8th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 8: Vocabulary - List 4

forayspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. assault; an initial attempt; a sudden short attack
Later, they would refight battles and tell children and grandchildren of pranks and forays and charges, of hunger, forced marches and wounds, but not now.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 30
By Margaret Mitche Context
forbearancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. patience; restraint of passions; act of forbearing or waiting
I never heard such sweet forbearing kindness expressed in a voice, as she expressed in making this reply.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
He believed he had taxed the forbearance of the powers above to the extremity of endurance and that this was the result.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 22
By Mark Twain Context
If not, and you appeal to my forbearance, and the mercy of those you have deeply injured, seat yourself, without a word, in that chair.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
Sparsit sedately resumed her work and occasionally gave a small cough, which sounded like the cough of conscious strength and forbearance.
Hard Times - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
But, it was only the pleasanter to turn to Biddy and to Joe, whose great forbearance shone more brightly than before, if that could be, contrasted with this brazen pretender.
Great Expectations - Chapter 58
By Charles Dickens Context
foreclosespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. keep from happening or arising; make impossible
The bank had foreclosed a mortgage effected on the property thus pleasantly situated, by one of the Coketown magnates, who, in his determination to make a shorter cut than usual to an enormous fortune, overspeculated himself by about two hundred thousand pounds.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
foreheadspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the part of the face above the eyes
He was an elderly man, with a thin, projecting nose, a high, bald forehead, and a huge grizzled moustache.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Bumble wiped from his forehead the perspiration which his walk had engendered, glanced complacently at the cocked hat, and smiled.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
Somebody was leaning out of my bedroom window, refreshing his forehead against the cool stone of the parapet, and feeling the air upon his face.
David Copperfield - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
formationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a structure or arrangement of something; pattern
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
Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.
Great Expectations - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
At the appointed time the animals would leave their work and march round the precincts of the farm in military formation, with the pigs leading, then the horses, then the cows, then the sheep, and then the poultry.
Animal Farm - Chapter 9
By George Orwell Context
fortifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make strong or stronger; prepare oneself for a military confrontation
She would rather die than own the truth; and she hoped, by a little reflection, to fortify herself beyond betraying it.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 32
By Jane Austen Context
Crupp could only lay her hand upon her nankeen bosom, and fortify herself against returning pain with sips of her medicine.
David Copperfield - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
Fortifying himself with this assurance, Sikes drained the glass to the bottom, and then, with many grumbling oaths, called for his physic.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
fosterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. rear; promote the growth of; help develop
The expression of the place, the tone of the hour, were precisely those of many such occasions in days gone by; and these antecedent similarities fostered the illusion that she, who was there no longer, would come out to welcome him.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
freneticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. excessively agitated; transported with rage or other violent emotion
frenziedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. madly excited; in state of hurry, panic or wild activity
And mingled with her frenzied desire to be free of Charles and safely back at Tara, an unmarried girl again, ran the knowledge that she had only herself to blame.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 7
By Margaret Mitche Context
frostbittenspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. injured by freezing or partial freezing
gadflyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. any of various flies, that bite or annoy livestock and other animals; irritating person
gauntspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. very thin, especially from disease or hunger or cold; barren
Her thinness seemed to be the effect of some wasting fire within her, which found a vent in her gaunt eyes.
David Copperfield - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
Earnshaw was sitting by the fire, deadly sick; his evil genius, almost as gaunt and ghastly, leant against the chimney.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 17
By Emily Bronte Context
It was a gaunt, aquiline face which was turned towards us, with piercing dark eyes, which lurked in deep hollows under overhung and tufted brows.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
generationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. all offspring at same stage from common ancestor; interval of time between the birth of parents and their offspring
To many persons this Egdon was a place which had slipped out of its century generations ago, to intrude as an uncouth object into this.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Everything in camp was drenched, the campfire as well; for they were but heedless lads, like their generation, and had made no provision against rain.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 16
By Mark Twain Context
During that time I have lived happily at Horsham, and I had begun to hope that this curse had passed away from the family, and that it had ended with the last generation.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
geriatricsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the branch of medical science that deals with diseases and problems specific to old people
ghastlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. horrible; inspiring shock; extremely unpleasant or bad
Once, I had been taken to see some ghastly waxwork at the Fair, representing I know not what impossible personage lying in state.
Great Expectations - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
For fifteen hundred miles one may trace this ghastly caravan route by these scattered remains of those who had fallen by the wayside.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The flame threw a ghastly light on their shrivelled faces, and made their ugliness appear terrible, as, in this position, they began to converse in a low voice.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
gingerlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. with great care or delicacy; cautiously
He patted her shoulder timidly, gingerly at first, and when she did not rebuff him he became bolder and patted her firmly.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 35
By Margaret Mitche Context
glutspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. fill beyond capacity, especially with food; swallow greedlly
She sat silent, intent on nothing, while the baby, already glutted with milk, whimpered because he had lost the friendly nipple.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 24
By Margaret Mitche Context
gnarledspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. twisted; knotty; made rough by age or hard work
Ben Weatherstaff put his gnarled hand up and passed it over his eyes and over his forehead and then he did answer in a queer shaky voice.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 21
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
As soon as she was beneath the gnarled arms of the cedars, she knew she was safe from observation from the house and she slowed her swift pace.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 2
By Margaret Mitche Context
grimacespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. facial distortion to show feeling such as pain, disgust
gruesomespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. causing horror and repugnance; frightful and shocking
It had taken her years to realize that it was really blotted out by this terrifying new and gruesome England, and that the blotting out would go on till it was complete.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 11
By D H Lawrence Context
Aunt Pitty had her share, although she protested that it was most unbecoming to have strange men in the house when Melanie was in a delicate condition and when gruesome sights might bring on premature birth.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 17
By Margaret Mitche Context
gulliblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. easily deceived or cheated; easily tricked because of being too trusting
haggardspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. wasted away; showing wearing effects of overwork or suffering
Its expression had lost nothing of its beauty; but it was changed; and there was an anxious haggard look about the gentle face, which it had never worn before.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
The sight of his face, old, haggard with remorse, added to her load, and the fact that his mill lost money every week was an extra irritant which she could not voice.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 56
By Margaret Mitche Context
It was late when my friend returned, and I could see, by a glance at his haggard and anxious face, that the high hopes with which he had started had not been fulfilled.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
hallowedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. associated with a divine power; made holy; worthy of religious veneration
handsomespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. skillful; handy; agreeable to the eye or to correct taste; having a pleasing appearance; attractive
It was spacious, and I dare say had once been handsome, but every discernible thing in it was covered with dust and mould, and dropping to pieces.
Great Expectations - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
He was a tall, handsome, swarthy fellow, clad in a suit of gray flannel, with a Panama hat, a bristling black beard, and a great, aggressive hooked nose, and flourishing a cane as he walked.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
From all of these tokens Oliver concluded that a long time ago, before the old Jew was born, it had belonged to better people, and had perhaps been quite gay and handsome: dismal and dreary as it looked now.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
handwritingspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the activity of writing by hand; something written by hand
My suspicions were all confirmed by his peculiar action in typewriting his signature, which, of course, inferred that his handwriting was so familiar to her that she would recognise even the smallest sample of it.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
haphazardspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not thorough, constant or consistent; by chance
Her aunt did not neglect her: she wrote again and again; they were receiving frequent accounts from Edmund, and these accounts were as regularly transmitted to Fanny, in the same diffuse style, and the same medley of trusts, hopes, and fears, all following and producing each other at haphazard.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 44
By Jane Austen Context
haughtyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. high; lofty; bold; arrogant; overbearing
He expressed no regret for what he had done which satisfied her; his style was not penitent, but haughty.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 36
By Jane Austen Context
When he had to deal with them, Clifford was rather haughty and contemptuous; one could no longer afford to be friendly.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 2
By D H Lawrence Context
Her pale lashless eyes looked directly and uncompromisingly upon the world and her thin lips were ever set in haughty tightness.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 41
By Margaret Mitche Context
hauntspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place; bother; disturb
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
Tales were told in the City of the weird figure which was seen prowling about the suburbs, and which haunted the lonely mountain gorges.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I was haunted by the fear that she would, sooner or later, find me out, with a black face and hands, doing the coarsest part of my work, and would exult over me and despise me.
Great Expectations - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
headquarterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. main office of large organization
The boy mused awhile over the substantial change which had taken place in his worldly circumstances, and then wended toward headquarters to report.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 2
By Mark Twain Context
It was said that he was at the head of a combine worth more than a million dollars, with Wilmington as its headquarters for the purpose of buying blockade goods on the docks.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 13
By Margaret Mitche Context
Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, to look in upon us of an evening, and his visits were welcome to Sherlock Holmes, for they enabled him to keep in touch with all that was going on at the police headquarters.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
heedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. pay attention to; listen to and consider
But the shutters were closed, the door remained shut, and no heed whatever seemed to be taken of his performance.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
On one of her bad days she went out alone to walk in the wood, ponderously, heeding nothing, not even noticing where she was.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 6
By D H Lawrence Context
hoodwinkspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. deceive; take in by deceptive means; delude
hoverspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. hang about; wait nearby; remain floating
Here and there, some early lamps were seen to twinkle in the distant city; and in the eastern quarter of the sky the lurid light still hovered.
David Copperfield - Chapter 46
By Charles Dickens Context
The two crones, to all appearance, too busily occupied in the preparations for their dreadful duties to make any reply, were left alone, hovering about the body.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
humanespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by kindness, mercy, or compassion
hypochondriacspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments; one who is morbidly anxious about his health, and generally depressed
ignominiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. deserving or bringing disgrace or shame, used of conduct or character
And so within five minutes of their invasion they were in ignominious retreat by the same way as they had come, with a flock of geese hissing after them and pecking at their calves all the way.
Animal Farm - Chapter 4
By George Orwell Context
impassablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not able to be traveled or crossed
But in the Midlands and the industrial North gulf impassable, across which no communication could take place.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 2
By D H Lawrence Context
You know the distance to Sotherton; it was in the middle of winter, and the roads almost impassable, but I did persuade her.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
impelspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. drive or force onward; drive forward; urge to action through moral pressure
She stamped her foot, wavered a moment, and then, irresistibly impelled by the naughty spirit within her, slapped me on the cheek: a stinging blow that filled both eyes with water.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 8
By Emily Bronte Context
My state of mind regarding the pilfering from which I had been so unexpectedly exonerated did not impel me to frank disclosure; but I hope it had some dregs of good at the bottom of it.
Great Expectations - Chapter 6
By Charles Dickens Context
impenetrablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not able to be entered; beyond understanding
Lestrade had learned by more experiences than he would care to acknowledge that that brain could cut through that which was impenetrable to him.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Something was wrong with the world, a somber, frightening wrongness that pervaded everything like a dark impenetrable mist, stealthily closing around Scarlett.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 60
By Margaret Mitche Context
His satisfaction in which happy imposition on us, and in having preserved the impenetrable secret of the box, appeared to be a sufficient compensation to him for all his tortures.
David Copperfield - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
impersonatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. mimic; imitate; assume or act the character of represent another person with comic intentions
implacablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. incapable of being pacified; not to be relieved;
These women, so swift to kindness, so tender to the sorrowing, so untiring in times of stress, could be as implacable as furies to any renegade who broke one small law of their unwritten code.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 47
By Margaret Mitche Context
Spenlow in the morning, that I wanted leave of absence for a short time; and as I was not in the receipt of any salary, and consequently was not obnoxious to the implacable Jorkins, there was no difficulty about it.
David Copperfield - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
importunespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. beg persistently; ask for urgently or repeatedly; annoy
impregnablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. invulnerable; able to withstand attack
She was helpless before his calm smile and his drawling remarks, for she had never before met anyone who was so completely impregnable.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 12
By Margaret Mitche Context
She was tall and bony, and almost always wore a coarse apron, fastened over her figure behind with two loops, and having a square impregnable bib in front, that was stuck full of pins and needles.
Great Expectations - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
inauguratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. start; initiate; induct into office by formal ceremony
incantationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. singing or chanting of magic spells; magical formula; verbal charm or spell
The other boys agreed that there was reason in what Tom said, because an ignorant lump of bread, uninstructed by an incantation, could not be expected to act very intelligently when set upon an errand of such gravity.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 14
By Mark Twain Context
inclementspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. stormy; showing no mercy; physically severe
inconclusivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. without any clear results or proof
indefatigablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. tireless; showing sustained enthusiastic action
I heard him as I came upstairs, and the theatre is engaged of course by those indefatigable rehearsers, Agatha and Frederick.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
In the meantime Ferrier having recovered from his privations, distinguished himself as a useful guide and an indefatigable hunter.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
They were carefully examined, and showed that he was a keen student of international politics, an indefatigable gossip, a remarkable linguist, and an untiring letter writer.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
indeliblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent
I see her face now, better than I did then, I dare say, with its indelible look of regret and wonder turned upon me.
David Copperfield - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
Fanny thought exactly the same; and they were also quite agreed in their opinion of the lasting effect, the indelible impression, which such a disappointment must make on his mind.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 47
By Jane Austen Context
indignityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. offensive or insulting treatment
indiscreetspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lacking discretion; injudicious
She was persuaded to believe the engagement a wrong thing: indiscreet, improper, hardly capable of success, and not deserving it.
Persuasion - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
Now that the first flush of his anger had paled he was disinclined to ascribe to her more than an indiscreet friendship with Wildeve, for there had not appeared in her manner the signs of dishonour.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
indulgentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. yielding; lenient; forbearing or tolerant
He believed he was an indulgent father (as indeed he was), and I might spare myself any solicitude on her account.
David Copperfield - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
ineffectualspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. insufficient to produce a desired effect; fruitless
Oliver looked very worn and shadowy from sickness, and made an ineffectual attempt to stand up, out of respect to his benefactor, which terminated in his sinking back into the chair again; and the fact is, if the truth must be told, that Mr.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
inexplicablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not explicable; not explainable; incapable of being explained, interpreted, or accounted for
All that passion meant to her was servitude to inexplicable male madness, unshared by females, a painful and embarrassing process that led inevitably to the still more painful process of childbirth.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 11
By Margaret Mitche Context
It seemed, while it lasted, to be all alight and alive with that inexplicable feeling I had had before; and when we were out of it, I was as much dazed for a few moments as if I had been in lightning.
Great Expectations - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
It was in the spring of the year 1894 that all London was interested, and the fashionable world dismayed, by the murder of the Honourable Ronald Adair under most unusual and inexplicable circumstances.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
infatuatedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. possessed by an unreasoning passion or attraction; overcome by some foolish passion or desire
infinitespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unlimited or boundless, in time or space; without limit in power, capacity, knowledge, or excellence
Gradually, with infinite softness, almost with love, she was getting him by the throat, and he was yielding to her.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 9
By D H Lawrence Context
Murdstone came, and my aunt informed me, to my infinite terror, that he was coming to speak to her herself on the next day.
David Copperfield - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
Wemmick explained to me while the Aged got his spectacles out, that this was according to custom, and that it gave the old gentleman infinite satisfaction to read the news aloud.
Great Expectations - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
influxspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. flowing into; mass arrival or incoming
Atlanta was again the center of activities for a wide region, as it had been before its destruction, and the town was receiving a great influx of new citizens, both welcome and unwelcome.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 37
By Margaret Mitche Context