8th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 8: Vocabulary - List 3

demeanspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. degrade; debase, as in dignity or social standing
deplorespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. feel or express strong disapproval of; condemn; express sorrow or grief over; regret
As to deploring her misfortunes, she appeared to have entirely lost the recollection of ever having had any.
David Copperfield - Chapter 32
By Charles Dickens Context
While Frank and his quiet churchgoing friends realized the necessity of the system, they deplored it just the same.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 41
By Margaret Mitche Context
After completely exhausting herself, she stopped to take breath: and, as if suddenly recollecting herself, and deploring her inability to do something she was bent upon, wrung her hands, and burst into tears.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
deployspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. position troops in readiness for combat, as along a front or line; put into use or action
derivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. obtain or receive from a source; trace the origin or development of
That person is the person from whom you derive your expectations, and the secret is solely held by that person and by me.
Great Expectations - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
I shall, however, preserve my former rule, and give the preference to those cases which derive their interest not so much from the brutality of the crime as from the ingenuity and dramatic quality of the solution.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
derogatoryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. expressing low opinion; disparaging; belittling
To have imposed any derogatory work upon him, would have been to inflict a wanton insult on the feelings of a most respectable man.
David Copperfield - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
desecratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. violate with violence, especially to sacred place
desolatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unpopulated; providing no shelter or sustenance; devoid of inhabitants
I had done so, and was looking along the desolate garden walk, when I beheld a solitary figure in it.
Great Expectations - Chapter 59
By Charles Dickens Context
He wandered far from the accustomed haunts of boys, and sought desolate places that were in harmony with his spirit.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 3
By Mark Twain Context
He was alone in a strange place; and we all know how chilled and desolate the best of us will sometimes feel in such a situation.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
despicablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; mean; vile; worthless
And when passion is dead, or absent, then the magnificent throb of beauty is incomprehensible and even a little despicable; warm, live beauty of contact, so much deeper than the beauty of vision.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
deterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. keep from; stop; prevent or discourage from acting
His pride, in that direction, may be of service, if not to himself, to many others, for it must only deter him from such foul misconduct as I have suffered by.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 41
By Jane Austen Context
He immediately began to talk to Drummle: not at all deterred by his replying in his heavy reticent way, but apparently led on by it to screw discourse out of him.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
She would not allow the presence of Lucy, nor the consciousness of some injustice towards herself, to deter her from saying that she was happy to see him, and that she had very much regretted being from home, when he called before in Berkeley Street.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 35
By Jane Austen Context
detestspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards
I really had not yet been able to make up my mind whether I liked Uriah or detested him; and I was very doubtful about it still, as I stood looking him in the face in the street.
David Copperfield - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
I detest jargon of every kind, and sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in but what was worn and hackneyed out of all sense and meaning.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
dichotomyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses
dictionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. choice and use of words in speech or writing
disarrayspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. throw into disorder; break the array of.
discernspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. detect; perceive or recognize something
Glancing under the dark trees Scarlett could just discern the tall ghostly chimneys still rearing above the silent ruin.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 39
By Margaret Mitche Context
At length Thomasin reached a hollow and began to discern through the rain a faint blotted radiance, which presently assumed the oblong form of an open door.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Under the circumstances, I felt that Joe could hardly fail to discern in the pale young gentleman, an appropriate passenger to be put into the black velvet coach; therefore, I said nothing of him.
Great Expectations - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
discrepancyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. lack of consistency; lack of compatibility or similarity between two or more facts
disgruntledspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unhappy; dissatisfied; frustrated
disingenuousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. giving a false appearance of frankness; not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating
Mr Elliot is evidently a disingenuous, artificial, worldly man, who has never had any better principle to guide him than selfishness.
Persuasion - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
dismantlespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. take apart; disassemble; tear down
The furniture was scattered about in every direction, with dismantled shelves and open drawers, as if the lady had hurriedly ransacked them before her flight.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
disparagespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. belittle; speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; reduce in esteem or rank
When she went out of the room with Miss Murdstone (no other ladies were of the party), I fell into a reverie, only disturbed by the cruel apprehension that Miss Murdstone would disparage me to her.
David Copperfield - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
disparityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. difference; condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree
I might have seen there was too great a disparity between the ages of the parties to make it likely that they were man and wife.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 2
By Emily Bronte Context
There is some disparity in your respective years, but in your means and positions there is none; on the contrary, there is a great suitability.
Hard Times - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
A curious equality of friendship, originating, I suppose, in our respective circumstances, sprung up between me and these people, notwithstanding the ludicrous disparity in our years.
David Copperfield - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
dispersespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. move away from each other; cause to separate; cause to become widely known
Tom waited until the crowd had dispersed, and the bustle was over; and then referred to a posted list of trains, and took counsel with porters.
Hard Times - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
The morning was rather favourable, though it had rained all night, as the clouds were then dispersing across the sky, and the sun frequently appeared.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 13
By Jane Austen Context
dispositionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. natural or acquired habit with tendency; act or means of getting rid of something
My mother was too much afraid of her to refuse compliance with this odd request, if she had any disposition to do so.
David Copperfield - Chapter 1
By Charles Dickens Context
At first he had shown some disposition to assert his own position, but now he was overcome with admiration, and ready to follow without question wherever Holmes led.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
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
dissertationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. formal essay; paper written by candidate for doctoral degree at university
doctrinespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. principles presented for belief, as by religious; principle of law; act of teaching; instruction
Albeit it was as much against the precepts of his school to wonder, as it was against the doctrines of the Gradgrind College.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
Atlanta was crowded with them and still they came by the hundreds, lazy and dangerous as a result of the new doctrines being taught them.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 37
By Margaret Mitche Context
Successful propagandists have succeeded because the doctrine they bring into form is that which their listeners have for some time felt without being able to shape.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
durablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lasting; able to withstand wear, pressure, or damage; hard wearing; enduring
The first solid consolation which Fanny received for the evils of home, the first which her judgment could entirely approve, and which gave any promise of durability, was in a better knowledge of Susan, and a hope of being of service to her.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 40
By Jane Austen Context
edificespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. building, especially one of imposing appearance or size; a structure that has a roof and walls
Misuse of public funds, waste and corruption had reached such proportions during his administration that the edifice was toppling of its own weight.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 58
By Margaret Mitche Context
The solitary exception was the New Church; a stuccoed edifice with a square steeple over the door, terminating in four short pinnacles like florid wooden legs.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
egalitarianspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person who believes in the equality of all people
ekespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. supplement with great effort; add to; augment
With the small competence he possessed, eked out by such employment as he could pick up, he travelled from town to town through the United States in quest of his enemies.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
There were some hooks in the beams of the ceiling, the use of which I did not divine then; and some lockers and boxes and conveniences of that sort, which served for seats and eked out the chairs.
David Copperfield - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens Context
elitespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status
elucidatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify
She could still think of little else all the morning; but, when her father came back in the afternoon with the daily newspaper as usual, she was so far from expecting any elucidation through such a channel that the subject was for a moment out of her head.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 46
By Jane Austen Context
embargospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. ban on commerce or other activity
encroachspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. intrude; invade; take another's rights gradually; advance beyond proper or former limits
Without encroaching on forbidden ground, we may venture to say that there can be no doubt between ourselves of that fact.
Great Expectations - Chapter 30
By Charles Dickens Context
And the chair began to advance slowly, joltingly down the beautiful broad riding washed over with blue encroaching hyacinths.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 13
By D H Lawrence Context
Miss Crawford had a claim; and when it was no longer to encroach on, to interfere with the stronger claims, the truer kindness of another, she could do her justice even with pleasure to herself.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 27
By Jane Austen Context
ennuispeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. feeling of being bored by something tedious
enterprisespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. company; firm; organization created for business ventures
Huck was always willing to take a hand in any enterprise that offered entertainment and required no capital, for he had a troublesome superabundance of that sort of time which is not money.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 25
By Mark Twain Context
epitaphspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. inscription on tombstone in memory
The sturdy old man, whom he had left so short a time before, was gone, then, and this was all his epitaph.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
epochspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. particular period of history, especially one considered remarkable
escapadespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. wild and exciting undertaking; adventurous or unconventional act
He undressed with excessive caution, and fell asleep congratulating himself that nobody knew of his escapade.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 10
By Mark Twain Context
evokespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. bring out; arouse; call forth
When once the law is evoked it cannot be stayed again, and this is just one of those cases where, for the credit of the college, it is most essential to avoid scandal.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The meal was gay enough and even Gerald, presiding absently at the head of the table, managed to evoke from the back of his dim mind some of the manner of a host and an uncertain smile.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 28
By Margaret Mitche Context
exaltspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. raise in rank or dignity; praise
In the excited and exalted state of my brain, I could not think of a place without seeing it, or of persons without seeing them.
Great Expectations - Chapter 53
By Charles Dickens Context
Simon marriage, and its curious termination, have long ceased to be a subject of interest in those exalted circles in which the unfortunate bridegroom moves.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
For frivolity and jokes and spotted tights were an offense, when they intruded themselves upon a spirit that was exalted into the vague august realm of the romantic.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 8
By Mark Twain Context
excerptspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. passage or segment taken from a longer work, such as literary or musical composition
executespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. put into effect; carry out the legalities of
But if a Bond, or any other description of security, would be preferred, I should be happy to execute any such instrument.
David Copperfield - Chapter 54
By Charles Dickens Context
Giles, that on the day before that on which I was called away so hurriedly, I executed, at the request of your good mistress, a small commission in your favour.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 34
By Charles Dickens Context
exemplifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. serve as an example of; embody
expedientspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. suitable; appropriate to a purpose; serving to promote your interest
She had wandered away to a subject on which Elinor had nothing to say, and therefore soon judged it expedient to find her way back again to the first.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 38
By Jane Austen Context
Bumble thought it expedient to look down, and see that the boy was in good order for inspection by his new master: which he accordingly did, with a fit and becoming air of gracious patronage.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
Sir Thomas found it expedient to go to Antigua himself, for the better arrangement of his affairs, and he took his eldest son with him, in the hope of detaching him from some bad connexions at home.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
expertisespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. specialized knowledge; expert skill
exquisitespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. excellent; flawless; acutely perceptive or discriminating
Then with a quiver of exquisite pleasure he touched the warm soft body, and touched her navel for a moment in a kiss.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
Joe was a very clean housekeeper, but had an exquisite art of making her cleanliness more uncomfortable and unacceptable than dirt itself.
Great Expectations - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
With streaming face and an expression of agony, Linton had thrown his nerveless frame along the ground: he seemed convulsed with exquisite terror.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 27
By Emily Bronte Context
extirpatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. root out; eradicate, literally or figuratively; destroy wholly
exultantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. inclined to exult; characterized by, or expressing, exultation; rejoicing triumphantly
Collins came up to them, and told her with great exultation that he had just been so fortunate as to make a most important discovery.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
facilitatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. help bring about; make less difficult
You see I have a lot of special knowledge which I apply to the problem, and which facilitates matters wonderfully.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
If you could send her into the cellar on some errand, and then turn the key upon her, you would facilitate matters immensely.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
fahrenheitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or relating to a temperature scale proposed by the inventor of the mercury thermometer
famishedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely hungry; exhausted through want of food or drink
fanfarespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. loud flourish of brass instruments, especially trumpets; spectacular public display
fastidiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
The contrast between the dirty, hairy old man and the four neat, fastidious ladies was as great as though he were a grizzled, vicious old watchdog and they four small kittens.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 45
By Margaret Mitche Context
fendspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. ward off; make an effort to resist; keep off; prevent from entering
flairspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. natural talent or aptitude; a special ability for doing something well
fledglingspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. young and inexperienced; having just acquired its flight feathers
foragespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. hunt for; search; the act of searching for food