8th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 8: Vocabulary - List 6

ordainspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine
Edward have got some business at Oxford, he says; so he must go there for a time; and after THAT, as soon as he can light upon a Bishop, he will be ordained.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 38
By Jane Austen Context
There is now a spirit of improvement abroad; but among those who were ordained twenty, thirty, forty years ago, the larger number, to judge by their performance, must have thought reading was reading, and preaching was preaching.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 34
By Jane Austen Context
ornatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. excessively or elaborately decorated; flashy, showy, or florid in style or manner
ostracizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. exclude from community or group; banish by popular vote
outbreakspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the sudden or violent start of something unwelcome, such as war, disease; eruption; explosion
Eventually, in the year 1869, the movement rather suddenly collapsed, although there have been sporadic outbreaks of the same sort since that date.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Although they had been so quiet since the first outbreak of the matter, that most people really did suppose it to have been abandoned as hopeless, nothing new occurred.
Hard Times - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
This outbreak of weeping took Eustacia herself so much by surprise that she could not leave off, and she turned aside from him in some shame, though turning hid nothing from him.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
outburstspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an unrestrained expression of emotion; a sudden intense happening
He was off in one of those hysterical outbursts which come upon a strong nature when some great crisis is over and gone.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He held her fan in one hand and his untouched plate of barbecue in the other and stubbornly refused to meet the eyes of Honey, who seemed on the verge of an outburst of tears.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 6
By Margaret Mitche Context
outcastspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. cast out; degraded; excluded from a society
A man could gamble himself to poverty and still be a gentleman, but a professional gambler could never be anything but an outcast.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 12
By Margaret Mitche Context
Linton, the lady of Thrushcross Grange, and the wife of a stranger: an exile, and outcast, thenceforth, from what had been my world.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 12
By Emily Bronte Context
Tom was like the rest of the respectable boys, in that he envied Huckleberry his gaudy outcast condition, and was under strict orders not to play with him.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 6
By Mark Twain Context
outcryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. strong protest or objection; loud cry or clamor
I had not gone more than 150 yards, however, when I heard a hideous outcry behind me, which caused me to run back again.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
As food and clothing grew scarcer and prices rose higher and higher, the public outcry against the speculators grew louder and more venomous.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 16
By Margaret Mitche Context
outlastspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. outlive; live or last longer than
outlawspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. person excluded from the benefit of the law, or deprived of its protection; fugitive from the law; habitual criminal
I was not related to the outlaw, or connected with him by any recognizable tie; he had put his hand to no writing or settlement in my favor before his apprehension, and to do so now would be idle.
Great Expectations - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
The boys dressed themselves, hid their accoutrements, and went off grieving that there were no outlaws any more, and wondering what modern civilization could claim to have done to compensate for their loss.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 8
By Mark Twain Context
outragespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of extreme violence or viciousness; offense
The Standard commented upon the fact that lawless outrages of the sort usually occurred under a Liberal Administration.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The one great outrage of her life, demanding to be constantly avenged, was the passage of a donkey over that immaculate spot.
David Copperfield - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
Now they had not only the Bureau agitators and the Carpetbaggers urging them on, but the incitement of whisky as well, and outrages were inevitable.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 37
By Margaret Mitche Context
outrightspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. altogether; entirely; without reservation or exception
Herbert, the elder brother and heir, laughed outright, though it was his trees that were felling for trench props.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 1
By D H Lawrence Context
Gerald looked crestfallen and embarrassed, as always when caught in a kind deed, and Scarlett laughed outright at his transparency.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 2
By Margaret Mitche Context
It appeared to me that she never said anything she wanted to say, outright; but hinted it, and made a great deal more of it by this practice.
David Copperfield - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
outstripspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. exceed or surpass; leave behind
Marianne was astonished to find how much the imagination of her mother and herself had outstripped the truth.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
I shouted to her, as she had outstripped me a long way; she either did not hear or did not regard, for she still sprang on, and I was compelled to follow.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 21
By Emily Bronte Context
ovationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. enthusiastic, prolonged applause; show of public homage or welcome
overpowerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. overcome by superior force; overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
I am afraid you must have suffered from the shock, and the more from its not overpowering you at the time.
Persuasion - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
The agony of grief which overpowered them at first, was voluntarily renewed, was sought for, was created again and again.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 1
By Jane Austen Context
Her violet eyes shining, her lips parted, a pink flush upon her cheeks, all thought of her natural reserve lost in her overpowering excitement and concern.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
overrunspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. run or extend beyond normal or desired limit; overflow
It was a crazy old house with a wharf of its own, abutting on the water when the tide was in, and on the mud when the tide was out, and literally overrun with rats.
David Copperfield - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
overseespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. supervise; manage; watch over and direct; examine or inspect
overshadowspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. throw a shadow, or shade, over; to darken; obscure; cover with a superior influence
overtspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. open to view; not secret or hidden
overthrowspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. throw over; overturn; upset; turn upside down; cause to fall or to fail
Feeling about for the obstacle which had flung him down, he discovered that two tufts of heath had been tied together across the path, forming a loop, which to a traveller was certain overthrow.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Henry Spiker, who had hitherto been very distant, entered into a defensive alliance against us, the common enemy, and exchanged a mysterious dialogue across the table for our defeat and overthrow.
David Copperfield - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
overwroughtspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely disturbed from emotion
He, too, in his way, was overwrought; but he had to listen to all Hilda said, to all the doctor had said, not what Michaelis had said, of course, and he sat mum through the ultimatum.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
pandemoniumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. state of extreme confusion and disorder; very noisy place
The smell of smoke came stronger and stronger, and on the wings of the hot breeze came a pandemonium of sound from the center of town, yells, the dull rumbling of heavy army wagons and the steady tramp of marching feet.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 23
By Margaret Mitche Context
pastoralspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. rural; relating to shepherds or herders; relating to the country or country life
perceivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. become aware of through the senses; detect
When he did perceive and acknowledge her, however, it was done with all his usual frankness and good humour.
Persuasion - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
No, sir, I think that, with your permission, I will confine my attentions to the excellent bird which I perceive upon the sideboard.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
On the south of the house is, as you perceive, a large district of arable land, cut up into small fields, with stone walls between them.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
perpetualspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. everlasting; continuing without interruption
She rubs everything that can be rubbed, until it shines, like her own honest forehead, with perpetual friction.
David Copperfield - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
In her desire to be matrimonially established, you might suppose her to have passed her short existence in the perpetual contemplation of domestic bliss.
Great Expectations - Chapter 30
By Charles Dickens Context
And far rather would I be condemned to a perpetual dwelling in the infernal regions than, even for one night, abide beneath the roof of Wuthering Heights again.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 17
By Emily Bronte Context
perpetuatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make something last; preserve from extinction
perpetuityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the property of being perpetual, seemingly ceaseless
persuasivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of convincing; having the power to induce action or belief
He was a brilliant talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point he had a way of skipping from side to side and whisking his tail which was somehow very persuasive.
Animal Farm - Chapter 2
By George Orwell Context
perusespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. read or examine, typically with great care
He sat placidly perusing the newspaper, with his little head on one side, and a glass of warm sherry negus at his elbow.
David Copperfield - Chapter 59
By Charles Dickens Context
pervadespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. pass or flow through, as an aperture; permeate; pass or spread through the whole extent of
Bumble, who prevented his catching cold, and caused a tingling sensation to pervade his frame, by repeated applications of the cane.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens Context
The boys talked little, and only under their breath, for the time and the place and the pervading solemnity and silence oppressed their spirits.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 9
By Mark Twain Context
A curious sense of lightness, of freedom, pervaded her now that she had finally hardened her heart against all that bound her to the old days and the old Scarlett.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 32
By Margaret Mitche Context
pessimismspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess
pestilencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. any epidemic disease with a high death rate
There escaped from Eustacia one of those shivering sighs which used to shake her like a pestilent blast.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
phenomenonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. appearance; anything visible, in matter or spirit; extraordinary or very remarkable person, thing, or occurrence
He had some analytical genius, no doubt; but he was by no means such a phenomenon as Poe appeared to imagine.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The form was so much like an organic part of the entire motionless structure that to see it move would have impressed the mind as a strange phenomenon.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
As for me, I was a mere infant at the head of my own table; and hardly ventured to glance at the respectable phenomenon, who had come from Heaven knows where, to put my establishment to rights.
David Copperfield - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
pithyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. precisely meaningful; forceful and brief
pittancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. very small portion or allowance assigned, whether of food or money
It is evident, therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to a very serious extent.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
pivotspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the central point, pin, or shaft on which a mechanism turns or oscillates; axis; center
He went pale, with a sort of fear, when he saw Connie lifting the inert legs of the man in her arms, into the other chair, Clifford pivoting round as she did so.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 5
By D H Lawrence Context
Grimwig lifted up his head, and converting one of the hind legs of his chair into a pivot, described three distinct circles with the assistance of his stick and the table; sitting in it all the time.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
pollinationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. fertilization of plants by the agency of insects that carry pollen from one flower to another
porousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. full of pores; able to absorb fluids; full of tiny pores that allow fluids or gasses to pass through
posterityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. descendants collectively; the race that proceeds from a progenitor; future generations
We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
It was wonderful to see his face shining at us out of a thin cloud of these delicate fumes, as he stirred, and mixed, and tasted, and looked as if he were making, instead of punch, a fortune for his family down to the latest posterity.
David Copperfield - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
precariousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. uncertain; risky; dangerously lacking in security or stability
You may also tell him that the mother of Linton desired him to remain under my guardianship; and, at present, his health is very precarious.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 19
By Emily Bronte Context
The carriage plowed its way farther and halted for a moment to permit two ladies with baskets of bandages on their arms to pick precarious passages across the sloppy street on stepping stones.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
precedentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act or instance that may be used as example in subsequent similar cases
precipicespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. cliff; overhanging or extremely steep mass of rock; dangerous position
The animal sprang into the air, tottered for a moment upon the edge of the precipice, and then came crashing down into the valley beneath.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I had found sublimity and wonder in the dread heights and precipices, in the roaring torrents, and the wastes of ice and snow; but as yet, they had taught me nothing else.
David Copperfield - Chapter 58
By Charles Dickens Context
precipitousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely steep; descending rapidly, or rushing onward
Swearing, sweating men hauled the heavy guns up the precipitous slopes, for mules could not climb the hillsides.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 17
By Margaret Mitche Context
In a moment the young fellows had dismounted, fastened their horses, and were ascending the precipitous slope which led up to the object which had excited their curiosity.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
precociousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. advanced in development; appearing or developing early
predecessorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. former occupant of post; ancestor or forefather
I thought about my predecessor, who had died of drink and smoke; and I could have wished he had been so good as to live, and not bother me with his decease.
David Copperfield - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
prefacespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
He had stood in the shoes of Tantalus, and seemed to look upon a certain mass of disappointment as the natural preface to all realizations, without which preface they would give cause for alarm.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
After performing this evolution, he rose and limped as fast as he could up and down the room at least a dozen times, and then stopping suddenly before Rose, kissed her without the slightest preface.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
preponderancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. superiority in numbers or amount
The order of the English letters after E is by no means well marked, and any preponderance which may be shown in an average of a printed sheet may be reversed in a single short sentence.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
prerequisitespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. something that is required in advance; necessity; required as a prior condition
prescribespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. dictate; guide; advise the use of; assert a right; claim
Nor would they go through the formal and protracted courtships which good manners had prescribed before the war.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 12
By Margaret Mitche Context
In a word, he was so horribly bored by existing circumstances, that he forgot to go in for boredom in the manner prescribed by the authorities.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
IN the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
presidespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. be set, or to sit, in the place of authority; occupy the place of president, chairman, moderator, director; direct, control, and regulate, as chief officer
Bounderby being a bachelor, an elderly lady presided over his establishment, in consideration of a certain annual stipend.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
In future all questions relating to the working of the farm would be settled by a special committee of pigs, presided over by himself.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
She sent many messages of regret to him from behind her closed door and left the two frightened girls to preside over the supper table.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 10
By Margaret Mitche Context
prestigiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. honored; respected; reputed; exerting influence by reason of high status
privationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. hardship; state of extreme poverty
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
I observed, upon that closer opportunity of observation, that she was worn and haggard, and that her sunken eyes expressed privation and endurance.
David Copperfield - Chapter 47
By Charles Dickens Context
profligatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly; wildly immoral
We both know that he has been profligate in every sense of the word; that he has neither integrity nor honour; that he is as false and deceitful as he is insinuating.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 47
By Jane Austen Context
profoundspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. deep; not superficial; far-reaching
I had cherished a profound conviction that her bringing me up by hand gave her no right to bring me up by jerks.
Great Expectations - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
My friend rose now and paced up and down the room, his hands in his pockets, and an expression of the most profound gravity upon his face.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Even then it was no easy matter to keep to the right track, for the moon had not yet risen, and the high cliffs on either side made the obscurity more profound.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
pronespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. inclined; lying face downward; having a tendency
propensityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. natural inclination; tendency or preference; predilection
And Herbert had seen him as a predatory Tartar of comic propensities, with a face like a red brick, and an outrageous hat all over bells.
Great Expectations - Chapter 47
By Charles Dickens Context
A propensity to be saucy was one; and a perverse will, that indulged children invariably acquire, whether they be good tempered or cross.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 18
By Emily Bronte Context
Once again, Stephen had to conquer an instinctive propensity to dislike this old woman, though her manner was as honest and simple as a manner possibly could be.
Hard Times - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
proprietorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one who has legal title to something; owner
The proprietor and two clerks stood on the sidewalk with armfuls of bolts of cotton cloth they had been displaying.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
The accidental discovery, just made, that the proprietor of the Temperance Tavern kept liquor on his premises, scarcely fluttered the public pulse, tremendous as the fact was.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 30
By Mark Twain Context