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chronicspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. lasting for long period; marked by frequent recurrence, as certain diseases
The dreadful secret of the murder was a chronic misery.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXII
I lived in a state of chronic uneasiness respecting my behavior to Joe.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XXXIV
It was clear to me at a glance that he was in the grip of some deadly and chronic disease.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In IV. THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY
circumspectspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. carefully aware of all circumstances; cautious
The conduct of a widow must be twice as circumspect as that of a matron.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER VII
We must not expect a lively young man to be always so guarded and circumspect.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 24
For as the swift monster drags you deeper and deeper into the frantic shoal, you bid adieu to circumspect life and only exist in a delirious throb.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 87. The Grand Armada.
clarionspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a shrill, narrow-tubed war trumpet; a medieval brass instrument with a clear shrill tone
Now ringen trumpets loud and clarion.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER XII
clemencyspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
But, morning once more brightened my view, and I extended my clemency to Biddy, and we dropped the subject.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XIX
Do not you recollect, I came about six weeks ago to plead for clemency, as I come to-day to plead for justice.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 13. The Hundred Days.
Oh, Frankenstein, be not equitable to every other and trample upon me alone, to whom thy justice, and even thy clemency and affection, is most due.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 10
clientelespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. clients of professional person; body of customers or patrons
cognizantspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception
They seemed cognizant of his meaning.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 11
The day came when his pale blue eyes, perfectly cognizant of his surroundings, fell upon Carreen sitting beside him, telling her rosary beads, the morning sun shining through her fair hair.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXX
On his right arm was a silver plate, which, instead of bearing, as usual, the cognizance or badge of the baron to whose family he belonged, had barely the word SHERWOOD engraved upon it.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLIII
colleaguespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. fellow worker; associate; co-worker
My colleague, Mr. Lestrade, is here.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART I: CHAPTER III. THE LAURISTON GARDEN MYSTERY
This professor was very unlike his colleague.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 3
He is, doubtless, come to prove the perfect innocence of our colleague.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 86. The Trial.
collegiatespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. of or resembling or typical of a college or college students
communicablespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. capable of being transmitted by infection, especially for disease; readily communicated
Your secret is safe with me; but pardon me if I express some surprise at so unnecessary a communication.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 22
I shall commit my thoughts to paper, it is true; but that is a poor medium for the communication of feeling.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Letter 2
Between THEM no subject is finished, no communication is even made, till it has been made at least twenty times over.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 49
complicityspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. participation; involvement as partner or accomplice, especially in crime or other wrongdoing
He and Mr. Elsing are under arrest for complicity in a Klan raid at Shantytown tonight.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLV
She felt that it was too simple a solution of too complicated a problem.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 6: Chapter 23
Altogether there were a great many most complicated matters to be considered and arranged.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 5: Chapter 2
componentspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. element; ingredient; abstract part of something
But, she had scarcely thought more of separating them into units, than of separating the sea itself into its component drops.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In BOOK 2: CHAPTER VI
Mary was not so repulsive and unsisterly as Elizabeth, nor so inaccessible to all influence of hers; neither was there anything among the other component parts of the cottage inimical to comfort.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 6
compressionspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. applying pressure; encoding information while reducing the bandwidth or bits required
Danglars felt the irony and compressed his lips.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 46. Unlimited Credit.
His lips were sternly compressed, and his eyes looked away from her.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 2: Chapter 9
But the elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain
Get Context   In CHAPTER VIII
conceptspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. something formed in the mind; thought or notion
I had no conception that vessels ever came so far north and was astounded at the sight.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 24
I traversed the streets without any clear conception of where I was or what I was doing.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 5
would indeed find it difficult to form the faintest conception of my heart-rending situation.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 49. I AM INVOLVED IN MYSTERY
conclusivespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. decisive or convincing; achieved easily or by a large margin
Nothing could be more conclusive.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In II. The Adventure of the Cardboard Box
It is, nevertheless, conclusive to my mind.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 57. In the Lucerne Patch.
The conference was neither so short nor so conclusive as the lady had designed.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIII
concordspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. agreement of opinions; harmonious state of things
Happily for the success of this delicate adventure, he had to deal with ears but little practised in the concord of sweet sounds, or the miserable effort would infallibly have been detected.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 26
concurrencespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a state of cooperation; agreement of results or opinions; acting together
The matron expressed her entire concurrence in this intelligible simile; and the beadle went on.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIII
Uriah, with his long hands slowly twining over one another, made a ghastly writhe from the waist upwards, to express his concurrence in this estimation of me.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 17. SOMEBODY TURNS UP
Lady Bertram made no objection; and every one concerned in the going was forward in expressing their ready concurrence, excepting Edmund, who heard it all and said nothing.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER VI
concurrentspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. simultaneous; coincident; occurring or operating at the same time
The matron expressed her entire concurrence in this intelligible simile; and the beadle went on.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIII
Uriah, with his long hands slowly twining over one another, made a ghastly writhe from the waist upwards, to express his concurrence in this estimation of me.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 17. SOMEBODY TURNS UP
Lady Bertram made no objection; and every one concerned in the going was forward in expressing their ready concurrence, excepting Edmund, who heard it all and said nothing.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER VI
condonespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
A woman of Spanish blood does not condone such an injury so lightly.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle
Get Context   In Chapter 15. A Retrospection
Still I recognized that justice must be done, and that the depravity of the victim was no condonment in the eyes of the law.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART I: CHAPTER V. OUR ADVERTISEMENT BRINGS A VISITOR
confoundspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. cause to become confused or perplexed; fail to distinguish; mix up
You must not confound my meaning.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 17
No, no, my dear fellow, do not confound our plans.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 39. The Guests.
It is a mistake to confound strangeness with mystery.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART I: CHAPTER VII. LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
conjurespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. call on or summon by sacred name or in solemn manner; implore earnestly; practice magical arts
He could conjure up nothing of sufficient point.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 15
But until then, I conjure you, do not mention or allude to it.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 22
I conjure you by everything you hold dear to answer a few questions.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART II: CHAPTER V. THE AVENGING ANGELS
consecratespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. appoint to a clerical posts; dedicate to a deity by a vow; render holy by means of religious rites
Chase away your idle fears; to you alone do I consecrate my life and my endeavours for contentment.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 22
What we did had a consecration of its own.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XVII. THE PASTOR AND HIS PARISHIONER
And the day and the strength were consecrated to labor, and that labor was its own reward.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 3: Chapter 12
consulspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a diplomat appointed by a government to protect its commercial interests and help its citizens in a foreign country
consultantspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. an expert who gives advice
He is a lecturer and a consultant, but he does not care for general practice, which distracts him from his literary work.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In XI. THE ADVENTURE OF THE MISSING THREE-QUARTER
The sisters were having a consultation about nursing when Anna called.
Anna Karenina(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 7: Chapter 28
The two notaries were holding a consultation as to the best means of proceeding with the affair.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 59. The Will.
contemptuousspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. scornful; expressing contempt; showing a lack of respect
She saw in this a contemptuous reference to her occupations.
Anna Karenina(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 7: Chapter 23
Casting contemptuous glances at them, Scarlett thought that they looked like a clump of fat crows.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER VI
But for this prince he was an inferior, and his contemptuous and indulgent attitude to him revolted him.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 4: Chapter 1
contentiousspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. quarrelsome; disagreeable; marked by heated arguments or controversy
continuancespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. an activity without interruption; the period of time during which something continues
She had gambled on the continuance of the Bullock regime and she had lost.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LVIII
He promised a continuance of his favors, and admonished them to be grateful.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 27
A continuance in a place where everything reminded her of former delight, was exactly what suited her mind.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 2
contradictoryspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. nature of, or being a contradiction; mutually exclusive; opposing
You have asserted nothing contradictory to what Mr Elliot appeared to be some years ago.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 21
Her face was captivating by reason of a certain frankness of expression and a contradictory subtle play of features.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Get Context   In II
By late afternoon the first news came, but it was uncertain, contradictory, frightening, brought as it was by men wounded in the early hours of the battle.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVIII
conveyancespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. act of conveying; tools of conveying, especially vehicle for transportation
In the evening I started, by that conveyance, down the road I had traversed under so many vicissitudes.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 55. TEMPEST
I was at the coach office to take leave of her and see her go; and there was he, returning to Canterbury by the same conveyance.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 26. I FALL INTO CAPTIVITY
I was once acquainted with him, Aunt, and when I saw him today I thought I should prefer his van to any conveyance of a stranger.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 1: 4 The Halt on the Turnpike Road
convivialspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. festive; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
Mr. Micawber was uncommonly convivial.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 17. SOMEBODY TURNS UP
It is a most refreshing, convivial, beautiful object to behold.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 94. A Squeeze of the Hand.
As the punch disappeared, Mr. Micawber became still more friendly and convivial.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 17. SOMEBODY TURNS UP
convulsionspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. unnatural and violent contraction of the muscular parts of an animal body; any violent and irregular motion or agitation; violent shaking; tumult
A violent convulsion attacked the old man.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 19. The Third Attack.
I know it is ignoble: a mere fever of the flesh: not, I declare, the convulsion of the soul.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXII
Again the shiver went through him, like a convulsion, and she laid her arm round his shoulder.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 19
cosmicspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. pertaining to the universe; vast
If we're all the raw stuff of the cosmic effects, one would rather be the fire that tempers a sword than the fish that dyes a purple cloak.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 6
covertspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. secretive; not openly acknowledged or displayed
It seemed a rustling covert leading to enchanted glades.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In V
As we sat at the table, Otto Fuchs and I kept stealing covert glances at each other.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Get Context   In BOOK 1. The Shimerdas: II
A thick wood skirted the meadow-land in another direction; but they could not have gained that covert for the same reason.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXV
credentialsspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
creditorspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a person to whom money is owed by a debtor; someone to whom an obligation exists
He looked like a man who had never cringed and never had had a creditor.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 10. A Bosom Friend.
My worldly affairs began to wear a gloomy appearance, and I was pressed for money by more than one creditor.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XLVII
It is a great mistake to suppose that a woman with no heart will be an easy creditor in the exchange of affection.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Get Context   In CHAPTER XV
crucialspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis; of the greatest importance
Those are the crucial points upon which the case depends.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In IV. THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY
This speech was one of the crucial blows of Connie's life.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 5
It was noticed that they were especially liable to break into "Four legs good, two legs bad" at crucial moments in Snowball's speeches.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Get Context   In Chapter V
cryptspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber, especially beneath a church
The two coffins were placed on trestles previously prepared for their reception in the right-hand crypt belonging to the Saint-Meran family.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 74. The Villefort Family Vault.
"There," said the sentinel, pointing over his shoulder to a spacious crypt, hollowed out of the rock, the lights from which shone into the passage through the large arched openings.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 114. Peppino.
culminatespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. reach the highest or most decisive point; rise to summit
Those are the antecedents, and the culmination.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER IV
It was like bells rippling up and up to a culmination.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 10
It was as though all the weariness of the past months had culminated in the vacuity of that interminable evening.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 9
cumulativespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. increasing by successive addition
Their cumulative effect is certainly considerable, and yet each of them is quite possible in itself.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In XII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE ABBEY GRANGE
The beaming sight, and the penetrating warmth, seemed to breed in him a cumulative cheerfulness, which soon amounted to delight.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 1: 3 The Custom of the Country
curtailspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. cut short or reduce; cut off end or tail, or any part
You have only knowledge enough of the language to translate at sight these inverted, transposed, curtailed Italian lines, into clear, comprehensible, elegant English.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 20
curvaturespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. the rate of change at a point of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curve; a curving or bending, often abnormal
Her hind-quarters were a little drooping, and in her fore-legs, and still more in her hind-legs, there was a noticeable curvature.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 2: Chapter 21
cynicspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a person who believes that people are motivated purely by self-interest rather than acting for honorable or unselfish reasons
The undergraduate nodded in a cynical, melancholy way.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 3
In those cynical words there was indeed a grain of truth.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 6: Chapter 16
She was cynical about the joys of a simple laborious life.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
cynicalspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. skeptical of motives of others; selfishly calculating; negative or pessimistic
The undergraduate nodded in a cynical, melancholy way.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 3
In those cynical words there was indeed a grain of truth.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 6: Chapter 16
She was cynical about the joys of a simple laborious life.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
dauntspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. frighten; abate the courage of; discourage
With St. Paul, I acknowledge myself the chiefest of sinners; but I do not suffer this sense of my personal vileness to daunt me.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
It was a girl, and not to be daunted.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 10
The lion was daunted; the avenger was conquered.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 89. A Nocturnal Interview.
dearthspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops
He had little to bite and to break, and once when great dearth fell on the land, he could no longer procure even daily bread.
Grimms' Fairy Tales By The Brothers Grimm
Get Context   In HANSEL AND GRETEL
debitspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. an accounting entry acknowledging sums that are owing
debutantespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. young woman making formal entrance into society
It is the Lady Eva Blackwell, the most beautiful debutante of last season.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VII. THE ADVENTURE OF CHARLES AUGUSTUS MILVERTON
decorousspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. according with propriety, dignity, good taste in manners and conduct
Then there would have been a decorous interval of a year or at least six months.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER VII
Under the arbor sat the married women, their dark dresses decorous notes in the surrounding color and gaiety.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER VI
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 By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER I
defaultspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. failure to act; an option that is selected automatically
I assented to this proposal, in default of being able to suggest anything else.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 19. I LOOK ABOUT ME, AND MAKE A DISCOVERY
They have been in her family as servants; and, in default of any other school to receive them, she has, in many cases, had them instructed in a family school, with her own children.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLV
Somebody broke down in a piece of knitting, and no one but Sophy was able to put the defaulter in the right direction.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 59. RETURN
deferencespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect
So, in deference to public opinion, he skipped all mention of Purgatory.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XL
The clerks and copyists all rose, greeting him with good-humored deference.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 1: Chapter 5
The fact is, that you were sick of civility, of deference, of officious attention.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 60
deficientspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. inadequate; lacking an essential quality or element
You are extremely deficient in your facts.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER XIV
Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 4
Though deficient in neither of these qualities, he had met an enemy every way his equal.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 7
defilespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. pollute; make dirty or spotty
He had now come to the mouth of the very defile in which he had left them.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART II: CHAPTER V. THE AVENGING ANGELS
To the south stretched the defile, or rather broken plain, so often mentioned.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 14
He drew up his pistol, examined it, pointed it towards that point in the defile where the first man would appear.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVII
definitivespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. final; complete; precisely defined or explicit
The public had definitely expressed its desire.
Anna Karenina(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 8: Chapter 1
This definitely expressed purpose astonished Levin.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 5: Chapter 1
The mantle of spinsterhood was definitely on her shoulders now.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLI
deflationspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a contraction of economic activity resulting in a decline of prices; the act of letting the air out of something
In fact, Mammy had spent her time deflating her conceit.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER VIII
deftspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. quick and skillful; neat in action or performance
She was very deft, with a soft, lingering touch, a little slow.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 9
Making a short deft movement Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 2
He was beside her quickly and his deft fingers untied the wide bow under her chin.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII
deityspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. god; divinity; supernatural things
As is usual with bright natures, the deity that lies ignominiously chained within an ephemeral human carcase shone out of him like a ray.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 2: 6 The Two Stand Face to Face
He swore by all possible deities.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 19
In a dim light, and with a slight rearrangement of her hair, her general figure might have stood for that of either of the higher female deities.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 1: 7 Queen of Night
delineatespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out
Such unaccountable masses of shades and shadows, that at first you almost thought some ambitious young artist, in the time of the New England hags, had endeavored to delineate chaos bewitched.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 3. The Spouter-Inn.
Then he delineated a long and painful path, amid rocks and water-courses.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 19
In some instances, to the quick, observant eye, those linear marks, as in a veritable engraving, but afford the ground for far other delineations.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 68. The Blanket.
delvespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. dig ground, as with spade; search deeply and laboriously
Digging and delving we break with the share of the plough the clod.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 9
Digging and delving, ploughing and sowing they were singing, but the wind blew their words away.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 9
And, after many, many years, a new grave was delved, near an old and sunken one, in that burial-ground beside which King's Chapel has since been built.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XXIV. CONCLUSION
dementedspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. insane; mad; of unsound mind; mentally ill
He will think I am demented, no doubt.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Get Context   In XXVI
The lake there is eight feet deep, and you can imagine our feelings when we saw that the trail of the poor demented girl came to an end at the edge of it.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VI. The Adventure of The Musgrave Ritual
"I've heard she's partially demented," said Arobin.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Get Context   In XXVII
demolitionspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. act of overthrowing, pulling down, or destroying
demoralizespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; lower someone's spirits; make downhearted; confuse or put into disorder
But with all their best efforts, the packers were demoralized.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 26
Now, the sight of so many buildings and people completed Prissy's demoralization.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER VIII
demurespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. modest and reserved in manner or behavior
She went downstairs calmly, with her old demure bearing, at dinner-time.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 13
Her hair was demure, low on her forehead with a parting and a coiled braid.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER IV
Again, another reminded her of children at play, and still another of nothing on earth but a demure lady stroking a cat.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Get Context   In IX
denigratespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade