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soddenspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. thoroughly soaked; expressionless, stupid, or dull, especially from drink
They became sodden, stupid, ugly or obscene.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLIX
Long lines of soldiers were passing, dust covered, sodden with weariness.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXI
In the middle of it, clearly marked on the sodden soil, was the track of a bicycle.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In V. THE ADVENTURE OF THE PRIORY SCHOOL
solitudespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. state of being alone; seclusion; lonely or secluded place
At these moments I took refuge in the most perfect solitude.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 18
They are dead, and but one feeling in such a solitude can persuade me to preserve my life.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 24
Having parted from my friend, I determined to visit some remote spot of Scotland and finish my work in solitude.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 19
solventspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. able to pay all debts; capable of meeting financial obligations
The opinion of all the commercial men was that, under the reverses which had successively weighed down Morrel, it was impossible for him to remain solvent.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 30. The Fifth of September.
somberspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. gloomy; depressing or grave; dull or dark in color
When he came into the parlor, his eyes were somber.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XV
His face was quiet, almost somber, and there was no mocking in his eyes.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIV
These twin lines of somber trees were his, his the abandoned lawn, waist high in weeds under white-starred young magnolia trees.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER III
spasmspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. involuntary and unnatural contraction of one or more muscles or muscular fibers
That bloodless lip quivered to a temporary spasm.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXV
Danglars felt a dreadful spasm dart through his heart.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 116. The Pardon.
A sudden and horrible spasm of fear had come over him.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 18
spontaneousspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. arising without external cause; growing without cultivation or human labor
Everything about him was warm and spontaneous.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Get Context   In BOOK 1. The Shimerdas: XV
On the contrary, he was burningly, poignantly grateful for a piece of natural, spontaneous kindness: almost to tears.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 3
It seems, on the contrary, to have been a perfectly spontaneous, untaught feeling on his side, and this surprises me.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 20
squanderspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. spend wastefully; fail to take advantage of; lose a chance for
You, for example, May, you squander half your force with women.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 4
He squandered too much in the heat of personal communication.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Get Context   In BOOK 3. Lena Lingard: I
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 By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER LI
stabilityspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. the quality or state of something that is not easily changed or likely to change
Here was something of stability, thought Scarlett, something of the old life that was unchanging.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
But now all desire for change had vanished, and the sight of the little enclosure gave him a warm sense of continuance and stability.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In II
It was an age when what we call talent had far less consideration than now, but the massive materials which produce stability and dignity of character a great deal more.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XXII. THE PROCESSION
stancespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. attitude or position of a standing person or animal; posture; mental posture; point of view
sterilespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. barren; infertile; incapable of reproducing; free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms
To the sterile winter air the wood gave a scent of March sap.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVI
And your nasty, sterile want of common sympathy is in the worst taste imaginable.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 13
The bitter waters of life surged high about him, their sterile taste was on his lips.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 14
stigmaspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. symbol of disgrace; small mark, as scar or birthmark; mark made with red-hot iron
Do not return to your families with the stigma of disgrace marked on your brows.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 24
The stigma gone, Hester heaved a long, deep sigh, in which the burden of shame and anguish departed from her spirit.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XVIII. A FLOOD OF SUNSHINE
Others contended that the stigma had not been produced until a long time subsequent, when old Roger Chillingworth, being a potent necromancer, had caused it to appear, through the agency of magic and poisonous drugs.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XXIV. CONCLUSION
stimulatespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. encourage; motivate; arouse; spur; excite or invigorate with a stimulant
They stimulate him to greater watchfulness, and enhance his power to capture his slave.
The Narrative of the Life By Frederick Douglass
Get Context   In CHAPTER XI
And she used all her aroused cheerfulness and satisfaction to stimulate Clifford, so that he wrote his best at this time, and was almost happy in his strange blind way.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 3
But there was something stimulating about him, something warm and vital and electric.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER IX
stolidspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. dull; impassive; having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
The regiment fell back to the stolid trees.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 20
But so few of these stolid worlds wanted to be moved.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER I
The guns, stolid and undaunted, spoke with dogged valor.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 6
stupefyspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. make senseless or dizzy; be mystery or bewildering to
He was stupefied with happiness.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 4: Chapter 13
The maid, stupefied, carries in their messages.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 2: Chapter 5
The arguments, and his audacity, perfectly stupefied me.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 44. The Vendetta.
stuporspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. state of reduced or suspended sensibility; daze; lack of awareness
A kind of pleasant stupor was stealing over me as I sat by the genial fire.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVIII
She lay in that heavy stupor, alike unconscious of hope and joy, doubt and danger.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
It would be difficult to describe the state of stupor in which Villefort left the Palais.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 111. Expiation.
suavespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication; having a sophisticated charm
There was a suave, almost teasing note in his voice and she took heart.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
She had been attracted only by hands that were fine and suave, like those of her father.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIX
He looked as if he were enjoying himself and when he spoke there was suave brutality in his voice.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
subsidespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. settle down; sink to a lower level or form depression; wear off or die down
Then these agonies began swiftly to subside, and I came to myself as if out of a great sickness.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson
Get Context   In CHAPTER HENRY JEKYLL'S FULL STATEMENT OF THE CASE
A moment was allowed for the first thrill to subside, then Hugo, the villain, stalked in with a clanking sword at his side, a slouching hat, black beard, mysterious cloak, and the boots.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER TWO
Mr. Bhaer stood by, watching her blush and blunder, and as he watched, his own bewilderment seemed to subside, for he was beginning to see that on some occasions, women, like dreams, go by contraries.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER FORTY-SIX
sundryspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. various; miscellaneous; separate; distinct; diverse
Her woolly hair was braided in sundry little tails, which stuck out in every direction.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Get Context   In CHAPTER XX
Mr. Haley pulled out of his pocket sundry newspapers, and began looking over their advertisements, with absorbed interest.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Get Context   In CHAPTER XII
Into this twilight apartment sundry nimble hands keep coiling away the long blanket-piece as if it were a great live mass of plaited serpents.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 67. Cutting In.
superimposespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. place over something else; place on top of
superlativespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. an exaggerated expression, usually of praise; the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
Their table was superlatively stupid.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 29
Or, if for any reason thought to be corporeally incapacitated for that, yet such an one would seem superlatively competent to cheer and howl on his underlings to the attack.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 41. Moby Dick.
But the housekeeper had served Sir Geoffrey for many years, and the dried-up, elderly, superlatively correct female you could hardly call her a parlour-maid, or even a woman.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 2
surreptitiousspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. secret; done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently
The couple seated themselves on the opposite side, and intently but surreptitiously scrutinized her clothes.
Anna Karenina(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 7: Chapter 31
And the fingers of William's left hand closed firmly, surreptitiously, as the hero approached.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 8
But it was the part she did not read that tormented Scarlett, that drove her to surreptitious reading of her sister-in-law's mail.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XI
symmetryspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. arrangement of parts so that balance is obtained; congruity
There was a glamor to it, a perfection and a completeness and a symmetry to it like Grecian art.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXI
But an inner strenuousness was preying upon an outer symmetry, and they rated his look as singular.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 2: 6 The Two Stand Face to Face
There was a fecklessness, a lack of symmetry and order in the clouds, as they thinned and thickened.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 1
syntheticspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. artificial; involving or of the nature of synthesis as opposed to analysis
tabulatespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. arrange or enter in tabular form; shape or cut with a flat surface
taintspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. contaminate; cause to lose purity; affect with or as if with a disease; corrupt morally
The gloomy taint that was in the Murdstone blood, darkened the Murdstone religion, which was austere and wrathful.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 4. I FALL INTO DISGRACE
Bounderby and Gradgrind now walked, was a triumph of fact; it had no greater taint of fancy in it than Mrs. Gradgrind herself.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER V
The atmosphere seemed tainted with the smell of coffins.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER V
tangentspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. ratio of the opposite to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle
Please stop flying off at tangents, Carrie.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIV
tantalizespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. tease; torture with disappointment; bait someone by showing something desirable but leaving them unsatisfied
Steerforth was considerate, too; and showed his consideration, in one particular instance, in an unflinching manner that was a little tantalizing, I suspect, to poor Traddles and the rest.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 7. MY 'FIRST HALF' AT SALEM HOUSE
Gently he insinuates his vast bulk among them again and revels there awhile, still in tantalizing vicinity to young Lothario, like pious Solomon devoutly worshipping among his thousand concubines.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 88. Schools and Schoolmasters.
"Soon's Ah kick dis black trash outer mah way," answered Mammy loudly, swinging the carpetbag at a black buck who loitered tantalizingly in front of her and making him leap aside.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIII
tartspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a species of small open pie, or piece of pastry, containing jelly or conserve; a sort of fruit pie
He wondered why she sounded tart.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXI
Smoke became tart on the roof of her mouth.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 12
I closed the book, which I dared no longer peruse, and put it on the table, beside the untasted tart.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER III
tawdryspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. cheap in nature or appearance; tastelessly showy; shameful or indecent
A pitiful and tawdry love-affair.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXX
She pitied herself that her romance should be pitiful; she sighed that in this colorless hour, to this austere self, it should seem tawdry.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXX
In the cold slant of light reflected from the back wall of a neighbouring building, she saw her evening dress and opera cloak lying in a tawdry heap on a chair.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 15
temperatespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. restrained; self-controlled; moderate in degree or quality
The count was, it may be remembered, a most temperate guest.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 40. The Breakfast.
I had thought, now, that at your temperate North the generations were cold and holy as the hills.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 54. The Town-Ho's Story.
Mr. St. Clair is now thirty-seven years of age, is a man of temperate habits, a good husband, a very affectionate father, and a man who is popular with all who know him.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VI. THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP
theoremspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. an idea accepted as a demonstrable truth; a proposition deducible from basic postulates
tierspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a relative position or degree of value in a graded group; one of two or more layers one atop another
The cells were in tiers, opening upon galleries.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 16
Old London Bridge was soon passed, and old Billingsgate Market with its oyster-boats and Dutchmen, and the White Tower and Traitor's Gate, and we were in among the tiers of shipping.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter LIV
The latter looked out with three tiers of vacant melancholy windows, which were blank and dreary, save that here and there a "To Let" card had developed like a cataract upon the bleared panes.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART I: CHAPTER III. THE LAURISTON GARDEN MYSTERY
timelyspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. being or occurring in good time; sufficiently early; seasonable
This momentous pocket-book was a timely reminder to him of another transaction.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 57. THE EMIGRANTS
By her next speech, Jo deprived herself of several years of pleasure, and received a timely lesson in the art of holding her tongue.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE
The boy grew more daring, and Mrs. Pontellier might have found herself, in a little while, listening to a highly colored story but for the timely appearance of Madame Lebrun.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Get Context   In XX
tiradespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. extended scolding; long angry or violent speech
'It's not of him I want to hear; I've heard enough of him,' said the stranger, stopping Mr. Bumble in the outset of a tirade on the subject of poor Oliver's vices.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVII
tolerablespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. capable of being borne or endured; supportable, either physically or mentally.
I am a wretched being, cut off from everything that makes life tolerable.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 49. I AM INVOLVED IN MYSTERY
The Dashwoods were now settled at Barton with tolerable comfort to themselves.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 9
How Wickham and Lydia were to be supported in tolerable independence, she could not imagine.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 50
torridspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. passionate; hot or scorching; hurried or rapid
He had detected the latent sensuality, which unfolded under his delicate sense of her nature's requirements like a torpid, torrid, sensitive blossom.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Get Context   In XXXV
torsospeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. body excluding head and neck and limbs
His thickset torso was supported by short sturdy legs, always incased in the finest leather boots procurable and always planted wide apart like a swaggering small boy's.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER II
toutspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. advertize in strongly positive terms; praise excessively; show off
But the matter is of such importance, that one must passer pardessus toutes ces finesses de sentiment.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 6: Chapter 21
transcribespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. copy; write over again in same words
From this point onward I will follow the course of events by transcribing my own letters to Mr. Sherlock Holmes which lie before me on the table.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle
Get Context   In Chapter 8. First Report of Dr. Watson
transposespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. substitute one for the other of; reverse or transfer order or place of; interchange
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
tributaryspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. branch that flows into the main stream; tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
She might be firm, but only by relationship, and in an inferior and tributary degree.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 4. I FALL INTO DISGRACE
Entering at the open door of one of these, and releasing my arm, she beckoned me to follow her up the common staircase, which was like a tributary channel to the street.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 50. Mr. PEGGOTTY'S DREAM COMES TRUE
It was the sterile and rugged district which separates the tributaries of Champlain from those of the Hudson, the Mohawk, and the St. Lawrence.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 21
tumultspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. noise, as made by a crowd; riot or uprising
A dusky tumult would flap its wings from one house to another.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XII. THE MINISTER'S VIGIL
Frankenstein, who was dozing, awoke and asked the cause of the tumult.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 24
The tumult of cessation from lessons was already breaking forth, but it sank at her voice.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER V
ultimatespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. final; being the last or concluding; fundamental; elemental; extreme
Confidence in ultimate victory never wavered.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVI
She shared her ultimate nakedness with a man, another being.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 16
Her need of money was too pressing, too desperate, for her to bother about his ultimate fate.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIII
ultimatumspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. last offer; final statement of terms made by one party to another
uncouthspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
He was a little wild, uncouth and proud.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 17
He was an uncouth man, but deeply imbued in the secrets of his science.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 3
He ate in a ravenous way that was very disagreeable, and all his actions were uncouth, noisy, and greedy.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XL
unerringspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. not liable to error; always right or accurate
The wise, unerring Faria could not be mistaken in this one thing.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 23. The Island of Monte Cristo.
In our councils of war before Troy he was always first to speak, and his judgement was unerring.
The Odyssey By Homer
Get Context   In BOOK XI
The unerring feeling of nature for a moment prevailed and the old warrior hid his eyes in sorrow.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 27
unkemptspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. untidy; dirty; uncared for in appearance
She did not feel exalted, but unkempt and furious.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XX
But it looked forlorn and unkempt under the gray sky.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
Collar and shirt bore the grime of a long journey, and the hair bristled unkempt from the well-shaped head.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In V. THE ADVENTURE OF THE PRIORY SCHOOL
usagespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. the act of using; accepted or habitual practice; the customary manner in which a language is spoken or written
Long usage had, for this Stubb, converted the jaws of death into an easy chair.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 27. Knights and Squires.
But now, after such dishonorable usage, who can tell what were his designs on her.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 31
He was a native of Cape Cod; and hence, according to local usage, was called a Cape-Cod-man.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 27. Knights and Squires.
usurpspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. seize and hold power or rights of another by force or without legal authority
This usurpation, it is well known, he afterwards effected.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER VII
And here be it said, that the Greenland whale is an usurper upon the throne of the seas.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
Sire, the usurper is arming three ships, he meditates some project, which, however mad, is yet, perhaps, terrible.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 10. The King's Closet at the Tuileries.
variablespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. factor; something that is likely to vary; changeable; inconstant
Certainly the weather was variable.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 1
The light but variable breeze, foretold by the weather expert, flapped the yellow curtain, tossing light, then shadow.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 1
They were bringing up nets full of fish from the sea; but Isa was seeing--the garden, variable as the forecast said, in the light breeze.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf
Get Context   In Unit 2
veneratespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. treat with great respect and deference; consider hallowed or be in awe of
A good evening to you, venerable Father Wilson.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XII. THE MINISTER'S VIGIL
Our venerable instructor was a great deal older, and not improved in appearance.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 61. I AM SHOWN TWO INTERESTING PENITENTS
Nothing could exceed the love and respect which the younger cottagers exhibited towards their venerable companion.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 12
vestigespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. trace; remains; indication that something has been happened
I have not yet seen the vestige of a clue.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VII. The Adventure of The Reigate Squires
And the little people displayed no vestige of a creative tendency.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Get Context   In V
He sprang round, and I could see in the gas-light that every vestige of colour had been driven from his face.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE
vexspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. annoy; disturb, especially by minor irritations; be a mystery or bewildering to
Hereafter, we must be cautious how we vex her.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XII
Ah, yes, I hear these naughty ones go to vex you, Mees Marsch.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE
She is the best friend I have, and that is why I mind having to vex her.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 7
vigilspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe; a period of sleeplessness
It was a most melancholy vigil and ended by each of us falling asleep in our chairs.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle
Get Context   In Chapter 9. The Light upon the Moor [Second Report of Dr. ...
So this was the explanation of the unlocked door and of the nocturnal vigil of Milverton.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VII. THE ADVENTURE OF CHARLES AUGUSTUS MILVERTON
About noon he went to the police station to make inquiries, and then came back again for another anxious vigil.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 15
vigilantspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. attentive to discover and avoid danger, or to provide for safety; wakeful; watchful; circumspect; wary
But the watchfulness of these vigilant protectors neither tired nor slumbered.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 7
But the wary and vigilant leader of the Hurons was not so easily disconcerted.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 12
Not a single indication of the future intentions of his hosts, however, escaped his vigilant eyes.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 28
vilifyspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. debase; degrade; spread negative information about
visualizespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. make visual, or visible; see in fancy; form a mental image of
Behind the mask of winter-stripped vines and a wide porch only a foot above the ground, the cottage was so impersonal that Carol could never visualize it.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XI
A curious and most puzzling question might be started concerning this visual matter as touching the Leviathan.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 74. The Sperm Whale's Head—Contrasted View.
Despite all Frank had told her about the town burning to the ground, she had never really visualized complete destruction.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIII
vitalityspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. energetic style; being able to survive and grow; capacity to live, grow, or develop
They seem to radiate a force and vitality that made her feel smaller and weaker even than she was.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LVII
The intense vitality that had been so remarkable in the garage was converted into impressive hauteur.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 2
He took her arm in a strong grasp and some of the vitality which animated him seemed to flow into her body.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIII
volatilespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. tending to vary often or widely, as in price; inconstant or fickle; tending to violence
Her volatile spirits shot up from deepest depression to excited happiness.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER IV
Raymond is a witness what ginger and sal volatile I am obliged to take in the night.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XI
In the universal decay this volatile substance had chanced to survive, perhaps through many thousands of centuries.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Get Context   In VIII
waifspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. homeless person, especially orphaned child; abandoned young animal
And they had fed and clothed any number of waifs who slept in their cellar.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LVII
Gradually their talk died out and drowsiness began to steal upon the eyelids of the little waifs.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII
The Elder to whose care the two waifs had been committed, led them to his waggon, where a meal was already awaiting them.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART II: CHAPTER I. ON THE GREAT ALKALI PLAIN
wanspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. having a pale or sickly color; unnaturally pale, as from physical or emotional distress
Her wan, scornful mouth smiled and so I drew her up again, closer, this time to my face.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 4
There was a very dirty lady in his little room, and two wan girls, his daughters, with shock heads of hair.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 11. I BEGIN LIFE ON MY OWN ACCOUNT, AND DON'T LIK...
Her grey sun-strained eyes looked back at me with polite reciprocal curiosity out of a wan, charming discontented face.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 1
wantonspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
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 By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 21. LITTLE EM'LY
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 By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 44
They felt it might be a being partially benighted in the vale of ignorance, but it could not be one who would willingly devote his rich natural gifts to the purposes of wanton treachery.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 6
wendspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. go in a specified direction, typically slowly or by an indirect route
And she bade the Welshman wend his way.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER XL
We entered the wood, and wended homeward.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVII
The youth wended, feeling that Nature was of his mind.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 7
whetspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. sharpen, as knife; make more keen; stimulate
I knew the steely ire I had whetted.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXV
The poor morsel of food only whetted desire.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXI
He glanced at the sky in the interval for whetting the scythes.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 3: Chapter 4
wistfulspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. full of wishful yearning or longing; sadly thoughtful
She looked so lovely and warm and wistful, his bowels stirred towards her.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 18
I ordered him to set me down, and lifting up one of my sashes, cast many a wistful melancholy look towards the sea.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 2: CHAPTER VIII.
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 By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 4: 6 A Conjuncture, and Its Result upon the Pedestrian
zealousspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. enthusiastic; filled with or motivated by zeal
Nor was Eva less zealous in kind offices, in return.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXII
Sam was there new oiled from dinner, with an abundance of zealous and ready officiousness.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Get Context   In CHAPTER VII
Lady Russell was most anxiously zealous on the subject, and gave it much serious consideration.
Persuasion By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 2