7th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 7: Vocabulary - List 5

hospitablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. disposed to treat guests with warmth and generosity; receptive
Mr and Mrs Musgrove were a very good sort of people; friendly and hospitable, not much educated, and not at all elegant.
Persuasion - Chapter 5
By Jane Austen Context
Peggotty and Ham knew what was in my thoughts as well as I did, and were ready with some supper and their hospitable faces to drive it away.
David Copperfield - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
hostilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unfriendly; showing the disposition of an enemy
She had to live it and it was too brutal, too hostile, for her even to try to gloss over its harshness with a smile.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 35
By Margaret Mitche Context
By and by they separated into three hostile tribes, and darted upon each other from ambush with dreadful warwhoops, and killed and scalped each other by thousands.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 16
By Mark Twain Context
humanityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. kindness; virtue; all of the inhabitants of the earth
There rose through the clear air a confused clattering and rumbling from this great mass of humanity, with the creaking of wheels and the neighing of horses.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Fagin was sufficiently well acquainted with the manners and customs of that particular species of humanity to which Nancy belonged, to feel tolerably certain that it would be rather unsafe to prolong any conversation with her, at present.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
hungerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. strong desire for something; feel the need to eat
Three days and nights of toil and hunger in the cave were not to be shaken off at once, as Tom and Becky soon discovered.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 32
By Mark Twain Context
It has not been, sir, without some trouble that I have effected this; but trouble in your service is to me a pleasure, and hunger, thirst, and cold a real gratification.
Hard Times - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
With the deep hunger of an Irishman who has been a tenant on the lands his people once had owned and hunted, he wanted to see his own acres stretching green before his eyes.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 3
By Margaret Mitche Context
identicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. duplicate; alike; being the exact same one
ignitespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. kindle; cause to start burning; set fire to
Letters from men at the front complained constantly of shoes that wore out in a week, gunpowder that would not ignite, harness that snapped at any strain, meat that was rotten and flour that was full of weevils.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 12
By Margaret Mitche Context
ignorespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. refuse to pay attention to; disregard; overlook; neglect
Men were very kind to the person she was, but rather cruel to the female, despising her or ignoring her altogether.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
She knew that to uphold this dignity, they must ignore what she said, even if she stood in the next room and almost shouted.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 4
By Margaret Mitche Context
immunityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. protection; exemption from normal legal duties
impecuniousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. without money; poor; penniless
impedespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. hinder; charge with improper conduct; challenge validity of; try to discredit
Venn was not mistaken in supposing that any person who had sunk for the last time would be washed down to this point, for when they had examined to about halfway across something impeded their thrust.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Norris might never have saved her money; but having no care of that kind, there was nothing to impede her frugality, or lessen the comfort of making a yearly addition to an income which they had never lived up to.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 1
By Jane Austen Context
imperturbablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unshakably calm; placid; incapable of being disturbed or disconcerted
Instead of there being before him the pale face of Eustacia, and a masculine shape unknown, there was only the imperturbable countenance of the heath, which, having defied the cataclysmal onsets of centuries, reduced to insignificance by its seamed and antique features the wildest turmoil of a single man.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
importspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. bring in from another country
There was an improving party assembled on the auspicious occasion, who knew what everything they had to eat and drink was made of, and how it was imported or exported, and in what quantities, and in what bottoms, whether native or foreign, and all about it.
Hard Times - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
imposespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. demand; force; compel to behave in a certain way
He was a man of about fifty, tall, portly, and imposing, with a massive, strongly marked face and a commanding figure.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I am sure he still means to impose on me if possible, and get a cousin of his own into a certain mill, which I design for somebody else.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 42
By Jane Austen Context
The world is blinded by his fortune and consequence, or frightened by his high and imposing manners, and sees him only as he chooses to be seen.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 16
By Jane Austen Context
improvisespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. compose, perform, or do something with little or no preparation
incitespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. arouse to action; motivate; induce to exist
incongruousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not fitting; lacking in harmony or compatibility
In the years that followed that second christening, many changes had taken place in her that made the pet name incongruous.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
It might have seemed to him a waste of pomp and ammunition to kill a bug with a battery of artillery, but there seemed nothing incongruous about the getting up such an expensive thunderstorm as this to knock the turf from under an insect like himself.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 22
By Mark Twain Context
incredulousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. difficult to believe; incredible; skeptical
James Harthouse looked at her with an incredulous smile upon his lips; but her mind looked over and beyond him, and the smile was quite thrown away.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
I go home, more incredulous than ever, to a lodging that I have hard by; and get up very early in the morning, to ride to the Highgate road and fetch my aunt.
David Copperfield - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
indomitablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unconquerable; incapable of being overcome
With indomitable patience and perseverance, Jefferson Hope possessed also a power of sustained vindictiveness, which he may have learned from the Indians amongst whom he had lived.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
inertiaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. property of matter by which it tends when at rest to remain so, and when in motion to continue in motion, and in the same straight line or direction
For the rest, among the old trees was depth within depth of grey, hopeless inertia, silence, nothingness.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 6
By D H Lawrence Context
infectionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. moral corruption or contamination; invasion of body which can lead to tissue damage and disease
infirmityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. weakness; bodily ailment or weakness, especially one brought on by old age
This is by no means a disparagement to his character; for many official personages, who are held in high respect and admiration, are the victims of similar infirmities.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
The old woman was so decent and contented, and made so light of her infirmities, though they had increased upon her since her former interview with Stephen, that they both took an interest in her.
Hard Times - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
She murmured, however, even in her reception of me, that she was out of her own chamber because its aspect was unsuited to her infirmity; and with her stately look repelled the least suspicion of the truth.
David Copperfield - Chapter 56
By Charles Dickens Context
inscribespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. write or engrave; mark down as something to be read; imprint; assign or address to
I awoke with them, often, in the night; I remember to have even read them, in dreams, inscribed upon the walls of houses.
David Copperfield - Chapter 48
By Charles Dickens Context
These Seven Commandments would now be inscribed on the wall; they would form an unalterable law by which all the animals on Animal Farm must live for ever after.
Animal Farm - Chapter 2
By George Orwell Context
The interview left Sherlock Holmes very thoughtful, and several times in the next few days I saw him take his slip of paper from his notebook and look long and earnestly at the curious figures inscribed upon it.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
inscrutablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. impenetrable; not readily understood; mysterious
Clifford sat in the pale sun, with the light on his smooth, rather blond hair, his reddish full face inscrutable.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 5
By D H Lawrence Context
For an hour or more he was at work, returning at last with his feet heavy with snow and his features as inscrutable as ever.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Bounderby sat looking at her, as, with the points of a stiff, sharp pair of scissors, she picked out holes for some inscrutable ornamental purpose, in a piece of cambric.
Hard Times - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
intermittentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. periodic; on and off; stopping and starting at intervals
Shocked at first by his rudeness, the ladies finally became accustomed to him and, as he was so silent, except for intermittent explosions of tobacco juice, they took him as much for granted as the horses he drove and forgot his very existence.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 42
By Margaret Mitche Context
irasciblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. irritable; easily angered; excited by or arising from anger
He was almost barefoot, crawling with lice, and he was hungry, but his irascible spirit was unimpaired.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 19
By Margaret Mitche Context
Brownlow, who was himself of an irascible temperament, and party by such arguments and representations as seemed best calculated to dissuade him from his hotbrained purpose.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
jabberspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. talk rapidly, unintelligibly, or idly
jostlespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. come into rough contact with while moving; make one's way by pushing or elbowing
Sparsit, with an affectation of humility the very opposite of his, and therefore in no danger of jostling it.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
He is down upon the pavement; and the crowd eagerly gather round him: each new comer, jostling and struggling with the others to catch a glimpse.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
Invading Carpetbaggers made Atlanta their headquarters and on the streets they jostled against representatives of the oldest families in the South who were likewise newcomers in the town.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 37
By Margaret Mitche Context
lamentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. grieve; express sorrow; regret deeply
You never gave a damn about the late lamented Confederacy and you care less about the starving Confederates.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 36
By Margaret Mitche Context
Your profusion makes me saving; and if you lament over him much longer, my heart will be as light as a feather.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 40
By Jane Austen Context
He did believe it, as the noise without shook the window, rattled at the door below, and went about the house clamouring and lamenting.
Hard Times - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
languidspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness
Jack Maldon shook hands with me; but not very warmly, I believed; and with an air of languid patronage, at which I secretly took great umbrage.
David Copperfield - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
Her breath, her skin, her lips, all flattered Elinor with signs of amendment; and Marianne fixed her eyes on her with a rational, though languid, gaze.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 43
By Jane Austen Context
In India she had always been too hot and languid and weak to care much about anything, but in this place she was beginning to care and to want to do new things.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 8
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
latitudespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. freedom from normal restraints; angular distance north or south of the earth's equator
Beyond the irregular carpet of grass was a row of white palings, which marked the verge of the heath in this latitude.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
He did not want them to die of love; but with sense and temper which ought to have made him judge and feel better, he allowed himself great latitude on such points.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 5
By Jane Austen Context
lecturespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. teaching by giving a discourse on some subject; speech that is open to the public
He is a lecturer and a consultant, but he does not care for general practice, which distracts him from his literary work.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I can only give short lectures now because I am very young, and besides Ben Weatherstaff would feel as if he were in church and he would go to sleep.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 26
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
Linton, to mend matters, paid us a visit himself on the morrow, and read the young master such a lecture on the road he guided his family, that he was stirred to look about him, in earnest.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 6
By Emily Bronte Context
leisurelyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unhurried; slow; taking abundant time
While he said these words in a leisurely, critical style, she continued to look at every one of us in regular succession as we sat.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
He was kissing her now and his mustache tickled her mouth, kissing her with slow, hot lips that were so leisurely as though he had the whole night before him.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 23
By Margaret Mitche Context
After walking several miles in a leisurely manner, and too busy to know anything about it, they found at last, on examining their watches, that it was time to be at home.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 58
By Jane Austen Context
leniencyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. mildness; quality of mercy or forgiveness, especially in the assignment of punishment as in a court case
I will appeal to the law too; but when you have gone too far to recede, do not sue to me for leniency, when the power will have passed into other hands; and do not say I plunged you down the gulf into which you rushed, yourself.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
lettucespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. any of various plants of the genus lactuca, cultivated for their edible leaves
licensespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. official or legal permission to do or own a specified thing
They ruled that no one could get a letter our of the post office without taking the Iron Clad oath and, in some instances, they even prohibited the issuance of marriage licenses unless the couples had taken the hated oath.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 37
By Margaret Mitche Context
It was impossible but that Mrs Clay must hate the sight of Mr Elliot; and yet she could assume a most obliging, placid look, and appear quite satisfied with the curtailed license of devoting herself only half as much to Sir Walter as she would have done otherwise.
Persuasion - Chapter 22
By Jane Austen Context
limbspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. arm; leg; any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree
His eyes fell again on the bottle, and a tremble passed over him, causing him to shiver in every limb.
Hard Times - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
Surely your medical experience would tell you, Watson, that weakness in one limb is often compensated for by exceptional strength in the others.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
His hands were clenched and his arms thrown abroad, while his lower limbs were interlocked as though his death struggle had been a grievous one.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
loftyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. high, tall, having great height; idealistic, implying over-optimism
She knew I did; for the stateliness of her manner already abated towards me, except when she spoke in praise of him, and then her air was always lofty.
David Copperfield - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
Sir Walter had taken a very good house in Camden Place, a lofty dignified situation, such as becomes a man of consequence; and both he and Elizabeth were settled there, much to their satisfaction.
Persuasion - Chapter 15
By Jane Austen Context
luminousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. shining; emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light
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
Though her eyes were closed, one could easily imagine the light necessarily shining in them as the culmination of the luminous workmanship around.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
malfeasancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by public official
malfunctionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. failure; breakdown; faulty or abnormal functioning
masqueradespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. assembly of persons wearing masks, and amusing themselves with dancing, conversation, or other diversions; dramatic performance by actors in masks
There was no one to tell Scarlett that her own personality, frighteningly vital though it was, was more attractive than any masquerade she might adopt.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 5
By Margaret Mitche Context
massacrespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. killing of a considerable number of human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty
methodspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. orderly procedure or process; regular manner of doing anything
Their method was to fly up to the rafters and there lay their eggs, which smashed to pieces on the floor.
Animal Farm - Chapter 7
By George Orwell Context
It is true that you have missed everything of importance, but you have hit upon the method, and you have a quick eye for colour.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
His method is as follows: He allows it to be known that he is prepared to pay very high sums for letters which compromise people of wealth and position.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
migrantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. habitually moving from place to place especially in search of seasonal work; wandering
mimicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. copy or imitate closely, especially in speech, expression
The actors in the mimic life of the theatre, are blind to violent transitions and abrupt impulses of passion or feeling, which, presented before the eyes of mere spectators, are at once condemned as outrageous and preposterous.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
mimicryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. imitation; act, practice, or art of mimicking
minorityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group
In that section, the Confederate sympathizers were in the minority and the hand of war fell heavily upon them, as it did on all the border states, neighbor informing against neighbor and brother killing brother.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 14
By Margaret Mitche Context
If it were a girl, it was to inherit the money unconditionally; but if a boy, only on the stipulation that in his minority he should never have stained his name with any public act of dishonour, meanness, cowardice, or wrong.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
miscellaneousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. mixed; mingled; consisting of several things; of diverse sorts; promiscuous; heterogeneous
He was a sort of town traveller for a number of miscellaneous houses, now; but made little or nothing of it, I am afraid.
David Copperfield - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
misleadingspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. deceptive; giving the wrong idea or impression
mobilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. movable; not fixed; fluid; unstable
Thus the night revealed little of her whose form it was embracing, for the mobile parts of her countenance could not be seen.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
modifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. alter; make partial or minor changes to
I candidly own that I have modified my views a little, in deference to you; and it should satisfy you.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
To whom I imparted how my uncle had come in the night and was then asleep, and how the breakfast preparations were to be modified accordingly.
Great Expectations - Chapter 40
By Charles Dickens Context
When he was very much interested he often spoke quite broad Yorkshire though at other times he tried to modify his dialect so that Mary could better understand.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 18
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
monotonousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. boring; dull; tediously repetitious or lacking in variety
Chilling winds swept beneath the doorsills and rattled the loose windowpanes with a monotonous tinkling sound.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 28
By Margaret Mitche Context
It was like my own marsh country, flat and monotonous, and with a dim horizon; while the winding river turned and turned, and the great floating buoys upon it turned and turned, and everything else seemed stranded and still.
Great Expectations - Chapter 54
By Charles Dickens Context