11th Grade Spelling Words With Definition

 Grade 11: With Definition - 7
peccadillospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. slight offense; small sin or fault
pedagogyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. teaching; art of education; science of teaching
pedanticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by narrow focus on or display of learning, especially formal rules and trivial points
Mary had neither genius nor taste; and though vanity had given her application, it had given her likewise a pedantic air and conceited manner, which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
pedestrianspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lacking wit or imagination; ordinary
The roadway was blocked with the immense stream of commerce flowing in a double tide inward and outward, while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of pedestrians.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Whenever she was particularly discomposed, she always performed one of these pedestrian feats; and the amount of her discomposure might always be estimated by the duration of her walk.
David Copperfield - Chapter 40
By Charles Dickens Context
The window, whence the candlelight had shone up the vale to the eyes of the bonfire group, was uncurtained, but the sill lay too high for a pedestrian on the outside to look over it into the room.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
pedigreespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a line of ancestors; descent; lineage; register or record of a line of ancestors
I have a theory that the individual represents in his development the whole procession of his ancestors, and that such a sudden turn to good or evil stands for some strong influence which came into the line of his pedigree.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
pejorativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. tending to make or become worse; disparaging or belittling
penchantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. strong inclination; definite liking
penitentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. feeling or expressing deep regret for misdeeds
He expressed no regret for what he had done which satisfied her; his style was not penitent, but haughty.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 36
By Jane Austen Context
As to the washerwoman pawning the clothes, and coming in a state of penitent intoxication to apologize, I suppose that might have happened several times to anybody.
David Copperfield - Chapter 44
By Charles Dickens Context
When my ablutions were completed, I was put into clean linen of the stiffest character, like a young penitent into sackcloth, and was trussed up in my tightest and fearfullest suit.
Great Expectations - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
peremptoryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. offensively self-assured; dictatorial; not allowing contradiction or refusal
However much astonished I might be, I was sensible that I had no right to refuse compliance with such a peremptory command.
David Copperfield - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
No plan offered itself: the very exhibition of any desire to keep him would have rendered the claimant more peremptory: there was nothing left but to resign him.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 19
By Emily Bronte Context
perennialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. lasting indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal; remaining active throughout all the time
peripateticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. traveling especially on foot
peripheryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. edge, especially of a round surface; surface of a solid; circumference
permeatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. spread or flow throughout; pervade
Probably as many as fifty were thus inserted, some into the head of the wax model, some into the shoulders, some into the trunk, some upwards through the soles of the feet, till the figure was completely permeated with pins.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
perniciousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. very destructive; tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly
That, perhaps, in short, this Prerogative Office of the diocese of Canterbury was altogether such a pestilent job, and such a pernicious absurdity, that but for its being squeezed away in a corner of St.Paul's Churchyard.
David Copperfield - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
perturbspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. disturb greatly; make uneasy or anxious; throw into great confusion
He was somewhat perturbed, and his manner of informing Thomasin that he was going on a journey was in itself sufficient to rouse her suspicions.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
It was indeed our visitor of the afternoon who came bustling in, dangling his glasses more vigorously than ever, and with a very perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
pervasivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. pervading; spread throughout every part
pivotalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. being of vital or central importance; crucial
platitudespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. dullness; insipidity of thought; commonplace statement; lack of originality
plebeianspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. crude or coarse; unrefined or coarse in nature or manner; common or vulgar
Pocket to be brought up from her cradle as one who in the nature of things must marry a title, and who was to be guarded from the acquisition of plebeian domestic knowledge.
Great Expectations - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
plenaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. full in all respects; attended by all the people who have the right to attend
plethoraspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. excess; over-fullness in any respect; superabundance
polarizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. split into opposite extremes or camps
possespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a large group often with a common interest; a group of people temporarily organized to make a search
They got a posse together, and went off to guard the river bank, and as soon as it is light the sheriff and a gang are going to beat up the woods.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 30
By Mark Twain Context
posteriorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. later in time; later in the order of proceeding or moving; coming after; located behind
postulatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. essential premise; underlying assumption
potencyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects; the power or right to give orders or make decisions
He really felt, when he had his periods of energy and worked so hard at the question of the mines, as if his sexual potency were returning.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 11
By D H Lawrence Context
pragmaticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. practical as opposed to idealistic; concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
preceptspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. rule or principle prescribing particular action or conduct; authorized direction or order
I am simply applying to ordinary life a few of those precepts of observation and deduction which I advocated in that article.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Albeit it was as much against the precepts of his school to wonder, as it was against the doctrines of the Gradgrind College.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
I did not fail to assure him that I would store these precepts in my mind, though indeed I had no need to do so, for, at the time, they affected me visibly.
David Copperfield - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
precludespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent; eliminate
And his agitation precluded further speech; he advanced hastily to the entrance, where I made way for him to pass.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 31
By Emily Bronte Context
An union of a different tendency, and precluding the possibility of the other, was soon to be formed in their family.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
preeminentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. outstanding; superior to or notable above all others
He was in high spirits, doing everything with happy ease, and preeminent in all the lively turns, quick resources, and playful impudence that could do honour to the game; and the round table was altogether a very comfortable contrast to the steady sobriety and orderly silence of the other.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 25
By Jane Austen Context
premisespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. proposition upon which an argument is based; assumption; land and the buildings on it
He was a solicitor and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new premises were ready.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle 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
Almost the first remarkable thing I observed in Miss Murdstone was, her being constantly haunted by a suspicion that the servants had a man secreted somewhere on the premises.
David Copperfield - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
pristinespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. uncorrupted by civilization; primitive; remaining free from dirt or decay
profusespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. in great quantity or abundance; bountiful; exceedingly liberal
With the departure of the figures the profuse articulations of the women wasted away from her memory; but the accents of the other stayed on.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
promiscuousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having casual sexual relations frequently with different partners; irregular, casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
Considering how many hundreds of statues of the great Emperor must exist in London, it is too much to suppose such a coincidence as that a promiscuous iconoclast should chance to begin upon three specimens of the same bust.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
prosaicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual
putativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. purported; commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds
querulousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. habitually complaining; expressing complaint or grievance
Nothing was stirring except a brindled, grey cat, which crept from the ashes, and saluted me with a querulous mew.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 3
By Emily Bronte Context
ramificationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act or process of branching out or dividing into branches; subdivision or branch
My ramifications stretch out into many sections of society, but never, I am happy to say, into amateur sport, which is the best and soundest thing in England.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It had as many ramifications as the Cretan labyrinth, as many fluctuations as the northern lights, as much colour as a parterre in June, and was as crowded with figures as a coronation.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
rationalespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. fundamental reasons; basis; exposition of principles or reasons
rebukespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. scold harshly; criticize severely
The invalid complained of being covered with ashes; but he had a tiresome cough, and looked feverish and ill, so I did not rebuke his temper.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 23
By Emily Bronte Context
recalcitrantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority
At first this vague and terrible power was exercised only upon the recalcitrants who, having embraced the Mormon faith, wished afterwards to pervert or to abandon it.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
recedespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. move back; retreat; withdraw a claim or pretension
As the receding wave swept back with a hoarse roar, it seemed to scoop out deep caves in the beach, as if its purpose were to undermine the earth.
David Copperfield - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
And yet when he had finished, soon over, and lay very very still, receding into silence, and a strange motionless distance, far, farther than the horizon of her awareness, her heart began to weep.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 12
By D H Lawrence Context
reconditespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
redolentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. fragrant; odorous; suggestive of odor
refutespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. disprove; prove to be false or incorrect
reiteratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. say, state, or perform again or repeatedly
relegatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. assign to obscure place, position, or condition; delegate; assign
relinquishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. give up something with reluctance; retire from; give up or abandon
One thing was manifest to both of us, and that was, that until relief came, neither of us could relinquish the fire.
Great Expectations - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
Quinion that he must relinquish me on the day of his departure, and to give me a high character, which I am sure I deserved.
David Copperfield - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
His fervid nature could not afford to relinquish one of these, though two of the three were as many as he could hope to preserve.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
renaissancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. revival; renewal; revival of learning and culture
renouncespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. abandon; disown; turn away from; give up
If you were to renounce this patronage and these favors, I suppose you would do so with some faint hope of one day repaying what you have already had.
Great Expectations - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
Not a sound was audible in the building, but the slight rustle of men moving a little apart, all along the centre of the room, to open a means of passing out, to the man with whom they had all bound themselves to renounce companionship.
Hard Times - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
repercussionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. often indirect effect or result that is produced by an event or action; reflection, especially of sound
reprisalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. action taken in return for injury or offense
reprovespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. voice or convey disapproval of; rebuke; find fault with
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
It was as if I had seen her admiringly and tenderly embracing Dora, and tacitly reproving me, by her considerate protection, for my hot haste in fluttering that little heart.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context