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safeguardspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. one who, or that which, defends or protects; defense; protection
Ye say that the interest of the master is a sufficient safeguard for the slave.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Get Context   In CHAPTER XL
I keep it only to safeguard myself, and to preserve a weapon which will always secure me from any steps which he might take in the future.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In I. A Scandal in Bohemia
With all his faults, Trenor had the safeguard of his traditions, and was the less likely to overstep them because they were so purely instinctive.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 10
sagacityspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
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 By Mark Twain
Get Context   In CHAPTER I
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 By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 57
Morcerf asked leave to retire; he had to collect the documents he had long been preparing against this storm, which his sagacity had foreseen.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 86. The Trial.
savantspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. scholar; man of learning or science; one eminent for learning
The Dawsons smiled their appreciation of listening to a savant.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER IV
His conversation, I remember, was about the Bertillon system of measurements, and he expressed his enthusiastic admiration of the French savant.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In XI. The Adventure of The Naval Treaty
On the way he thought no more of money, but mused on the introduction that awaited him to the Petersburg savant, a writer on sociology, and what he would say to him about his book.
Anna Karenina(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 7: Chapter 2
scarletspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. of a brilliant red color
If they were resolute to accost her, she laid her finger on the scarlet letter, and passed on.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XIII. ANOTHER VIEW OF HESTER
Elizabeth had caught the scarlet fever; her illness was severe, and she was in the greatest danger.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 3
It was whispered by those who peered after her that the scarlet letter threw a lurid gleam along the dark passage-way of the interior.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In III. THE RECOGNITION
scribblespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. write or draw carelessly and in a hurry; doodle; meaningless marks and lines
Then I saw him scribble on a piece of paper, and I knew that he was writing me a note.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In X. THE ADVENTURE OF THE NOBLE BACHELOR
Holmes scribbled a receipt upon a sheet of his note-book and handed it to him.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In I. A Scandal in Bohemia
Yet as she scribbled, she kept her eye on her sister, who seemed unusually quiet.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO
securespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. free from fear, care, or anxiety; not have reason to doubt
But again the frost came and made the paths of the sea secure.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 24
They think themselves secure, you do no more than what is expected, and it raises no gratitude at all.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 2
His wife and his mistress, until an hour ago secure and inviolate, were slipping precipitately from his control.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 7
sentryspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. soldier placed on guard; guard
The sentry was our young Divine.
Andersen's Fairy Tales By Hans Christian Andersen
Get Context   In THE SHOES OF FORTUNE
Scarlett thanked him and followed the sentry.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
Huck stood sentry and Tom felt his way into the alley.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVIII
sessionspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. meeting devoted to a particular activity; time for school to hold classes
Yet after four sessions of the library-board she was where she had been before the first session.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIX
Boarding with the Widow Bogart was Fern Mullins, a girl of twenty-two who was to be teacher of English, French, and gymnastics in the high school this coming session.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVIII
shepherdspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a herder of sheep; someone who keeps the sheep together in a flock
Then the shepherd jumped upon the horse, wished Hans and the cow good morning, and away he rode.
Grimms' Fairy Tales By The Brothers Grimm
Get Context   In HANS IN LUCK
His horse would have ran off, if a shepherd who was coming by, driving a cow, had not stopped it.
Grimms' Fairy Tales By The Brothers Grimm
Get Context   In HANS IN LUCK
A shepherd had a faithful dog, called Sultan, who was grown very old, and had lost all his teeth.
Grimms' Fairy Tales By The Brothers Grimm
Get Context   In OLD SULTAN
siegespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. seat, especially a royal seat; throne; rank; grade; sitting before a fortified place; surrounding or investing of a place by army
The truth was that the North was holding the South in a virtual state of siege, though many did not realize it.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVI
I found it rather harassing to live in this state of siege, but was too much afraid of Mrs. Crupp to see any way out of it.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 34. MY AUNT ASTONISHES ME
In consequence I embarked for Oran, and went from thence to Constantine, where I arrived just in time to witness the raising of the siege.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 40. The Breakfast.
sievespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. device to separate larger objects from smaller objects, or to separate solid objects from a liquid; utensil for separating; coarse basket
All goes through the sieve of her gills, and nothing surprises her.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 17
Walking was as difficult as on a bog, and by the time Levin had ended the row he was in a great heat, and he stopped and gave up the sieve to Vassily.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 2: Chapter 13
He watched how Mishka strode along, swinging the huge clods of earth that clung to each foot; and getting off his horse, he took the sieve from Vassily and started sowing himself.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 2: Chapter 13
singularspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. unique; extraordinary; being only one
He was a boy of singular talent and fancy.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 2
When we visited it the next morning, we found the tree shattered in a singular manner.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 2
In the same early morning, I discovered a singular affinity between seeds and corduroys.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter VIII
slovenlyspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. messy and dirty; careless and excessively casual
She looked poor white, shiftless, slovenly, trifling.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XL
He was clad in a professional but rather slovenly fashion, for his frock-coat was dingy and his trousers frayed.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle
Get Context   In Chapter 1. Mr. Sherlock Holmes
Our liturgy," observed Crawford, "has beauties, which not even a careless, slovenly style of reading can destroy; but it has also redundancies and repetitions which require good reading not to be felt.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
sneerspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. show contempt by turning up the nose, or by a particular facial expression; speak derisively; show mirth awkwardly
Trenor caught her up with a sneer.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 13
To sneer at his imperfect attempt was very bad breeding.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
Even through her fear and bewilderment, his sneer stung.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LIV
sobriquetspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. nickname; familiar name for person, typically shortened version of given name
solicitousspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. worried or concerned; full of desire; expressing care or concern
You are too solicitous about him.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 39. WICKFIELD AND HEEP
One would be tenderly solicitous.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 5
She was solicitous about his health and his welfare.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Get Context   In XXIV
speculatespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. assume to be true without conclusive evidence; engage in buying or selling of a commodity for profit
I am afraid to speculate on what it is.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 62. A LIGHT SHINES ON MY WAY
Jurgis had time enough to stare and speculate, for it was two hours before he was summoned.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 21
In charge of the campaign was Mr. James Blausser, who had recently come to town to speculate in land.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXV
splendorspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. magnificence; Great light or luster; brilliance; grandeur
The sun was low, and the heavens glowed with the splendor of an autumn sunset.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER THIRTEEN
He came alive to me, delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 4
On this last evening, I dressed my self out in my new clothes for their delight, and sat in my splendor until bedtime.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XIX
sprawlspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. extend; stretch; spread; sit or lie with the body and limbs spread out awkwardly
He seated himself again, sprawling his long legs comfortably.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVI
As he spoke he reeled, and fell sprawling face upwards on the ground.
The Odyssey By Homer
Get Context   In BOOK IX
In a bound, I was on my feet, and easily sent him sprawling to the floor.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Get Context   In BOOK 2. The Hired Girls: XV
spurnspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
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 By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 4: 6 A Conjuncture, and Its Result upon the Pedestrian
artist who haunts her steps, and is spurned by the.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER TEN
They were forever ardent and craving; still I desired love and fellowship, and I was still spurned.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 24
stiflespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. interrupt or cut off voice; keep in or hold back; suppress; conceal or hide
Dickon laughed so that he was obliged to stifle the sound by putting his arm over his mouth.
The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett
Get Context   In CHAPTER XI
At first she tried to stifle the thoughts, but the hard self-honesty that lay at the base of her nature would not permit it.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER IX
As for Aunt Pitty, she was nervously trying to stifle a belch, for the rooster they had had for supper was a tough old bird.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVII
stridentspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. loud and harsh; insistent; high-pitched; rough-sounding
Again and again it sounded, the whole air throbbing with it, strident, wild, and menacing.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle
Get Context   In Chapter 9. The Light upon the Moor [Second Report of Dr. ...
Her laugh, too, was high, and perhaps a little strident, but there was a lively intelligence in it.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Get Context   In BOOK 1. The Shimerdas: II
Each stalk served as a perch for a grasshopper, which regaled the passers by through this Egyptian scene with its strident, monotonous note.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 26. The Pont du Gard Inn.
stymiespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. present obstacle; stump; cause to fail or to leave hopelessly puzzled, confused, or stuck
subjectivespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. occurring or taking place in person's mind rather than external world; unreal
My doctrine has never aimed at the subjection of the understanding.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 17
It has reappeared to annihilate me, all through my life, in connexion with all kinds of subjects.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 26. I FALL INTO CAPTIVITY
Thus Elizabeth endeavoured to divert her thoughts and mine from all reflection upon melancholy subjects.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 22
subterfugespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. pretense; something intended to misrepresent
This was difficult, for Scarlett had not a subtle bone in her body; and Gerald was so much like her he never failed to penetrate her weak subterfuges, even as she penetrated his.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER II
She'd have to put ruffles in her bosom to make them look larger and she had always had contempt for girls who resorted to such subterfuges.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXII
succinctspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. brief or compact; by clear, precise expression in few words
We, at the Grange, never got a very succinct account of his state preceding it; all that I did learn was on occasion of going to aid in the preparations for the funeral.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVII
"I have never heard a profound truth expressed so succinctly," he said.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLVII
"You sum up the difficulties of the situation succinctly and well," he said.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART I: CHAPTER IV. WHAT JOHN RANCE HAD TO TELL
succumbspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. submit to an overpowering force; yield to an overwhelming desire; give up or give in
The helpless wounded succumbed to her charms without a struggle.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XII
In the actual sex-thrill within the body, the sisters nearly succumbed to the strange male power.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 1
The look was far worse to resist than the frantic strain: only an idiot, however, would have succumbed now.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVII
superfluousspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. being beyond what is required or sufficient
That request seemed superfluous when I wrote it.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 9
Her husband was simply a superfluous and tiresome person.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 3: Chapter 20
Miss Micawber I found made snug for stormy weather, in the same manner; with nothing superfluous about her.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 57. THE EMIGRANTS
surveillancespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. watching; inspection; close observation of a person or group; supervision
tacitspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. indicated or understood without expressed directly; not speaking; silent
His attitude became one of good-humored subservience and tacit adoration.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Get Context   In XXVI
She did as he suggested; and the act was a tacit acknowledgment that she accepted his offer.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 4: 3 She Goes Out to Battle against Depression
By some tacit consent, throughout the voyage little or no allusion was made to it, especially by the mates.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 28. Ahab.
taciturnspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. silent or reserved in speech; saying little; not inclined to speak or converse
But these men were a taciturn lot, picking their words carefully.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLVIII
Young Jefferson Hope rode on with his companions, gloomy and taciturn.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART II: CHAPTER II. THE FLOWER OF UTAH
He appeared a taciturn, and perhaps a proud personage; but he was very kind to me.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXII
tacticsspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. strategy; policy; plan for attaining a particular goal
This, said Squealer, was something called tactics.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Get Context   In Chapter V
Not for Hood the cautious tactics of General Johnston.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVIII
Miss Ophelia was old, and skilled in the tactics of nursing.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXII
tarnishspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. make dirty or spotty; stain; dull the luster of; discolor, especially by exposure to air or dirt
The tarnish of shame and guilt that enveloped her spread to him as well.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LV
Edmond, my friend, do not compel me to tarnish that noble and pure image reflected incessantly on the mirror of my heart.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 89. A Nocturnal Interview.
Elizabeth also wept and was unhappy, but hers also was the misery of innocence, which, like a cloud that passes over the fair moon, for a while hides but cannot tarnish its brightness.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 8
tediousspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. tiresome by reason of length, slowness, or dullness; progressing very slowly
Another tedious wait at the spring and another long sleep brought changes.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXI
The alteration is not in them, if their parties are grown tedious and dull.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 19
Three dreadful days and nights dragged their tedious hours along, and the village sank into a hopeless stupor.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXX
teemspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. be abuzz; be full of; move in large numbers
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 By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 28. Mr. MICAWBER'S GAUNTLET
When I had lain awake a little while, those extraordinary voices with which silence teems began to make themselves audible.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XLV
tetherspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. tie with rope; fasten or restrict with rope or chain
I was fairly at the end of my tether at last, and could hardly find the stamps to answer the advertisements or the envelopes to stick them to.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In IV. The Adventure of The Stockbroker's Clerk
Within the limits of his short tether he had tumbled about, annihilating the flowers of existence with greater singleness of purpose than many of the blatant personages whose company he kept.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER I
Yet a certain feeling, you may understand, tethered me in a circle of a few miles round the point of my arrival.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Get Context   In V
themespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. subject of conversation or discussion; topic; essay
It is not much to give to the theme that so long filled my heart.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XXXVII
I believe the theme of this incomprehensible conundrum was the moon.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 33. BLISSFUL
My reflections on this theme were still in progress when dinner was announced.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 25. GOOD AND BAD ANGELS
thicketspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. wood or collection of trees, shrubs
The birds twittered more and more loudly and busily in the thicket.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 2: Chapter 15
In front of the door he observed a bird which had caught itself in the thicket.
Grimms' Fairy Tales By The Brothers Grimm
Get Context   In THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR
Outside this door a spade was placed against the wall; I took it, and advanced towards the thicket.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 67. At the Office of the King's Attorney.
threadbarespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. worn through till threads show; wearing old, shabby clothing; shabby and poor
A threadbare and venerable device, but useful upon occasion.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In XI. THE ADVENTURE OF THE MISSING THREE-QUARTER
At last I tore my eyes from it for a moment and saw that the hail curtain had worn threadbare, and that the sky was lightening with the promise of the sun.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Get Context   In III
Mr. Sowerberry was a tall gaunt, large-jointed man, attired in a suit of threadbare black, with darned cotton stockings of the same colour, and shoes to answer.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER IV
tractspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. expanse of land or water; system of organs that perform a specialized function; leaflet or pamphlet
The old man frequently stretched his eyes ahead to gaze over the tract that he had yet to traverse.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 1: 2 Humanity Appears upon the Scene, Hand in Hand with Trouble
This is a great tract of a hundred thousand acres, which from time immemorial has been a hunting preserve of the nobility.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 2
Birds, beasts, and man, appeared to slumber alike, if, indeed, any of the latter were to be found in that wide tract of wilderness.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 14
transitionspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. going from one state of action to another
The transition from libertine to prig was so complete.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 7
There was only one stage in the transition from coldness to inspiration, at which work was possible.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 5: Chapter 12
From fire to oil was a natural transition for burned fingers, and Amy fell to painting with undiminished ardor.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX
tributespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. payment in money made by one ruler or nation; tax; mark of respect; praiseworthy quality
This tribute to the unusual transformed and glorified her.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In IV
Almost any exhibition of complete self sufficiency draws a stunned tribute from me.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 1
The confidence he had thought fit to repose in me seemed a tribute to my discretion: I regarded and accepted it as such.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XV
tridentspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a spear with three prongs
turbulentspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. characterized by unrest or disorder
But his heart was in a constant, turbulent riot.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 6
There came a turbulent stream of men across the fields.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 4
The turbulent voices, even Guy Pollock being connotative beside her, were nothing.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVII
tycoonspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. wealthy and powerful businessperson or industrialist; magnate
unconscionablespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. lacking conscience; greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
undecipherablespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. not easily deciphered; not able to be read or understood
Like those mystic rocks, too, the mystic-marked whale remains undecipherable.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 68. The Blanket.
underhandedspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
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 By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLI
"Oh, it's nothing underhand," he assured me.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 4
But, you see, from the mother's breast the colored child feels and sees that there are none but underhand ways open to it.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVIII
underwritespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. write under something else; subscribe; assume financial responsibility for; guarantee against failure
ungainlyspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. awkward; lacking grace in movement or posture
They fled like soft, ungainly animals.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 11
You know he is as ungainly within as without.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XXXVIII
He was lank and ungainly but, even with his wooden peg, he moved as swiftly as a snake.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLII
unpronounceablespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. impossible or difficult to pronounce correctly; very difficult to pronounce correctly
Their last names were unpronounceable, so they were called Pavel and Peter.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Get Context   In BOOK 1. The Shimerdas: V
utensilspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. instrument, implement, or container for practical use, especially in kitchen or laboratory
Beside it lay some cooking utensils and a bucket half-full of water.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle
Get Context   In Chapter 11. The Man on the Tor
All about them were other small fires surrounded by men with their little black utensils.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 14
She was better acquainted with the utensils in the kitchen than with Vida Sherwin or Guy Pollock.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
variegatedspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. streaked, spotted, or marked with a variety of color; very colorful
This part of the Rhine, indeed, presents a singularly variegated landscape.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 18
Now all was ready--silver and white, forks and napkins, and in the middle the splashed bowl of variegated roses.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 3
They grew scattered, as if wild, among the variegated shrubs, but, as I say, I did not examine them closely at this time.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Get Context   In IV
vaudevillespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.
Even Raymie lost his simple faith, and tried to show that he could do a vaudeville shuffle.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVIII
This altogether admirable tradition rules the vaudeville stage, facetious illustrators, and syndicated newspaper humor, but out of actual life it passed forty years ago.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXII
velocityspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. rapidity or speed of motion; swiftness
The river glanced by with its ordinary velocity, but the canoe was nowhere to be seen on its dark waters.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 7
Clym reached the hatches, the framework of which was shaken to its foundations by the velocity of the current.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 5: 9 Sights and Sounds Draw the Wanderers Together
He seemed swimming with his utmost velocity, and now only intent upon pursuing his own straight path in the sea.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 135. The Chase.—Third Day.
vicinityspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. state of being near in space or relationship; proximity
Coarse grass and rank weeds straggled over all the marshy land in the vicinity.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 47. MARTHA
A light shone through the keyhole and from under the door; a profound stillness pervaded the vicinity.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER IX
So near a vicinity to her mother and Meryton relations was not desirable even to his easy temper, or her affectionate heart.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 61
vignettespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. unbordered picture, often a portrait; decorative design placed at beginning or end of book or chapter; short literary sketch
vindicationspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. act of vindicating, or state of being vindicated; defense; evidence or statements that justify a claim or belief
His vindication of a great lady.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 1: CHAPTER VI.
Also, the tall soldier received his vindication.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 2
In a defeat there would be a roundabout vindication of himself.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 11
violatespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. treat in a violent manner; abuse; do violence to; disturb; interrupt
While you looked so, I should be certain that whatever charter you might grant under coercion, your first act, when released, would be to violate its conditions.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
He has violated, in cold blood, the sanctity of a human heart.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XVII. THE PASTOR AND HIS PARISHIONER
I should have thought it a gross violation of duty and respect.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXII
vocationspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a person's employment or main occupation; career or profession
He answered, to go to sea again, in his old vocation.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 12. Biographical.
What with women and wine and the excitement of his vocation, a man could afford to rest now and then.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 17
David smiled sadly, though not without a momentary gleam of pleasure, at this allusion to his beloved vocation.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 9
wagespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. hazard on the event of a contest; stake; engage in, as a contest; adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; hire; employ
The man will stay and run the mill for a wage.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVI
In desperation she raised the wage she was offering but she was still refused.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVIII
He said, in effect, that the South had nothing with which to wage war but cotton and arrogance.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XI
whittlespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. reduce or eliminate gradually, with knife; cut small bits off
One of his legs was gone at the knee and to the stump was fitted a roughly whittled wooden peg.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXX
I went with Musgrave to his study and whittled myself this peg, to which I tied this long string with a knot at each yard.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VI. The Adventure of The Musgrave Ritual
He was clever at whittling and Wade was constantly by his side, for he whittled out toys for him, the only toys the little boy had.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXX
witherspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. shrivel; decay; lose freshness, vigor, or vitality; loss of moisture
When the dance was at an end she curtsied; and when the king looked round for her, she was gone, no one knew wither.
Grimms' Fairy Tales By The Brothers Grimm
Get Context   In CAT-SKIN
Do not allow a trivial misunderstanding to wither the blossoms of spring, which, once put forth and blighted, cannot be renewed.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 33. BLISSFUL
The leaves of that year had withered before my work drew near to a close, and now every day showed me more plainly how well I had succeeded.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 4
xenophobiaspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. exaggerated or abnormal fear of strangers or foreigners
zephyrspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. gentle breeze; west wind; any of various soft light fabrics, yarns, or garments
Euroclydon, nevertheless, is a mighty pleasant zephyr to any one in-doors, with his feet on the hob quietly toasting for bed.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 2. The Carpet-Bag.
A delicious zephyr played along the coasts of the Mediterranean, and wafted from shore to shore the sweet perfume of plants, mingled with the fresh smell of the sea.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 117. The Fifth of October.
zestspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a piece of orange or lemon peel, used to give flavor to liquor; something that gives or enhances a pleasant taste; appetizer
So much of the keen zest had gone out of life recently.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LVI
But the reward itself seemed unpalatable just then: she could get no zest from the thought of victory.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 3
I admired the cheerful zest with which grandmother went about keeping us warm and comfortable and well-fed.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Get Context   In BOOK 1. The Shimerdas: IX