8th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 8: Vocabulary - List 7

proprietyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. fitness; correct conduct; quality of being proper; appropriateness
There was a propriety, not to say a dignity in these words, that made the hearers yet more quiet and attentive.
Hard Times - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
It did not suit his sense of propriety, and he was silenced, till induced by further smiles and liveliness to put the matter by for the present.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen 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
prospectorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. someone who explores an area for mineral deposits
pseudonymspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. pen name; fictitious name used when someone performs a particular social role
punctiliousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by precise accordance with details
pungentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic
The sensation was like being touched in the marrow with some pungent and searching acid, it set my very teeth on edge.
Great Expectations - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
quintessencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. pure, highly concentrated essence of a thing
ranklespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. grow worse; cause persistent irritation or resentment
It would have rankled in me more than it did, if I had not regarded myself as eliciting it by being so set apart for her and assigned to her.
Great Expectations - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
Well, this injury, as he would consider it, has rankled in his wicked, scheming brain, and all his life he has longed for vengeance, but never seen his chance.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
His tall brothers were a grim, quiet lot, in whom the family tradition of past glories, lost forever, rankled in unspoken hate and crackled out in bitter humor.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 3
By Margaret Mitche Context
rapportspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. emotional closeness; harmony; relationship of mutual trust or emotional affinity
razespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. destroy completely; scrape or shave off
recantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. retract a previous statement; sing over again; utter repeatedly in song
She could not help seeing that Rhett, once the most execrated man in Atlanta, was now one of the most popular, for he had humbly recanted his Republican heresies and given his time and money and labor and thought to helping Georgia fight her way back.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 58
By Margaret Mitche Context
receptaclespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. container; reservoir; an object or space used to contain something
When the bed was in proper trim Fairway and Christian brought forward vast paper bags, stuffed to the full, but light as balloons, and began to turn the contents of each into the receptacle just prepared.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
reclamationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course
reclusespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one who lives in solitude; withdrawn from the world; reclusive
recompensespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. render an equivalent to, for service, loss; requite; remunerate; compensate; give in return; pay back
It is to recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a young and unknown man, a fee which would buy an opinion from the very heads of your profession.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
recoursespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one that is turned or applied to for aid or security; resort for help or protection; access or admittance
There are indications that she has had recourse to an optician at least twice during the last few months.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
rectitudespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgment
recurspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. reappear; happen or occur again
I felt stunned by the awful event; and my memory unavoidably recurred to former times with a sort of oppressive sadness.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 34
By Emily Bronte Context
Softer expressions followed this, and then again recurred the tender sadness which had sat upon him during his drive along the highway that afternoon.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Although I saw him every day, it was for only a short time; hence, the regularly recurring spaces of our separation were long enough to record on his face any slight changes that occurred in his physical state.
Great Expectations - Chapter 56
By Charles Dickens Context
redundantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. exceeding what is necessary or natural; repetitious; excessively wordy
refugeespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one who flees to shelter, or place of safety
Already Atlanta was full of refugees from east Tennessee, and the town had heard firsthand stories from them of what suffering they had gone through.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 14
By Margaret Mitche Context
The German name of the victim, the absence of all other motive, and the sinister inscription on the wall, all pointed to its perpetration by political refugees and revolutionists.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
regimenspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. prescribed diet and habits; a systematic plan for therapy; governmental rule or control
rehabilitatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. restore to proper condition; help to re-adapt, as to former state of health or good repute
rejoinderspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. retort; comeback; answer to a reply
And all the infant paupers might have chorussed the rejoinder with great propriety, if they had heard it.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
She realized now that though he had infuriated her with his malicious comments and roused her to heated rejoinders, he had done it because he cared what she did and said.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 58
By Margaret Mitche Context
relicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. surviving remnant; something left after loss or decay; object kept for its association with the past
Miss Havisham had settled down, I hardly knew how, upon the floor, among the faded bridal relics with which it was strewn.
Great Expectations - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
Barnicot is an enthusiastic admirer of Napoleon, and his house is full of books, pictures, and relics of the French Emperor.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Quickly she snatched the curtain lengths from Scarlett, holding them against her monumental, sagging breasts as if they were holy relics.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 32
By Margaret Mitche Context
renditionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. translation, often interpretive; performance of a musical or dramatic work
renegespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. deny; go back on; fail to fulfill promise or obligation
renownspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. fame; quality of being widely honored and acclaimed
It is a name of heroism and renown; of kings, princes, and knights; and seems to breathe the spirit of chivalry and warm affections.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 22
By Jane Austen Context
I answered, laughing, that I thought we might get through it in that time, but that he must come also; for he would find that his renown had preceded him, and that he was almost as great a personage as I was.
David Copperfield - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
reparationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of putting something in working order again; act or process of making amends; compensation
If you but make such reparation as is in your power, by telling us where the beryls are, all shall be forgiven and forgotten.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The very friend to whom you communicated your misgivings as to the Prophet and his mission, might be one of those who would come forth at night with fire and sword to exact a terrible reparation.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
repentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cause to feel remorse or regret; feel regret or self-reproach for
Rushworth had, perhaps, been accepted on too short an acquaintance, and, on knowing him better, she was repenting.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
He stood about, restless and uneasy, for a while, glancing at the door, every now and then, hoping she would repent and come to find him.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 7
By Mark Twain Context
But the poor dame had reason to repent of her kindness: she and her husband both took the fever, and died within a few days of each other.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 9
By Emily Bronte Context
replicaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. copy or reproduction of a work of art
reproachspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. express disapproval or disappointment; bring shame upon; disgrace
Louisa could not reproach her for her unjust suspicions; she was so faithful to her idea of the man, and so afflicted.
Hard Times - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
I knew that he still had the diary, for when I was in Siberia I had a letter from him once, reproaching me and quoting some passages from its pages.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
She had little hope of success; but Elizabeth, who in the event of such a reverse would be so much more to be pitied than herself, should never, she thought, have reason to reproach her for giving no warning.
Persuasion - Chapter 5
By Jane Austen Context
repugnantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. arousing disgust or aversion; offensive or repulsive; hateful
They were no sooner gone, than Monks, who appeared to entertain an invincible repugnance to being left alone, called to a boy who had been hidden somewhere below.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
requisitespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. necessary requirement; indispensable item
Difficulties had arisen in the construction of this machine, simple as it was; requisites had been found wanting, and messages had had to go and return.
Hard Times - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
And the valet, who had begun to attempt a brogue out of admiration for his new master, made requisite answer in a combination of Geechee and County Meath that would have puzzled anyone except those two alone.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 3
By Margaret Mitche Context
The expense would be nothing, the inconvenience not more; and it was altogether an attention which the delicacy of his conscience pointed out to be requisite to its complete enfranchisement from his promise to his father.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 36
By Jane Austen Context
resplendentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. dazzling; glorious; shining with brilliant luster; very bright
They were such resplendent uniforms, brave with shining buttons and dazzling with twined gold braid on cuffs and collars, the red and yellow and blue stripes on the trousers, for the different branches of the service, setting off the gray to perfection.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 9
By Margaret Mitche Context
restivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. impatient under restraint or opposition; resisting control; difficult to control
She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and finally announced her positive intention of going to a certain ball.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
They had all the more reason for doing so because the news of their defeat had spread across the countryside and made the animals on the neighbouring farms more restive than ever.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
One morning when the rain streamed down unceasingly and Colin was beginning to feel a little restive, as he was obliged to remain on his sofa because it was not safe to get up and walk about, Mary had an inspiration.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 25
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
restrictivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. tending or serving to restrict; limiting; confining
Though their caution may prove eventually unnecessary, it was kindly meant; and of this you may be assured, that every advantage of affluence will be doubled by the little privations and restrictions that may have been imposed.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 32
By Jane Austen Context
resurgencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. bringing again into activity and prominence
retentivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. holding; having quality, power, or capacity of retaining, as to retain knowledge with ease
retinuespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. following members; attendants accompanying high-ranking person
retortspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. reply, especially to answer in a quick, caustic, or witty manner
I had leisure to entertain the retort in my mind, while he slowly lifted his heavy glance from the pavement, up my legs and arms, to my face.
Great Expectations - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
She missed him, missed his light flippant touch in anecdotes that made her shout with laughter, his sardonic grin that reduced troubles to their proper proportions, missed even his jeers that stung her to angry retort.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 56
By Margaret Mitche Context
revenuespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. money which returns from an investment; annual income; reward
reverberatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. to throw or bend back, from a surface; ring or echo with sound; spring back; spring away from an impact
There still reverberated in her mind the crashes of the two impregnable citadels of her life, thundering to dust about her ears.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 62
By Margaret Mitche Context
At the end of the passage, while the bell was still reverberating, I found Sarah Pocket, who appeared to have now become constitutionally green and yellow by reason of me.
Great Expectations - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
It was before this ruinous building that the worthy couple paused, as the first peal of distant thunder reverberated in the air, and the rain commenced pouring violently down.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
revilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. attack with abusive language; vilify
rigmarolespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a long and complicated and confusing procedure
rubblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. broken fragments; irregular pieces of rock
But, determined to build himself a monument of a reputation quickly, he used any handy rubble in the making.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context
sagacityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. quality of being sagacious; quickness or acuteness of sense perceptions; keenness of discernment; shrewdness
She was half sorry her sagacity had miscarried, and half glad that Tom had stumbled into obedient conduct for once.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 1
By Mark Twain Context
Young ladies have great penetration in such matters as these; but I think I may defy even your sagacity, to discover the name of your admirer.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 57
By Jane Austen Context
The conduct of the criminal investigation has been left in the experienced hands of Inspector Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, who is following up the clues with his accustomed energy and sagacity.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
sagespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one celebrated for wisdom, experience, and judgment; various plants of the genus Salvia
Gradgrind and a council of political sages approved of Jem, and it was resolved to send him down to Coketown, to become known there and in the neighbourhood.
Hard Times - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
savantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. scholar; man of learning or science; one eminent for learning
scarcespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. hard to find; absent or rare; limited
serenespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. calm, peaceful, and untroubled; completely clear and fine
She suddenly felt that this was where she belonged, not in serene and quiet old cities, flat beside yellow waters.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
Therefore, outwardly, it came as the most terrible blow and shock to him, He had kept the surface of his confidence in her quite serene.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 19
By D H Lawrence Context
The beautiful, calm manner, which makes her so different in my remembrance from everybody else, came back again, as if a cloud had passed from a serene sky.
David Copperfield - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
serviettespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a small piece of table linen that is used to wipe the mouth and to cover the lap in order to protect clothing
sievespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. device to separate larger objects from smaller objects, or to separate solid objects from a liquid; utensil for separating; coarse basket
sleekspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having an even, smooth surface; smooth; not rough or harsh
sleuthspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. watch, observe, or inquire secretly
slovenlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. messy and dirty; careless and excessively casual
sobriquetspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. nickname; familiar name for person, typically shortened version of given name
solsticespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. either of the two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator