8th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 8: Vocabulary - List 2

bequeathspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. leave to someone by a will; hand down
Henry Dashwood, the legal inheritor of the Norland estate, and the person to whom he intended to bequeath it.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 1
By Jane Austen Context
All the rest he died possessed of, he bequeathed to Peggotty; whom he left residuary legatee, and sole executrix of that his last will and testament.
David Copperfield - Chapter 31
By Charles Dickens Context
blightspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate
Do not allow a trivial misunderstanding to wither the blossoms of spring, which, once put forth and blighted, cannot be renewed.
David Copperfield - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
He hoped that Mary would forget his shoes, but the hope was blighted; she coated them thoroughly with tallow, as was the custom, and brought them out.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 4
By Mark Twain Context
She was certain that some romantic sorrow had blighted his life and made him hard and bitter, and she felt that what he needed was the love of a good woman.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 12
By Margaret Mitche Context
bountifulspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. abundant; graciously generous; giving freely and generously
bovinespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. dull, slow-moving, and stolid, like an ox; placid and dull
brazenspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having loud, usually harsh, resonant sound; shameless
I had never been struck at so keenly, for my thanklessness to Joe, as through the brazen impostor Pumblechook.
Great Expectations - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
When these hot fits were over, however, he would rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, like a man who can brazen it out no longer against the terror which lies at the roots of his soul.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
broadcastspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. message that is transmitted by radio or television; radio or television show
A sweep of chilly air passed by, rustling all the leaves and snowing the flaky ashes broadcast about the fire.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 16
By Mark Twain Context
browbeatspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. bully; intimidate; discourage or frighten with threats
bulwarkspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
There was only one thing in the world that was a certain bulwark against any calamity which fate could bring, and that was money.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 37
By Margaret Mitche Context
But a great cry, which was audible even above the wind and water, rose from the shore at this moment; the sea, sweeping over the rolling wreck, made a clean breach, and carried men, spars, casks, planks, bulwarks, heaps of such toys, into the boiling surge.
David Copperfield - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
burlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. husky; muscular and heavily built
He was a burly man of an exceedingly dark complexion, with an exceedingly large head, and a corresponding large hand.
Great Expectations - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
The words were hardly out of his mouth before a man appeared at the door of the room, a very fat and burly man, with a heavy stick in his hand.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
cachespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. hiding place; secret store of valuables or money
calamityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. event that brings terrible loss, lasting distress, or severe affliction; disaster; misery
And yet my thoughts were idle; not intent on the calamity that weighed upon my heart, but idly loitering near it.
David Copperfield - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
It was a solemn thing, to hear, in the darkened room, the feeble voice of the sick child recounting a weary catalogue of evils and calamities which hard men had brought upon him.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 30
By Charles Dickens Context
calligraphyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. beautiful writing; excellent penmanship
camaraderiespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. good-fellowship; companionship; close friendship in friends or teammates
caperspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. leap or jump about in a sprightly manner; skip; spring
Jip would bark and caper round us, and go on before, and look back on the landing, breathing short, to see that we were coming.
David Copperfield - Chapter 48
By Charles Dickens Context
He wanted to shout and to sing and to kiss her and to caper about the lawn and then run tell everyone, black and white, that she loved him.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 6
By Margaret Mitche Context
carcinogenspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. any substance that produces cancer
chandelierspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. branched, decorative lighting fixture that holds a number of bulbs or candles and is suspended from a ceiling
The old wintry branches of chandeliers in the room where the mouldering table was spread had been lighted while we were out, and Miss Havisham was in her chair and waiting for me.
Great Expectations - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
Then the hardwood floors had shone like glass, and overhead the chandelier with its hundreds of tiny prisms had caught and reflected every ray of the dozens of candles it bore, flinging them, like gleams from diamonds, flame and sapphire about the room.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 35
By Margaret Mitche Context
circumventspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. surround an enemy; enclose or entrap; beat by cleverness and wit
The sense that he was watched, that craft was employed to circumvent his errant tastes, added piquancy to a journey so entirely sentimental, so long as the danger was of no fearful sort.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
citespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. quote; adduce as an instance
clamorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. noise; loud outcry; expression of discontent or protest
The moment a candle was lighted there was a general rush upon the owner of it; a struggle and a gallant defence followed, but the candle was soon knocked down or blown out, and then there was a glad clamor of laughter and a new chase.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 29
By Mark Twain Context
claustrophobiaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. abnormal fear of being in narrow or enclosed spaces
cleavespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. split with or as if with a sharp instrument; pierce or penetrate; remain faithful to
clichespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. obvious remark; overused expression or idea
colloquialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of informal spoken language or conversation; conversational or chatty
combustiblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of igniting and burning; easily aroused or excited
commemoratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. serve as a memorial to; honor the memory of with a ceremony
THIS is not the place to commemorate the trials and privations endured by the immigrant Mormons before they came to their final haven.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
commiseratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. feel or express pity or sympathy for
complyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. yield assent; accord; agree, or acquiesce; adapt one's self; fulfill; accomplish
She fancied, however, that her request had been complied with, and that the pen she could not have held was in her hand.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
I complied, in a very uncomfortable state, and with a warm shooting all over me, as if my apprehensions were breaking out into buds.
David Copperfield - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
Oliver complied; marvelling where the people could be found to read such a great number of books as seemed to be written to make the world wiser.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
conclavespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a confidential or secret meeting
condensationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. compression; the conversion of a vapor or gas to a liquid
condolencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. expression of sympathy with another in sorrow or grief.
In the seventh week, there came a telegram from Colonel Hampton himself, and then a letter, a kind, dignified letter of condolence.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 7
By Margaret Mitche Context
With these expressions of condolence, the fat gentleman shook hands with both ladies, and drawing up a chair, inquired how they found themselves.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
conferspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. bestow; present; have a conference in order to talk something over
Thomas Traddles, to our present abode, and there reciprocate the wishes natural to the occasion, you will confer a Boon.
David Copperfield - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
It was announced that the battle would be called the Battle of the Windmill, and that Napoleon had created a new decoration, the Order of the Green Banner, which he had conferred upon himself.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
confiscatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. seize as forfeited to the public treasury; appropriate to the public use
She remembered all too vividly her struggles during those first days of Reconstruction, her fears that the soldiers and the Carpetbaggers would confiscate her money and her property.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 58
By Margaret Mitche Context
He made no answer: being occupied mentally bewailing the loss of the flute, which had been confiscated for the use of the county: so Nancy passed on to the next cell, and knocked there.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
confiscationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. seizure by the government
They had not been broken by the crash of empires, the machetes of revolting slaves, war, rebellion, proscription, confiscation.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 24
By Margaret Mitche Context
conflagrationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
She made a great point of being so near the river, in case of a conflagration; and I suppose really did find some satisfaction in that circumstance.
David Copperfield - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
The engines were soon upon the spot, but the dry wood burned with great fury, and it was impossible to arrest the conflagration until the stack had been entirely consumed.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
congenialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. pleasant or agreeable because suited to one's taste; compatible
And I have no doubt she did; or that he loved her, however strange it may appear; though, to be sure, they were a congenial couple.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
He hastened upstairs, and a few minutes later I heard the slam of the hall door, which told me that he was off once more upon his congenial hunt.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I was brought up in the freer, less conventional atmosphere of South Australia, and this English life, with its proprieties and its primness, is not congenial to me.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
conglomerationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a rounded spherical form; a sum total of many heterogenous things taken together
conjecturespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
In short, I could learn nothing but that she was gone; all the rest, for eight long months, was left to conjecture.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 31
By Jane Austen Context
It is, in short, impossible for us to conjecture the causes or circumstances which may have alienated them, without actual blame on either side.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 17
By Jane Austen Context
What her last illness was, I am not certain: I conjecture, they died of the same thing, a kind of fever, slow at its commencement, but incurable, and rapidly consuming life towards the close.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 18
By Emily Bronte Context
conservativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change
constablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a police officer of the lowest rank; a lawman with less authority and jurisdiction than a sheriff
As soon as we lost the sound of their feet we quit chasing, and went down and stirred up the constables.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 30
By Mark Twain Context
We had all risen to our feet, our prisoner breathing hard, with a stalwart constable on each side of him.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
On enquiry we found that the constable was in bed, and we were shown into a little front parlour to await his coming.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
contagiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. infectious; of or relating to communicable diseases
Grimwig lost no time in carrying this notice into effect upon the blushing girl; and the example, being contagious, was followed both by the doctor and Mr.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
As Uncle Peter told her about them, Scarlett felt that Atlanta must be a city of the wounded, for there were general hospitals, contagious hospitals, convalescent hospitals without number.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
contemplativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. deeply or seriously thoughtful
If he looks out through the glass, the boldest boy (Steerforth excepted) stops in the middle of a shout or yell, and becomes contemplative.
David Copperfield - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
contradictionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. assertion of contrary; denial of the truth of a statement or assertion; opposition, whether by argument or conduct
Joseph objected at first; she was too much in earnest, however, to suffer contradiction; and at last he placed his hat on his head, and walked grumbling forth.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 9
By Emily Bronte Context
Drummle and I then sat snorting at one another for an hour, while the Grove engaged in indiscriminate contradiction, and finally the promotion of good feeling was declared to have gone ahead at an amazing rate.
Great Expectations - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
contravenedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. deny the truth of; go against, as of rules and laws
conveyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. carry from one place to another; bear or transport
Judge Thatcher sent messages of hope and encouragement from the cave, but they conveyed no real cheer.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 30
By Mark Twain Context
Sleary, saving for the first instant, conveyed no more expression into his locomotive eye than into his fixed one.
Hard Times - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
Bumble felt that it rather tended to convey a reflection on the honour of the parish; the latter gentleman thought it advisable to change the subject.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
counterpartspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. duplicate copy; analogue; one that closely resembles another
cowardicespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. lack of courage to face danger; extreme timidity; base fear of danger or hurt; lack of spirit
Inquiries were made as to how it got there; I was obliged to confess, and in recompense for my cowardice and inhumanity was sent out of the house.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 4
By Emily Bronte Context
War romances, war weddings, deaths in hospitals and on the field, incidents of camp and battle and march, gallantry, cowardice, humor, sadness, deprivation and hope.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 17
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
crevicespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. gap; a long narrow opening
With the first ray of light that struggled through the crevices in the shutters, Oliver arose, and again unbarred the door.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
Ordinarily one could find half a dozen bits of candle stuck around in the crevices of this vestibule, left there by tourists; but there were none now.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 33
By Mark Twain Context
At first it seemed that green things would never cease pushing their way through the earth, in the grass, in the beds, even in the crevices of the walls.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 23
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
cursoryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
debaclespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. sudden downfall; complete disaster
debonairspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. friendly; of good appearance and manners; graceful
decadencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline; falling off or away; decay
deceleratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. slow down rate of advancement of; decrease speed of
deceptivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. misleading, likely or attempting to deceive; fraudulent
decreespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. order from one having authority; decision, order, or sentence by court
He is connected with the Mafia, which, as you know, is a secret political society, enforcing its decrees by murder.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
As his last act upon earth, Comrade Napoleon had pronounced a solemn decree: the drinking of alcohol was to be punished by death.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
I am too well aware that when, in the inscrutable decrees of Fate, you were reserved for me, it is possible you may have been reserved for one, destined, after a protracted struggle, at length to fall a victim to pecuniary involvements of a complicated nature.
David Copperfield - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
deferspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. delay till later; put off; hold back to a later time
If you and Miss Bennet will defer yours till I am out of the room, I shall be very thankful; and then you may say whatever you like of me.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
Not to make Joe uneasy by talking too much, even if I had been able to talk much, I deferred asking him about Miss Havisham until next day.
Great Expectations - Chapter 57
By Charles Dickens Context
And with this admirable discretion did she defer the assurance of her finding their mutual relatives more disagreeable than ever, and of her being particularly disgusted with his mother, till they were more in private.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 35
By Jane Austen Context
delugespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. great flood; heavy downpour; any overflowing of water
The thunder was rolling into distance, and the rain was pouring down like a deluge, when the door of his room opened.
Hard Times - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
It was a passion to get her affairs in order before she had to retire behind doors, to have as much money as possible in case the deluge broke upon her again, to have a stout levee of cash against the rising tide of Yankee hate.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 38
By Margaret Mitche Context