8th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 8: Vocabulary - List 8

speculatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. assume to be true without conclusive evidence; engage in buying or selling of a commodity for profit
The animals found the problem insoluble; in any case, they had little time for speculating on such things now.
Animal Farm - Chapter 10
By George Orwell Context
Savannah buzzed behind its doors and speculated about Philippe Robillard, who had gone West, but the gossiping brought no answer.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 3
By Margaret Mitche Context
spendthriftspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one who spends money recklessly or wastefully
sporadicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time
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
spurnspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn
Well, that gives me sorrow, for I am not made so entirely happy by my marriage that I am willing to spurn you for the information, as I ought to do.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
That she had done a grievous thing in taking an impressionable child to mould into the form that her wild resentment, spurned affection, and wounded pride found vengeance in, I knew full well.
Great Expectations - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
squalorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. filthy and wretched condition or quality; dirty or neglected state
staminaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. physical or moral strength to resist or withstand illness; enduring strength and energy
statelyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. majestic; impressive, as in size or proportions
She supervised the meal officially, but implied that in her own stately person she considered lunch a weakness.
Hard Times - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
He was a tall and stately person, scrupulously dressed, with a drawn, thin face, and a nose which was grotesquely curved and long.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line of fine shops and stately business premises that they really abutted on the other side upon the faded and stagnant square which we had just quitted.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
steadfastspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. firmly or constant loyal; fixed or unchanging
It was an earnest, steadfast gaze, but she often doubted whether there were much admiration in it, and sometimes it seemed nothing but absence of mind.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 32
By Jane Austen Context
stintspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. length of time spent in particular way; allotted amount; limitation or restriction; fixed amount of work allotted
stipulatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. specify or arrange in agreement; express demand in agreement; promise in agreement
But, he was particular in stipulating that if I were not received with cordiality, or if I were not encouraged to repeat my visit as a visit which had no ulterior object but was simply one of gratitude for a favor received, then this experimental trip should have no successor.
Great Expectations - Chapter 15
By Charles Dickens Context
stridentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. loud and harsh; insistent; high-pitched; rough-sounding
The mockingbirds and the jays, engaged in their old feud for possession of the magnolia tree beneath her window, were bickering, the jays strident, acrimonious, the mockers sweet voiced and plaintive.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 5
By Margaret Mitche Context
stupendousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. astonishing; wonderful; amazing, especially, astonishing in magnitude or elevation
stymiespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. present obstacle; stump; cause to fail or to leave hopelessly puzzled, confused, or stuck
subjectivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. occurring or taking place in person's mind rather than external world; unreal
sublimespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of high spiritual, moral, or intellectual worth; characterized by nobility; majestic
Moreover, the healthy spirits who had mounted to this sublime height were attractive to many of the Gradgrind school.
Hard Times - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
superfluousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. being beyond what is required or sufficient
But it was possible that her presence might not be desired by Clym and his mother at this moment of their first meeting, or that it would be superfluous.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
We talk about the tyranny of words, but we like to tyrannize over them too; we are fond of having a large superfluous establishment of words to wait upon us on great occasions; we think it looks important, and sounds well.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
supernaturalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not existing in nature or explanation according to natural laws
She vanished like a discontented fairy; or like one of those supernatural beings, whom it was popularly supposed I was entitled to see; and never came back any more.
David Copperfield - Chapter 1
By Charles Dickens Context
supersedespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. be placed in or take the room of; replace; make obsolete; make void or useless by superior power
He hustled on his overcoat, and bustled about in a way that showed that an energetic fit had superseded the apathetic one.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
surmisespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. guess; infer something without sufficiently conclusive evidence
My mind had been too much excited by all that had occurred, and the strangest fancies and surmises crowded into it.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It was imputed to very reasonable weariness, and she was thanked and pitied; but she deserved their pity more than she hoped they would ever surmise.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
He surmised my secret, and has presumed ever since upon the claim which he has upon me, and upon his power of provoking a scandal which would be abhorrent to me.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
surpassspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. be or go beyond, as in degree or quality; exceed
My dream was out; my wild fancy was surpassed by sober reality; Miss Havisham was going to make my fortune on a grand scale.
Great Expectations - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
Bennet perhaps surpassing the rest; though, when the first tumult of joy was over, she began to declare that it was what she had expected all the while.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 2
By Jane Austen Context
surveillancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. watching; inspection; close observation of a person or group; supervision
sustenancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of sustaining; something, especially food, that sustains life or health
The coyote skulks among the scrub, the buzzard flaps heavily through the air, and the clumsy grizzly bear lumbers through the dark ravines, and picks up such sustenance as it can amongst the rocks.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
synonymousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having the same or a similar meaning; identical; equivalent
Bounderby does not do you the injustice, and does not do himself the injustice, of pretending to anything fanciful, fantastic, or (I am using synonymous terms) sentimental.
Hard Times - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
tacitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. indicated or understood without expressed directly; not speaking; silent
It was a secret he would never learn, for everyone from Ellen down to the stupidest field hand was in a tacit and kindly conspiracy to keep him believing that his word was law.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 2
By Margaret Mitche Context
Like washable beaver hats that improve with rain, his nerves were rendered stouter and more vigorous, by showers of tears, which, being tokens of weakness, and so far tacit admissions of his own power, pleased and exalted him.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
tediousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. tiresome by reason of length, slowness, or dullness; progressing very slowly
Three dreadful days and nights dragged their tedious hours along, and the village sank into a hopeless stupor.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 30
By Mark Twain Context
The first part of their journey was performed in too melancholy a disposition to be otherwise than tedious and unpleasant.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
For a dizzy moment she thought what childbearing meant, the nausea that tore her, the tedious waiting, the thickening of her figure, the hours of pain.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 56
By Margaret Mitche Context
teemspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. be abuzz; be full of; move in large numbers
When I had lain awake a little while, those extraordinary voices with which silence teems began to make themselves audible.
Great Expectations - Chapter 45
By Charles Dickens Context
Yet his very elbows, when he had his back towards me, seemed to teem with the expression of his fixed opinion that I was extremely young.
David Copperfield - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
terrestrialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. earthly, as opposed to celestial; pertaining to the land
tetherspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. tie with rope; fasten or restrict with rope or chain
Having tethered the horses, and bade Lucy adieu, he threw his gun over his shoulder, and set out in search of whatever chance might throw in his way.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
There seemed to be just as many vehicles wallowing in the mud holes as there had been then, except that there were no Confederate ambulances, and just as many horses and mules tethered to hitching racks in front of the wooden awnings of the stores.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 33
By Margaret Mitche Context
themespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. subject of conversation or discussion; topic; essay
It is astonishing to me now, how I found time, in the midst of my porings and blunderings over heavier themes, to read those books as I did.
David Copperfield - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
The themes were the same that had been illuminated upon similar occasions by their mothers before them, their grandmothers, and doubtless all their ancestors in the female line clear back to the Crusades.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 21
By Mark Twain Context
It had not occurred to me before, that he had led up to the theme for the purpose of clearing it out of our way; but we were so much the lighter and easier for having broached it, that I now perceived this to be the case.
Great Expectations - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
thesaurusspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. book of synonyms, often including related and contrasting words and antonyms
thicketspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. wood or collection of trees, shrubs
She rounded a thicket of pomegranate trees which were shaking bare limbs in the cold wind and saw him leaning on his axe, wiping his forehead with the back of his hand.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 31
By Margaret Mitche Context
Traddles reasonably supposed that this would settle the business; but I, only feeling that here indeed were a few tall trees to be hewn down, immediately resolved to work my way on to Dora through this thicket, axe in hand.
David Copperfield - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
threadbarespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. worn through till threads show; wearing old, shabby clothing; shabby and poor
throngspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. large group of people gathered or crowded closely together
He had also remarked a young gentleman in the throng, particularly active in making his way about, and that young gentleman was the prisoner before him.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
The rain still continued, the candlelight falling upon the nearest drops and making glistening darts of them as they descended across the throng of invisible ones behind.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
A low murmur of pity went round the throng, and the women wept aloud, as this form, almost without form, was moved very slowly from its iron deliverance, and laid upon the bed of straw.
Hard Times - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
toilspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. exhausting labor or effort; any thread, web, or string spread for taking prey
Three days and nights of toil and hunger in the cave were not to be shaken off at once, as Tom and Becky soon discovered.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 32
By Mark Twain Context
Mary never wrote to Bath herself; all the toil of keeping up a slow and unsatisfactory correspondence with Elizabeth fell on Anne.
Persuasion - Chapter 12
By Jane Austen Context
In the moment of realization, after all his toil and waiting, you cut the ground from under his feet, destroy his idea, and make his gains worthless to him.
Great Expectations - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
tractspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. expanse of land or water; system of organs that perform a specialized function; leaflet or pamphlet
Like many insane people, his insanity might be measured by the things he was not aware of the great desert tracts in his consciousness.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 9
By D H Lawrence Context
A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching the time of twilight, and the vast tract of unenclosed wild known as Egdon Heath embrowned itself moment by moment.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
You could not find a more lonely tract of road anywhere, and it is quite rare to meet so much as a cart, or a peasant, until you reach the high road near Crooksbury Hill.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
transitionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. going from one state of action to another
The actors in the mimic life of the theatre, are blind to violent transitions and abrupt impulses of passion or feeling, which, presented before the eyes of mere spectators, are at once condemned as outrageous and preposterous.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
tridentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a spear with three prongs
turbulentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. characterized by unrest or disorder
The green eyes in the carefully sweet face were turbulent, willful, lusty with life, distinctly at variance with her decorous demeanor.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 1
By Margaret Mitche Context
turmoilspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. state of extreme confusion or agitation; commotion or tumult
As the school quieted down Tom made an honest effort to study, but the turmoil within him was too great.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 6
By Mark Twain Context
Elsing, erect as a Spartan mother, betraying her inner turmoil only by the straggling gray locks that hung from her chignon; and Fanny Elsing white as a ghost.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 14
By Margaret Mitche Context
He nodded, twice or thrice, to a passing friend; and, resisting as many invitations to take a morning dram, pressed steadily onward, until they were clear of the turmoil, and had made their way through Hosier Lane into Holborn.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
tycoonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. wealthy and powerful businessperson or industrialist; magnate
undecipherablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not easily deciphered; not able to be read or understood
underhandedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. short-handed; clandestine; marked by deception
He had suspected his agent of some underhand dealing; of meaning to bias him against the deserving; and he had determined to go himself, and thoroughly investigate the merits of the case.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 41
By Jane Austen Context
underwritespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. write under something else; subscribe; assume financial responsibility for; guarantee against failure
ungainlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. awkward; lacking grace in movement or posture
His figure was a little ungainly, as in the days when my knuckles had taken such liberties with it, but it looked as if it would always be light and young.
Great Expectations - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
unpronounceablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. impossible or difficult to pronounce correctly; very difficult to pronounce correctly
unseemlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. grossly improper; indecent; in poor taste
untenablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. indefensible; not able to be maintained
uprootspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. pull up; displace; destroy completely, as if down to the roots; eradicate
vaudevillespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.
veerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. shift to clockwise direction; turn sharply; change direction abruptly
Occasionally when the slight breeze veered, puffs of smoke from the long barbecue pits floated over the crowd and were greeted with squeals of mock dismay from the ladies and violent flappings of palmetto fans.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 6
By Margaret Mitche Context
viespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. strive for victory or superiority; contend; compete
vindicationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of vindicating, or state of being vindicated; defense; evidence or statements that justify a claim or belief
Not that Marianne appeared to distrust the truth of any part of it, for she listened to it all with the most steady and submissive attention, made neither objection nor remark, attempted no vindication of Willoughby, and seemed to shew by her tears that she felt it to be impossible.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 32
By Jane Austen Context
vivaciousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. animated; lively; vigorous and active
At supper Melanie surprised them all by forcing herself out of her timidity and being almost vivacious.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 28
By Margaret Mitche Context
They were merely indulging in the ordinary vivacious chat of relatives who have long been parted in person though not in soul.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Snowball was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was not considered to have the same depth of character.
Animal Farm - Chapter 2
By George Orwell Context
vocationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person's employment or main occupation; career or profession
Joseph remained to hector over tenants and labourers; and because it was his vocation to be where he had plenty of wickedness to reprove.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 8
By Emily Bronte Context
Having some foundation for believing, by this time, that nature and accident had made me an author, I pursued my vocation with confidence.
David Copperfield - Chapter 48
By Charles Dickens Context
voluminousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. large in volume or bulk; large in number or quantity, especially of discourse
Gerald knelt beside her, and Scarlett and Suellen took their accustomed places on the opposite side of the table, folding their voluminous petticoats in pads under their knees, so they would ache less from contact with the hard floor.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 4
By Margaret Mitche Context
voraciousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. ravenous; excessively greedy and grasping; devouring or craving food in great quantities
The old man was up, betimes, next morning, and waited impatiently for the appearance of his new associate, who after a delay that seemed interminable, at length presented himself, and commenced a voracious assault on the breakfast.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 45
By Charles Dickens Context
wagespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. hazard on the event of a contest; stake; engage in, as a contest; adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; hire; employ
I found everything in a satisfactory state at the cottage; and was enabled to gratify my aunt exceedingly by reporting that the tenant inherited her feud, and waged incessant war against donkeys.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
wheedlespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cajole; coax; deceive by flattery
There was indignation in his hoarse bass voice but also a wheedling note, and Scarlett teasingly clicked her tongue against her teeth as she reached out to pull his cravat into place.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 2
By Margaret Mitche Context
wranglespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. angry dispute; noisy quarrel; altercation
zephyrspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. gentle breeze; west wind; any of various soft light fabrics, yarns, or garments
zestspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a piece of orange or lemon peel, used to give flavor to liquor; something that gives or enhances a pleasant taste; appetizer
This certainty of the morrow gave zest and enthusiasm to life, and the County people enjoyed life with a heartiness that Ellen could never understand.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 3
By Margaret Mitche Context
She knew them all so intimately, and had such a peculiar, flamey zest in all their affairs, it was wonderful, if just a trifle humiliating to listen to her.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 9
By D H Lawrence Context
My first feeling of fear had passed away, and I thrilled now with a keener zest than I had ever enjoyed when we were the defenders of the law instead of its defiers.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context