11th Grade Spelling Words With Definition

 Grade 11: With Definition - 8
repudiatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. disown; refuse to acknowledge; reject validity or authority of
But he had not spoken out of his own will and desire; and he felt it in his heart a noble return for his late injurious treatment to be faithful to the last to those who had repudiated him.
Hard Times - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
resolutespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. firm, unyielding, or determined; having decided purpose
What I had to do, was, to turn the painful discipline of my younger days to account, by going to work with a resolute and steady heart.
David Copperfield - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
Beside the driver there sat a man who could not have been more than thirty years of age, but whose massive head and resolute expression marked him as a leader.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
She set her hand upon her stick in the resolute way that sometimes was habitual to her, and looked at the fire with a strong expression of forcing herself to attend.
Great Expectations - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
respitespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. usually short interval of rest or relief; delay in punishment
Price, coming abroad with a fine family of children, feeling a little respite of her weekly cares, and only discomposed if she saw her boys run into danger, or Rebecca pass by with a flower in her hat.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 42
By Jane Austen Context
reticentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative.
He immediately began to talk to Drummle: not at all deterred by his replying in his heavy reticent way, but apparently led on by it to screw discourse out of him.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
reverespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. worship; regard with feelings of respect or honor
Also, on the other hand, that it will never cause him to be applauded as a prophet, revered as a priest, or exalted as a king.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
roguespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a deceitful and unreliable person; a dishonest or worthless person
The little rogue thought I had not seen her, and, drawing back, she took her former station by the window, quite demurely.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 32
By Emily Bronte Context
saffronspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a moderate orange to orange yellow; a shade of yellow tinged with orange
salientspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. prominent or protruding; projecting outwardly; moving by leaps or springs
A faint illumination from its rays began to glow upon her face, and the fire soon revealed itself to be lit, not on the level ground, but on a salient corner or redan of earth, at the junction of two converging bank fences.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
salutaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. tending to improve; beneficial; favorable to health
The board, in imitation of so wise and salutary an example, took counsel together on the expediency of shipping off Oliver Twist, in some small trading vessel bound to a good unhealthy port.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
All this time we, the outsiders, remained oppressed by the tremendous interests involved in the conversation; and our host regarded us with pride, as the victims of a salutary awe and astonishment.
David Copperfield - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
samovarspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a metal urn with a spigot at the base; used in Russia to boil water for tea
sanctimoniousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious
He was donned in his Sunday garments, with his most sanctimonious and sourest face, and, holding his hat in one hand, and his stick in the other, he proceeded to clean his shoes on the mat.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 19
By Emily Bronte Context
sanguinespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. cheerfully confident; optimistic; of healthy reddish color; ruddy
Micawber may have concealed his difficulties from me in the first instance, but his sanguine temper may have led him to expect that he would overcome them.
David Copperfield - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
In seasons of cheerfulness, no temper could be more cheerful than hers, or possess, in a greater degree, that sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 2
By Jane Austen Context
sardonicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. disdainful or ironically humorous; cynical; scornful and mocking
The carriage stopped, the doctor alighted, walked swiftly back to where I had also halted, and told me in an excellent sardonic fashion that he feared the road was narrow, and that he hoped his carriage did not impede the passage of my bicycle.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
scrupulousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. exactly and carefully conducted; by extreme care and great effort; cautious
If we were not related, it would not signify; but as cousins, she would feel scrupulous as to any proposal of ours.
Persuasion - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
As a sister, so partial and so angry, and so little scrupulous of what she said, and in another light so triumphant and secure, she was in every way an object of painful alarm.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 36
By Jane Austen Context
Well, the temptation of sudden wealth so easily acquired was too much for you, as it has been for better men before you; but you were not very scrupulous in the means you used.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
secularspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. worldly rather than spiritual; not specifically relating to religion; lasting from century to century
He stated that his discourses to people were to be sometimes secular, and sometimes religious, but never dogmatic; and that his texts would be taken from all kinds of books.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
seismicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. caused by earthquake or earth vibration; earthshaking
sentientspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness; consciously perceiving
serendipityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck
servilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. slavish; suitable to slave or servant; relating to servitude or forced labor
They were obsequious and servile and did not presume to talk to their masters as if they were their equals.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 4
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
Standing at this table, I became conscious of the servile Pumblechook in a black cloak and several yards of hatband, who was alternately stuffing himself, and making obsequious movements to catch my attention.
Great Expectations - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
slothspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. laziness; apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue; any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals
sordidspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. filthy; unethical or dishonest; dirty; foul; morally degraded
And however one might sentimentalize it, this sex business was one of the most ancient, sordid connexions and subjections.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 1
By D H Lawrence Context
So does the eye of Heaven itself become an evil eye, when incapable or sordid hands are interposed between it and the things it looks upon to bless.
Hard Times - Chapter 15
By Charles Dickens Context
I know that of the wretched marriage, into which family pride, and the most sordid and narrowest of all ambition, forced your unhappy father when a mere boy, you were the sole and most unnatural issue.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
squanderspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. spend wastefully; fail to take advantage of; lose a chance for
He had left her, when only eighteen; robbed her of jewels and money; gambled, squandered, forged, and fled to London: where for two years he had associated with the lowest outcasts.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
He learned to play heavily at cards and to squander money on the turf, until he had again and again to come to me and implore me to give him an advance upon his allowance, that he might settle his debts of honour.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
stagnationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. inactivity of liquids; without current or circulation
One point was evident in this; that she had been existing in a suppressed state, and not in one of languor, or stagnation.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
staticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having no motion; being at rest; fixed; stationary
staunchspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. firm and dependable especially in loyalty; loyal and committed in attitude
When I am a wife, I mean to be just as staunch myself; and I wish my friends in general would be so too.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 5
By Jane Austen Context
But then, a divorce was unthinkable; and Ellen and Gerald, staunch Catholics that they were, would never permit her to marry a divorced man.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 16
By Margaret Mitche Context
stigmatizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. accuse; condemn; mark as wicked
surfeitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. eat until excessively full; be more than full; feed someone to excess
surrogatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one that takes position of another; substitute
One of our clerks, who was an outsider, used, in the height of this contest, to sit with his hat on, that he might be ready to rush out and swear before a surrogate any victim who was brought in.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
tantamountspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. equivalent in effect or value
temerityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. boldness; rashness; foolhardy disregard of danger
He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity: 'Please, sir, I want some more.'
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
temperatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. restrained; self-controlled; moderate in degree or quality
Bumble sat himself down in the house at which the coach stopped; and took a temperate dinner of steaks, oyster sauce, and porter.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
Dashwood, trusting to the temperate account of her own disappointment which Elinor had sent her, was led away by the exuberance of her joy to think only of what would increase it.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 45
By Jane Austen Context
tenablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of being held, maintained, or defended, as against an assailant or objector, or against attempts to take or process
tenaciousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. sticking together; stubbornly unyielding; holding together firmly
tenuousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. long and thin; slender; having little substance
tiradespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. extended scolding; long angry or violent speech
touchstonespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; excellent quality used to test excellence or genuineness of others
toutspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. advertize in strongly positive terms; praise excessively; show off
unctuousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. oily; composed of oil or fat; characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness
urbanespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. showing a high degree of refinement
usurpspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. seize and hold power or rights of another by force or without legal authority
Her day was divided between us; no amusement usurped a minute: she neglected her meals, her studies, and her play; and she was the fondest nurse that ever watched.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 23
By Emily Bronte Context
vapidspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. dull and unimaginative; lacking taste or flavor
veneratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. treat with great respect and deference; consider hallowed or be in awe of
verisimilitudespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. appearance of truth; probability; likelihood
vernacularspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. everyday speech of people, as distinguished from literary language; natural style; standard native language of a country or locality
vestigespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. trace; remains; indication that something has been happened
I confine myself to throwing out the observation, that, at the hour and place I have indicated, may be found such ruined vestiges as yet.
David Copperfield - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
vexspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. annoy; disturb, especially by minor irritations; be a mystery or bewildering to
I suppose you have had as little to vex you since you came into this house as any creature in the world.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
Aunt Polly was vexed to think she had overlooked that bit of circumstantial evidence, and missed a trick.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 1
By Mark Twain Context
Elizabeth could hardly help laughing at so convenient a proposal; yet was really vexed that her mother should be always giving him such an epithet.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 59
By Jane Austen Context
viablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. practical or workable; capable of maintaining life; capable of continuing effectiveness
vicariousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. acting as substitute; done by deputy; experienced at secondhand
My sister, having so much to do, was going to church vicariously, that is to say, Joe and I were going.
Great Expectations - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
vilifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. debase; degrade; spread negative information about
vindicatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. clear from blame; exonerate; maintain, uphold, or defend
He was anxious, while vindicating himself, to say nothing unkind of the others: but there was only one amongst them whose conduct he could mention without some necessity of defence or palliation.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
virulentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely poisonous or harmful in its effects; bitterly hostile
volatilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. tending to vary often or widely, as in price; inconstant or fickle; tending to violence
wantonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unrestrained; willfully malicious; immoral or unchaste
To have imposed any derogatory work upon him, would have been to inflict a wanton insult on the feelings of a most respectable man.
David Copperfield - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
Do not think yourself excused by any weakness, any natural defect of understanding on her side, in the wanton cruelty so evident on yours.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 44
By Jane Austen Context
wistfulspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. full of wishful yearning or longing; sadly thoughtful
Before quite leaving her he threw upon her face a wistful glance, as if he had misgivings on the generosity of forsaking her thus.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
The dog sat at the bedside: now eyeing his master with a wistful look, and now pricking his ears, and uttering a low growl as some noise in the street, or in the lower part of the house, attracted his attention.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
zealousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. enthusiastic; filled with or motivated by zeal
Every thing that the most zealous affection, the most solicitous care could do to render her comfortable, was the office of each watchful companion, and each found their reward in her bodily ease, and her calmness of spirits.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 46
By Jane Austen Context