8th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 8: Vocabulary - List 5

inhumanspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not human; not governed by feelings proper to human nature; specifically, not humane; hard-hearted; unfeeling; cruel
They had perhaps some of the weird, inhuman beauty of minerals, the lustre of coal, the weight and blueness and resistance of iron, the transparency of glass.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 11
By D H Lawrence Context
She only knew she had left her tired body and floated somewhere above it where there was no pain and weariness and her brain saw things with an inhuman clarity.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 24
By Margaret Mitche Context
inimicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unfriendly; hostile; harmful; detrimental
They felt that a thousand inimical eyes looked at them through the unshaded front window and the four women, with fear in their hearts, bent their heads and plied their needles.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 45
By Margaret Mitche Context
Mary was not so repulsive and unsisterly as Elizabeth, nor so inaccessible to all influence of hers; neither was there anything among the other component parts of the cottage inimical to comfort.
Persuasion - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
innocuousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having no adverse effect; harmless
But every time she brought up the subject, Melanie deftly steered the conversation into other and innocuous channels.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 45
By Margaret Mitche Context
innovationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a new method, idea, product; introduction of something new
However, she was determined to accomplish it, for Rhett was coming to supper and he always noticed and commented upon any innovation of dress or hair.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 13
By Margaret Mitche Context
The guisers themselves, though inwardly regretting this confusion of persons, could not afford to offend those by whose assistance they so largely profited, and the innovations were allowed to stand.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
insightspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. understanding; grasping the inner nature of things intuitively
I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
She heard him with his pit managers, with the members of his Board, with young scientists, and she was amazed at his shrewd insight into things, his power, his uncanny material power over what is called practical men.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
insolventspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. bankrupt; unable to repay one's debts
Micawber should apply for his release under the Insolvent Debtors Act, which would set him free, she expected, in about six weeks.
David Copperfield - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
instillspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. drop in; pour in drop by drop; impart gradually; infuse slowly; cause to be imbibed.
My plan is one for instilling high knowledge into empty minds without first cramming them with what has to be uncrammed again before true study begins.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
All the courtesy, all the gentleness Ellen had striven to instill in her had fallen away from her as quickly as leaves fall from trees in the first chill wind of autumn.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 25
By Margaret Mitche Context
insuperablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. incapable of being excelled; unbeatable
I do not think that even he could now hope to succeed with one of her stamp, and therefore I hope we may find no insuperable difficulty.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 47
By Jane Austen Context
interloperspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. intruder; one that interferes with affairs of others, often for selfish reasons
interminablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. being or seeming to be without an end; endless; tedious; continual
It was a town of machinery and tall chimneys, out of which interminable serpents of smoke trailed themselves for ever and ever, and never got uncoiled.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
There, too, were droves of sheep and bullocks coming in from the outlying pasture lands, and trains of tired immigrants, men and horses equally weary of their interminable journey.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
intervenespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. get involved; come, appear, or lie between two things
She counted the days that must intervene before their invitation could be sent; hopeless of seeing him before.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 53
By Jane Austen Context
He generally began that day with wishing he had had no intervening holiday, it made the going into captivity and fetters again so much more odious.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 6
By Mark Twain Context
After he had intervened for her to get the news about Ashley, she had announced publicly that her home was open to him as long as he lived and no matter what other people might say about him.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 17
By Margaret Mitche Context
intimidationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of making timid or fearful , of deterring by threats; state of being intimidated
intransigencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. refusal of any compromise; stubbornness
inventoryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. check list; a collection of resources
Having gone through this very extraordinary performance, he took off the cocked hat again, and, spreading himself before the fire with his back towards it, seemed to be mentally engaged in taking an exact inventory of the furniture.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
invertspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. turn upside down or inside out; reverse the position, order, or condition of
You have only knowledge enough of the language to translate at sight these inverted, transposed, curtailed Italian lines, into clear, comprehensible, elegant English.
Persuasion - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
inviolablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. secure from corruption, attack, or violation; unassailable
irreconcilablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. incompatible; not able to be resolved
Between these two irreconcilable conclusions: the one, that what I felt was general and unavoidable; the other, that it was particular to me, and might have been different: I balanced curiously, with no distinct sense of their opposition to each other.
David Copperfield - Chapter 48
By Charles Dickens Context
irreparablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not able to be corrected or repaired
Mell having left me while he took his irreparable boots upstairs, I went softly to the upper end of the room, observing all this as I crept along.
David Copperfield - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
For that reason I turned away from you this evening when you upset my books, for I was in danger at the time, and any show of surprise and emotion upon your part might have drawn attention to my identity and led to the most deplorable and irreparable results.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
irrepressiblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unable to be restrained; difficult or impossible to control or restrain
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
I rose with an irrepressible expression of what I felt on my lips, which induced my companion, who had been staring towards the door, to turn and look at me.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 17
By Emily Bronte Context
With this irrepressible ebullition of mirth, Master Bates laid himself flat on the floor: and kicked convulsively for five minutes, in an ectasy of facetious joy.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
irrevocablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unalterable; irreversible; impossible to retract or revoke
I knew enough of your disposition to be certain that, had you been absolutely, irrevocably decided against me, you would have acknowledged it to Lady Catherine, frankly and openly.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 58
By Jane Austen Context
jaundicedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. prejudiced; affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of skin; yellow or yellowish
jestspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. deed; action; act performed for amusement; joke
I felt that I must be the jest of the room at the time, and Miss Crawford, it is plain, has heard the story.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 5
By Jane Austen Context
That she was doing for an earnest reason what would most naturally be done in jest was at any rate a safe secret.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
We had gone on, so far, in a mixture of confidential jest and earnest, that had long grown naturally out of our familiar relations, begun as mere children.
David Copperfield - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
jubilantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. happy; merry; joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
No, they practised cautiously, after supper, with right fair success, and so they spent a jubilant evening.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 16
By Mark Twain Context
Everybody gave parties in celebration and the fire department was kept busy fighting the flames that spread from the bonfires of jubilant small boys.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 58
By Margaret Mitche Context
jurisdictionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. authority; right and power to interpret and apply the law
MICAWBER, and the defendant in that cause is the prey of the sheriff having legal jurisdiction in this bailiwick.
David Copperfield - Chapter 54
By Charles Dickens Context
laboriouslyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a laborious manner; in a manner requiring much labor
Yes, there it lay, the fruit of all their struggles, levelled to its foundations, the stones they had broken and carried so laboriously scattered all around.
Animal Farm - Chapter 6
By George Orwell Context
lacklusterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. dull; lacking luster or shine
landlordspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a landowner who leases to others; a person who rents land, a building, or an apartment to a tenant
Suddenly, however, we heard a step behind us, and there was the landlord, his heavy eyebrows drawn over his savage eyes, his swarthy features convulsed with passion.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The landlord looked at me in return over the bar, from head to foot, with a strange smile on his face; and instead of drawing the beer, looked round the screen and said something to his wife.
David Copperfield - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
landmarkspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the position of a prominent or well-known object in a particular landscape; a mark showing the boundary of a piece of land
She was sick in body and weary in mind and she was standing like a lost child in a nightmare country in which there was no familiar landmark to guide her.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 57
By Margaret Mitche Context
laudablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. deserving of praise; worthy of high praise
Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
leafletspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. small leaf; leaf like organ or part
legendaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. mythical; fabled; extremely well known; famous or renowned
liberatedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. freed, especially from traditional ideas in social and sexual matters; of liberate
longevityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. long life; great duration of life; long duration or continuance, as in an occupation
lucrativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. profitable; producing good profit
One of our most lucrative means of laying out money is in the shape of loans, where the security is unimpeachable.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Bumble was cunning enough; and he at once saw that an opportunity was opened, for the lucrative disposal of some secret in the possession of his better half.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
luridspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. causing shock or horror; gruesome
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
The sky was a hideous lurid color and great swirls of black smoke went twisting up to hand in billowy clouds above the flames.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 23
By Margaret Mitche Context
Then it was withdrawn as suddenly as it appeared, and all was dark again save the single lurid spark which marked a chink between the stones.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
lusciousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. pleasing or sweet to taste or smell
It was a clear little stream which ran quite merrily along on its narrow way through the luscious damp greenness.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 27
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
The elders of the flocks continually led stealthy advances into the front yard, lured on by the green of the grass and the luscious promise of the cape jessamine buds and the zinnia beds.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 3
By Margaret Mitche Context
makeupspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. composition; structure; the way in which someone or something is composed
malevolentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious
Driven by desire and by dread of the malevolent Thing outside, he made his round in the wood, slowly, softly.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
Raising his great hands until they touched his chin, he rubbed them softly, and softly chuckled; looking as like a malevolent baboon, I thought, as anything human could look.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
meddlesomespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. inclined to interfere in other people's business; intrusive in offensive manner
melancholyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. gloomy; feeling of thoughtful sadness; affected by depression
The despairing way in which my mother and I look at each other, as I blunder on, is truly melancholy.
David Copperfield - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
In the afternoon Becky Thatcher found herself moping about the deserted schoolhouse yard, and feeling very melancholy.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 17
By Mark Twain Context
As for myself, I was silent, for the dull weather and the melancholy business upon which we were engaged, depressed my spirits.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
menialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. suitable for servant; having low nature
She now did almost everything for him, and he felt more at home with her, less ashamed of accepting her menial offices, than with Connie.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 9
By D H Lawrence Context
At last, having collected enough to keep life in him, he departed for Europe, and tracked his enemies from city to city, working his way in any menial capacity, but never overtaking the fugitives.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
mercenaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. interested in making money; profit oriented; hired for service in foreign army
Let it be, in justice, merely said of me, as of a gallant and eminent naval Hero, with whom I have no pretensions to cope, that what I have done, I did, in despite of mercenary and selfish objects,.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
meridianspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. imaginary circle on surface of the earth through the north and south poles at right angles to the equator; noon
mettlespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. quality of endurance and courage; good temperament and character
The army in butternut were now seasoned fighters, their generals had proven their mettle, and everyone knew that when the campaign reopened in the spring, the Yankees would be crushed for good and all.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 14
By Margaret Mitche Context
mienspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. aspect; air; manner; demeanor; carriage; bearing
She had something of an estranged mien; the solitude exhaled from the heath was concentrated in this face that had risen from it.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien, and the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
musterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. call together; cause to come together; gather; summon up
Climbing back into the wagon required all the strength Scarlett could muster, but at last it was done and she picked up the lines.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 24
By Margaret Mitche Context
As Joe got on his coat, he mustered courage to propose that some of us should go down with the soldiers and see what came of the hunt.
Great Expectations - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
I mustered courage once, to ask Miss Murdstone when I was going back to school; and she answered dryly, she believed I was not going back at all.
David Copperfield - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
mutespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. refraining from producing speech or vocal sound; unable to speak; expressed without speech; unspoken
He stepped back from the keyhole; drew himself up to his full height; and looked from one to another of the three bystanders, in mute astonishment.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
She sprang to her feet, her hands clenched and he rose towering over her, his face full of the mute misery of one forced to face realities when realities are agonies.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 6
By Margaret Mitche Context
negligiblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. so small, trifling, or unimportant that it may be easily disregarded
They both promised fair to grow up as rude as savages; the young master being entirely negligent how they behaved, and what they did, so they kept clear of him.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 6
By Emily Bronte Context
nowherespeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. not anywhere; not in any place or state
Sometimes, I had proceeded restlessly from place to place, stopping nowhere; sometimes, I had lingered long in one spot.
David Copperfield - Chapter 58
By Charles Dickens Context
India was nowhere to be seen, but Scarlett knew she probably was in the kitchen giving final instructions to the servants.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 6
By Margaret Mitche Context
It had a crazy board fence around it, which leaned inward in places, and outward the rest of the time, but stood upright nowhere.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 9
By Mark Twain Context
obligespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. force; bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; do a service or favor for
I replied that he would much oblige me by drinking it, if he thought he could do it safely, but by no means otherwise.
David Copperfield - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
You will find it laid out upon the bed in your room, and if you would be so good as to put it on we should both be extremely obliged.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Bounderby was obliged to get up from table, and stand with his back to the fire, looking at her; she was such an enhancement of his position.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
obsessspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. preoccupy the mind of excessively; besiege; compass about; dominate the thoughts of someone
She wanted to be clear of him, and especially of his consciousness, his words, his obsession with himself, his endless treadmill obsession with himself, and his own words.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 8
By D H Lawrence Context
obstinatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. stubbornly adhering to an attitude or opinion; hard to control or treat
I am as obstinate as one, I am more stupid than one, I get as much pleasure as one, and I should like to kick like one.
Hard Times - Chapter 6
By Charles Dickens Context
She seemed to me to be obstinate; and when I found that you were nothing in her mind I vowed that she should be nothing in yours.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
You may, however, fall out, at last, over something of equal consequence to both sides; and then those you term weak are very capable of being as obstinate as you.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 10
By Emily Bronte Context
oglespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. look at amorously; cast glances as in fondness or to attract notice
onsetspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. beginning or early stages; offensive against enemy
Each stem was wrenched at the root, where it moved like a bone in its socket, and at every onset of the gale convulsive sounds came from the branches, as if pain were felt.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
At the onset of the war, he had emerged from obscurity with enough money to buy a small swift boat and now, when blockaded goods realized two thousand per cent on each cargo, he owned four boats.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 12
By Margaret Mitche Context
Bumble to understand that, from the violent and sanguinary onset of Oliver Twist, he had sustained severe internal injury and damage, from which he was at that moment suffering the acutest torture.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
onslaughtspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. assault; a fierce or destructive attack
oppressivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unreasonably burdensome; unjustly severe, rigorous, or harsh
From that room, too, the daylight was completely excluded, and it had an airless smell that was oppressive.
Great Expectations - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
The neighbourhood was a dreary one at that time; as oppressive, sad, and solitary by night, as any about London.
David Copperfield - Chapter 47
By Charles Dickens Context
The air was oppressive even in the early morning hour, hot with the scorching promise of a noon of glaring blue sky and pitiless bronze sun.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 20
By Margaret Mitche Context