7th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 7: Vocabulary - List 8

shredspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a small amount; a long, narrow piece cut or torn off; long irregular strip that is cut or torn off
The work being now finished, the two girls, whose names I had not heard, brushed the shreds and threads from their dresses, and went into the shop to put that to rights, and wait for customers.
David Copperfield - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
siegespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. seat, especially a royal seat; throne; rank; grade; sitting before a fortified place; surrounding or investing of a place by army
singularspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unique; extraordinary; being only one
When he drew nearer he perceived it to be a spring van, ordinary in shape, but singular in colour, this being a lurid red.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Jabez Wilson here has been good enough to call upon me this morning, and to begin a narrative which promises to be one of the most singular which I have listened to for some time.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
With Hareton the resemblance is carried farther: it is singular at all times, then it was particularly striking; because his senses were alert, and his mental faculties wakened to unwonted activity.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 33
By Emily Bronte Context
skepticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. doubter; person who suspends judgment until evidence has been examined
slackenspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. become slower; loosen; become less vigorous, intense, or severe
Melanie hung onto it as though it were a life line, straining, pulling it taut, slackening it, tearing it.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 22
By Margaret Mitche Context
As this consideration forced itself upon him, he slackened his pace a little, and meditated upon his means of getting there.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
It was already beginning to slacken, with a slack sort of thinness, almost withered, going old before it had ever really lived.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
sneerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. show contempt by turning up the nose, or by a particular facial expression; speak derisively; show mirth awkwardly
All her life she had heard sneers hurled at the Yankees because their pretensions to gentility were based on wealth, not breeding.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 35
By Margaret Mitche Context
Our visitor had recovered something of his assurance while Holmes had been talking, and he rose from his chair now with a cold sneer upon his pale face.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The orator having refreshed himself, wiped his corrugated forehead from left to right several times with his handkerchief folded into a pad, and concentrated all his revived forces, in a sneer of great disdain and bitterness.
Hard Times - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
solicitousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. worried or concerned; full of desire; expressing care or concern
There was that in his tone which implied distrust of his position as a solicitous lover, a doubt if he were acting fairly towards one whose tastes touched his own only at rare and infrequent points.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Every thing that the most zealous affection, the most solicitous care could do to render her comfortable, was the office of each watchful companion, and each found their reward in her bodily ease, and her calmness of spirits.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 46
By Jane Austen Context
Maria was more to be pitied than Julia; for to her the father brought a husband, and the return of the friend most solicitous for her happiness would unite her to the lover, on whom she had chosen that happiness should depend.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
sophomoricspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. immature; half-baked, like a sophomore
spasmodicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; periodic
She heard her own breath pass from loud evenness to spasmodic sobbing but her eyes were dry and burning as though there would never be tears in them again.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 22
By Margaret Mitche Context
Nothing disturbed the tranquillity of the Castle, but the occasional tumbling open of John and Miss Skiffins: which little doors were a prey to some spasmodic infirmity that made me sympathetically uncomfortable until I got used to it.
Great Expectations - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
splendorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. magnificence; Great light or luster; brilliance; grandeur
On this last evening, I dressed my self out in my new clothes for their delight, and sat in my splendor until bedtime.
Great Expectations - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
He rested again until the sun was well up and gilding the great river with its splendor, and then he plunged into the stream.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 15
By Mark Twain Context
To Wade and Ella, a little dazzled by the size, splendor and fashionable dark gloom of their new home, these two metal animals were the only cheerful notes.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 49
By Margaret Mitche Context
sprawlspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. extend; stretch; spread; sit or lie with the body and limbs spread out awkwardly
Restless, energetic people from the older sections of Georgia and from more distant states were drawn to this town that sprawled itself around the junction of the railroads in its center.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
When they were well exhausted, they would run out and sprawl on the dry, hot sand, and lie there and cover themselves up with it, and by and by break for the water again and go through the original performance once more.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 16
By Mark Twain Context
stiflespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. interrupt or cut off voice; keep in or hold back; suppress; conceal or hide
When I had recovered my breath, and had got rid of a stifling sensation in my throat, I rose up and went on.
David Copperfield - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
As for Aunt Pitty, she was nervously trying to stifle a belch, for the rooster they had had for supper was a tough old bird.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 17
By Margaret Mitche Context
So unnerved was he at the sight that he leaned up against the wall with his hand to his throat to stifle his inclination to call out.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
stuffyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. stout; lacking sufficient ventilation; close; dull and boring
There was a close stuffy smell in the room, compounded of the smoking fire, tobacco fumes, leather, damp woolen uniforms and unwashed bodies.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 34
By Margaret Mitche Context
subterfugespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. pretense; something intended to misrepresent
This was difficult, for Scarlett had not a subtle bone in her body; and Gerald was so much like her he never failed to penetrate her weak subterfuges, even as she penetrated his.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 2
By Margaret Mitche Context
succinctspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. brief or compact; by clear, precise expression in few words
We, at the Grange, never got a very succinct account of his state preceding it; all that I did learn was on occasion of going to aid in the preparations for the funeral.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 17
By Emily Bronte Context
succumbspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. submit to an overpowering force; yield to an overwhelming desire; give up or give in
superiorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. greater rank or station or quality; excellent
But when there was no question of contest, she was pining to be superior, to be one of the upper class.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
He knows that I am his superior, and acknowledges it to me; but he would cut his tongue out before he would own it to any third person.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
His good looks and his rank had one fair claim on his attachment; since to them he must have owed a wife of very superior character to any thing deserved by his own.
Persuasion - Chapter 1
By Jane Austen Context
sympathizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. be understanding of; feel or express sympathy or compassion
And naturally the British aristocracy sympathized with the Confederacy, as one aristocrat with another, against a race of dollar lovers like the Yankees.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 9
By Margaret Mitche Context
At length I begged him, with all the earnestness I felt, to tell me what had occurred to cross him so unusually, and to let me sympathize with him, if I could not hope to advise him.
David Copperfield - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
synthesisspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. combining parts into a coherent whole; putting of two or more things togethe
taciturnspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. silent or reserved in speech; saying little; not inclined to speak or converse
All that day and the next and the next Holmes was in a mood which his friends would call taciturn, and others morose.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Old and young, talkative and taciturn, rich planter and sallow Cracker, they all had two things in common, lice and dysentery.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 30
By Margaret Mitche Context
Now he made a third in the gondola, and he bathed with them across the lagoon, and was their escort: a quiet, almost taciturn young man, very advanced in his art.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
tacticsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. strategy; policy; plan for attaining a particular goal
tariffspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. tax on goods coming into a country
tarnishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make dirty or spotty; stain; dull the luster of; discolor, especially by exposure to air or dirt
There were none there, and she took from her pocket a yellow set of ivory tablets, mounted in tarnished gold, and wrote upon them with a pencil in a case of tarnished gold that hung from her neck.
Great Expectations - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
technologyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. application of science, especially to industrial or commercial objectives
terrificspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. causing extreme terror; very great; extraordinarily good
And that night there came on a terrific storm, with driving rain, awful claps of thunder and blinding sheets of lightning.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 22
By Mark Twain Context
The difficulties under which they had laboured all night, and which had found utterance in the most terrific gasps and snorts, are not to be conceived.
David Copperfield - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
But Charley Bates, at this moment, calling his attention by a perfectly terrific howl, he suddenly altered its destination, and flung it full at that young gentleman.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
therapeuticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. curative; having or exhibiting healing powers; relating to healing art
thriftyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. careful about money; economical
trekspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. travel; journey or leg of a journey, especially when slow or difficult
tremorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. shaking or vibrating movement; slight quiver
Everybody was satisfied; and she was left to the tremors of a most palpitating heart, while the others prepared to begin.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
His insistent mouth was parting her shaking lips, sending wild tremors along her nerves, evoking from her sensations she had never known she was capable of feeling.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 47
By Margaret Mitche Context
trespassspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. unlawfully enter boundaries of some else's property; commit an offense or a sin
I told him it was a nuisance to have the woman trespassing: to which he replied that he had no power to arrest her.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
tributespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. payment in money made by one ruler or nation; tax; mark of respect; praiseworthy quality
It was the same intangible, unspectacular courage that all the Wilkeses possessed, a quality which Scarlett did not understand but to which she gave grudging tribute.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 26
By Margaret Mitche Context
In comparing her recollection of Pemberley with the minute description which Wickham could give, and in bestowing her tribute of praise on the character of its late possessor, she was delighting both him and herself.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 25
By Jane Austen Context
When they had paid their tribute of politeness by curtsying to the lady of the house, they were permitted to mingle in the crowd, and take their share of the heat and inconvenience, to which their arrival must necessarily add.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 28
By Jane Austen Context
tropicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. relating to region on either side of the equator; hot and humid
Her beginning to dance had been like a change of atmosphere; outside, she had been steeped in arctic frigidity by comparison with the tropical sensations here.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
unconscionablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lacking conscience; greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
unrulyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. difficult or impossible to discipline, control, or rule; not according to rule; irregularly
unscathedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not harmed or damaged in any way; untouched
unwieldyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. difficult to use or handle because of size or weight or shape; lacking grace in movement or posture
It was all that the girl could do to keep herself in the saddle, yet a slip would mean a terrible death under the hoofs of the unwieldy and terrified animals.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
upheavalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. violent disturbance; sudden, violent disruption or upset
utensilspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. instrument, implement, or container for practical use, especially in kitchen or laboratory
There was a semblance of order in the front of the store, where tall shelves rose into the gloom stacked with bright bolts of cloth, china, cooking utensils and notions.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 36
By Margaret Mitche Context
She passed with her candle into an inner room, where, among other utensils, were two large brown pans, containing together perhaps a hundredweight of liquid honey, the produce of the bees during the foregoing summer.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
utilitarianspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. practical and functional, not just for show
vaccinespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. harmless form of the germs that cause a disease to prevent people getting the actual disease
variegatedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. streaked, spotted, or marked with a variety of color; very colorful
velocityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. rapidity or speed of motion; swiftness
Clym reached the hatches, the framework of which was shaken to its foundations by the velocity of the current.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
She would shoot with consummate velocity from the roof to the hall, yet would be in full possession of her breath and dignity on the moment of her arrival there.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
ventriloquistspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one who can make his voice seem to come from another person or thing
vertigospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. severe dizziness; reeling sensation; feeling about to fall
vicinityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. state of being near in space or relationship; proximity
So near a vicinity to her mother and Meryton relations was not desirable even to his easy temper, or her affectionate heart.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 61
By Jane Austen Context
James Harthouse in the meantime on a round of visits to the voting and interesting notabilities of Coketown and its vicinity.
Hard Times - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
She was seldom seen on Peachtree Street or in any nice neighborhood, but when she did appear respectable women made haste to cross the street to remove themselves from her vicinity.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 13
By Margaret Mitche Context
vignettespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. unbordered picture, often a portrait; decorative design placed at beginning or end of book or chapter; short literary sketch
violatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. treat in a violent manner; abuse; do violence to; disturb; interrupt
But they saw now that the Commandment had not been violated; for clearly there was good reason for killing the traitors who had leagued themselves with Snowball.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
volumespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. capacity; amount of space occupied by an object
Leaning on the table, he rapidly turned over the leaves of this volume until he came to the entry which he sought.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Carelessly at first; but, lighting on a passage which attracted his attention, he soon became intent upon the volume.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
We were very happy; and that evening, as the last of its race, and destined evermore to close that volume of my life, will never pass out of my memory.
David Copperfield - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
vowspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. solemn promise made to God; promise of fidelity; pledge of love or affection
Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening on the very morning of the wedding.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
waftspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cause to go gently and smoothly through air or over water
The winds you are going to tempt, have wafted thousands upon thousands to fortune, and brought thousands upon thousands happily back.
David Copperfield - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
whistlespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make a kind of musical sound by lips; emit a similar sound from mouth as birds
And iron clanked with a huge reverberating clank, and huge lorries shook the earth, and whistles screamed.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 11
By D H Lawrence Context
On and on they drove through the darkness, and though the rain stopped, the wind rushed by and whistled and made strange sounds.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 3
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
Sometimes he was making progress and whistled and sang at his work; sometimes he was puzzled, and would sit for long spells with a furrowed brow and a vacant eye.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
whittlespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. reduce or eliminate gradually, with knife; cut small bits off
He was clever at whittling and Wade was constantly by his side, for he whittled out toys for him, the only toys the little boy had.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 30
By Margaret Mitche Context
widespreadspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. spread or scattered over a considerable extent; occurring or accepted widely
Worn and exhausted, he leaned upon his rifle and shook his gaunt hand fiercely at the silent widespread city beneath him.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The avenue ran through a noble park, between lines of ancient elms, and ended in a low, widespread house, pillared in front after the fashion of Palladio.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
widthspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. measurement of the extent of something from side to side
The bottom of the vale was green to a width of ten yards or thereabouts, and the shining facets of frost upon the blades of grass seemed to move on with the shadows of those they surrounded.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
witherspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. shrivel; decay; lose freshness, vigor, or vitality; loss of moisture
It was an old woman, tall and shapely still, though withered by time, on whom his eyes fell when he stopped and turned.
Hard Times - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
When they had sat in silence for some time, the two old women rose from the bed, and crouching over the fire, held out their withered hands to catch the heat.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes.
Great Expectations - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
xenophobiaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. exaggerated or abnormal fear of strangers or foreigners
yawnspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. open the mouth wide with a deep inhalation, usually involuntarily from drowsiness, fatigue, or boredom
He found Holmes leaning languidly against the mantelpiece, resigned and patient, endeavouring to conceal his irrepressible yawns.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 13
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
Stretching with the curious yawn of desire, for he had been alone and apart from man or woman for four years, he rose and took his coat again, and his gun, lowered the lamp and went out into the starry night, with the dog.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
yieldspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. give in; surrender; give forth a natural product; be productive
It is inconceivable, for example, that this ivy and this lawn would have yielded nothing to an expert observer.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Huck started sorrowfully away, and Tom stood looking after him, with a strong desire tugging at his heart to yield his pride and go along too.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 16
By Mark Twain Context
For when I yielded to the temptation presented by the casks, and began to walk on them, I saw her walking on them at the end of the yard of casks.
Great Expectations - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context