and affection of trusting women.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It was a sort of comical affection, too; and yet if she had died, I cannot think what I should have done, or how I should have acted out the tragedy it would have been to me.
David Copperfield - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
agglomerationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. collection; heap; act or process of gathering into a mass
almondspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. deciduous tree, native to Asia and northern Africa and having alternate, simple leaves, pink flowers, and leathery fruits
aluminumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. silvery ductile metallic element
amazespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. astonish; surprise greatly; affect with wonder
Amazed, terrified, huddling together, the animals watched the long line of pigs march slowly round the yard.
Animal Farm - Chapter 10
By George Orwell Context
Now, fully revealed by the fire and candlelight, I was amazed, more than ever, to behold the transformation of Heathcliff.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 10
By Emily Bronte Context
You remember the Gregorys; they are grown up amazing fine girls, but they will hardly speak to me, because Lucy is courted by a lieutenant.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 25
By Jane Austen Context
ambitiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. aspiring; having a strong desire for success or achievement
They had ambitious plans to cut the vitally important railroad between Atlanta and Tennessee and then swing southward into Atlanta to destroy the factories and the war supplies concentrated there in that key city of the Confederacy.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 14
By Margaret Mitche Context
anathemaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
antiquatedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. too old to be fashionable, suitable, or useful; obsolete; aged
Civilization was its enemy; and ever since the beginning of vegetation its soil had worn the same antique brown dress, the natural and invariable garment of the particular formation.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
apocryphalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. untrue; of questionable authorship or authenticity; erroneous; fictitious
apparelspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. external clothing; vesture; garments; dress; small ornamental piece
Having availed himself of the expiring light of the candle to tie up in a handkerchief the few articles of wearing apparel he had, sat himself down upon a bench, to wait for morning.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
apparitionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. ghostly figure; sudden or unusual sight; appearance; state of being visible
Connie watched his thin, white figure, and it looked to her like a ghost, an apparition moving away from her.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 15
By D H Lawrence Context
At first Biddy gave a cry, as if she thought it was my apparition, but in another moment she was in my embrace.
Great Expectations - Chapter 58
By Charles Dickens Context
It racked me to recall past happiness and the greater peril there was of conjuring up its apparition, the quicker the thible ran round, and the faster the handfuls of meal fell into the water.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 13
By Emily Bronte Context
appealspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. attraction; charm; attract; fascinate; challenge
She knew now that there was no appeal of emotion or reason which would turn that cool brain from its verdict.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 63
By Margaret Mitche Context
But I could not submit to be thrown off in that way, and I made a passionate, almost an indignant appeal, to him to be more frank and manly with me.
Great Expectations - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
At this Snowball sprang to his feet, and shouting down the sheep, who had begun bleating again, broke into a passionate appeal in favour of the windmill.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
appliancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. durable goods for home or office use; device or instrument for household use
With the aid of these appliances we all had something warm to drink, including the Aged, who was soon awake again.
Great Expectations - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
Micawber provokingly left off; and began to peel the lemons that had been under my directions set before him, together with all the other appliances he used in making punch.
David Copperfield - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
aptspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
The larger crimes are apt to be the simpler, for the bigger the crime the more obvious, as a rule, is the motive.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Fortunately, curiosity and a quick intellect made her an apt scholar: she learned rapidly and eagerly, and did honour to his teaching.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 18
By Emily Bronte Context
To this end, Ellen and Mammy bent their efforts, and as Scarlett grew older she became an apt pupil in this subject, even though she learned little else.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 3
By Margaret Mitche Context
archetypespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
arguespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. invent and offer reasons to support or overthrow a proposition, opinion, or measure; debate
They can put those events together in their minds, and argue from them that something will come to pass.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 14
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Scarlett did not argue the matter, much as she preferred to ride, for she wished no disagreement with Mammy.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 33
By Margaret Mitche Context
It argues the degree in which I had lost touch with my profession that the name of Leslie Armstrong was unknown to me.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
arrangespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. put in proper order; dispose in the manner intended, or best suited for the purpose
Turn over those papers and arrange the extracts in their order of time, while I take a glance as to who our client is.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He was arranging his fruit in plates while we talked, which divided his attention, and was the cause of his having made this lapse of a word.
Great Expectations - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
Without being nearly so much surprised as I had expected, my mother entered into it readily; and it was all arranged that night, and my board and lodging during the visit were to be paid for.
David Copperfield - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
aspirinspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. white crystalline compound drug to relieve pain and reduce fever and inflammation
assuagespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease
Her tongue was furred and her throat parched as if flames had scorched it and no amount of water could assuage her thirst.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 25
By Margaret Mitche Context
As he stood by the desolate fire, he felt that the only one thing which could assuage his grief would be thorough and complete retribution, brought by his own hand upon his enemies.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Anne, attending with all the strength and zeal, and thought, which instinct supplied, to Henrietta, still tried, at intervals, to suggest comfort to the others, tried to quiet Mary, to animate Charles, to assuage the feelings of Captain Wentworth.
Persuasion - Chapter 12
By Jane Austen Context
assumespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. suppose; presume; take on; bear
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
When his assumed name had been repeated several times, Noah rubbed his eyes, and, giving a heavy yawn, looked sleepily about him.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 47
By Charles Dickens Context
The shed where Snowball had drawn his plans of the windmill had been shut up and it was assumed that the plans had been rubbed off the floor.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
The spirit of Agnes so pervaded all we thought, and said, and did, in that time of sorrow, that I assume I may refer the project to her influence.
David Copperfield - Chapter 54
By Charles Dickens Context
astonishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. surprise or impress someone greatly; shock
They fried the fish with the bacon, and were astonished; for no fish had ever seemed so delicious before.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 14
By Mark Twain Context
Well, all through the circus they done the most astonishing things; and all the time that clown carried on so it most killed the people.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Chapter 22
By Mark Twain Context
He introduced himself as Inspector Martin, of the Norfolk Constabulary, and he was considerably astonished when he heard the name of my companion.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
atrophyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. wasting away; decrease in size; reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease
attemptspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. action of trying at something
Our prisoner made no attempt at escape, but stepped calmly into the cab which had been his, and we followed him.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The two ghastly casts on the shelf were not far from him, and their expression was as if they were making a stupid apoplectic attempt to attend to the conversation.
Great Expectations - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
attendspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. be present at; go to; take care of; tend
I put it on, I remember, for the first time, to attend the inquest on that reduced tradesman, who died in a doorway at midnight.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
And Squealer, who happened to be passing at this moment, attended by two or three dogs, was able to put the whole matter in its proper perspective.
Animal Farm - Chapter 6
By George Orwell Context
Dick again, who joined us, and looked as wise as he could when she requested him to attend to my story, which she elicited from me, gradually, by a course of questions.
David Copperfield - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
auditionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. take part in a trial performance; evaluate in a trial performance
avalanchespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. great mass of falling snow and ice
awespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder; fear, as of something evil
Pausing in her lamentations, she surveyed him with a glance of awe and horror, then burst forth anew.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 18
By Emily Bronte Context
The awe which these reflections inspired was attested by the impressive silence and the ranks of staring eyes.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 4
By Mark Twain Context
Several times when I glanced at him, I observed that appearance with a sort of awe, and wondered what he was thinking about so closely.
David Copperfield - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
balladspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. popular kind of narrative poem, adapted for recitation or singing
Once she asked for a particular ballad, which she said her Ury (who was yawning in a great chair) doted on; and at intervals she looked round at him, and reported to Agnes that he was in raptures with the music.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
ballotspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. printed or written ticket used in voting; act of voting; whole number of votes cast at an election
Then there was the organization of Democrats who forgathered every Wednesday night to devise ways of regaining the ballot and Frank never missed a meeting.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 42
By Margaret Mitche Context
banspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. official prohibition; decree that prohibits something
Joseph fell under a ban also: he would speak his mind, and lecture her all the same as if she were a little girl; and she esteemed herself a woman, and our mistress, and thought that her recent illness gave her a claim to be treated with consideration.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 9
By Emily Bronte Context
banishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. drive out; drive away; compel to depart; dispel
I dare say we shall be often together, and I should like to banish any needless restraint between us.
Great Expectations - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
It was impossible to banish the letter from her thoughts, and she could not relieve herself by speaking of it to any human being.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 46
By Jane Austen Context
Rhett was just being perverse in the matter, making her appear a poor mother, just to pay her back for banishing him from her room.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 52
By Margaret Mitche Context
bankruptspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. penniless, without any money; financially ruined
Every human being held it as an article of faith that the farm would go bankrupt sooner or later, and, above all, that the windmill would be a failure.
Animal Farm - Chapter 6
By George Orwell Context
She undersold him so relentlessly and delivered, with secret groans, such an excellent quality of lumber to prove her probity that he was soon bankrupt.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 38
By Margaret Mitche Context
These accidents did sometimes happen in the best regulated families of Coketown, but the bankrupts had no connexion whatever with the improvident classes.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
barragespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. artificial obstruction; heavy curtain of artillery fire; rapid, concentrated discharge of missiles
barrenspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. desolate; fruitless and unproductive; lacking
North, and east, and west he looked with wild questioning eyes, and then he realised that his wanderings had come to an end, and that there, on that barren crag, he was about to die.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
barterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. trade goods or services without the exchange of money
You never can know what it was to be devoted to you, with those old associations; to find that anyone could be so hard as to suppose that the truth of my heart was bartered away, and to be surrounded by appearances confirming that belief.
David Copperfield - Chapter 45
By Charles Dickens Context
basinspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. bowl-shaped vessel, usually used for holding food or liquids
I sat down to my brown loaf, my egg, and my rasher of bacon, with a basin of milk besides, and made a most delicious meal.
David Copperfield - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
The basin was refilled, and this time he stood over it a little while, gathering resolution; took in a big breath and began.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 4
By Mark Twain Context
Here he was taken off his legs, and in swimming was carried round into the centre of the basin, where he perceived Wildeve struggling.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
benefitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
Soon Tom said that they were interfering with each other, and neither getting the fullest benefit of the tick.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 7
By Mark Twain Context
Dashwood immediately took all that trouble on herself; and Elinor had the benefit of the information without the exertion of seeking it.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 47
By Jane Austen Context
As it was, he did nothing with much zeal, but sport; and his time was otherwise trifled away, without benefit from books or anything else.
Persuasion - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context