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etymologyspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. language study of the origin and history of words
The word Houyhnhnm, in their tongue, signifies a horse, and, in its etymology, the perfection of nature.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 4: CHAPTER III.
The word, which I interpret the flying or floating island, is in the original Laputa, whereof I could never learn the true etymology.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 3: CHAPTER II.
evaluatespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. judge or calculate the quality, importance, amount, or value of something
evaluationspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. making of a judgment about the amount, number, or value of something; assessment
exaggerationspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. act of making something more noticeable than it really is; overstatement
There are virtues which become crimes by exaggeration.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 90. The Meeting.
She was therefore obliged to seek another branch of the subject, and related, with much bitterness of spirit and some exaggeration, the shocking rudeness of Mr. Darcy.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 3
Say whatever your memory suggests is true; but add nothing and exaggerate nothing.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER VIII
examinationspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. formal systematic questioning
n. a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge
Villefort, closely watching his countenance and his lips, awaited the result of the examination.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 94. Maximilian's Avowal.
On closer examination, you detected something in his face that displeased, or rather that failed to please.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVIII
I shall only make one more examination of myself; when I have done that, I shall know pretty certainly when it will be that the horrors of dissolution will begin.
A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen
Get Context   In ACT II
exasperatespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. make someone very annoyed, usually when in difficult situations
Amy spoke bitterly, and turned her back on the exasperating martyr at her feet.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE
These glances frequently exasperated the pride of Danglars, but this evening he took no notice of them.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 65. A Conjugal Scene.
On Monday morning the weather was in that undecided state which is more exasperating than a steady pour.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX
excursionspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. trip; usually short journey made for pleasure
I thought you were for flying off on some excursion.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
The weather was magnificent, and the excursion a treat.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 113. The Past.
Wuthering Heights was the goal of my proposed excursion.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXII
executivespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. someone in a high position, like in business or government, who makes sure that laws or rules are carried out; administrator
Brethren, execute upon him the judgment written.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER III
I am no judge of music, but Mr. Rochester is; and I heard him say her execution was remarkably good.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVI
His letter was soon dispatched; for, though dilatory in undertaking business, he was quick in its execution.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 50
exemptspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. not subject to duty or obligation; with special permission not to do or pay something
She herself was not exempt from internal emotion, and without having done anything wrong, yet fully comprehended that Luigi was right in reproaching her.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 33. Roman Bandits.
exertionspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. use of a lot of mental or physical effort; expenditure of much physical work
I should have considered it as part of my duty, and the exertion would soon have been nothing.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 52
He had performed an act of duty; made an exertion; felt his own strength to do and deny, and was on better terms with himself.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
Morrel was only thirty-one, Barrois was sixty years of age; Morrel was deeply in love, and Barrois was dying with heat and exertion.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 79. The Lemonade.
exhibitspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. show something publicly, make visible or apparent
A concierge waited at the door to exhibit to visitors this monument of curiosity, once a scene of terror.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 113. The Past.
Linton giggled: the first appearance of mirth he had exhibited.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXI
She brought it out from under her apron and exhibited it quite proudly.
The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett
Get Context   In CHAPTER VIII
exhilarationspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. feeling of excitement and happiness
Then he seemed quite inspired, though the burial customs of the ancients, to which the conversation had strayed, might not be considered an exhilarating topic.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER FORTY-THREE
exoticspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. from another part of the world; foreign; strikingly strange or unusual
expandspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. become larger in size or volume; grow stronger; add details
Ere I had finished this reply, my soul began to expand, to exult, with the strangest sense of freedom, of triumph, I ever felt.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER IV
Noirtier made such an effort that his lips expanded into a smile.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 58. M. Noirtier de Villefort.
I like a favorable reception; it expands the countenance, and those around me do not then appear so ugly.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 95. Father and Daughter.
expenditurespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. total amount of money that a government or person spends
I searched, ransacked, counted, calculated a thousand and a thousand times the income and expenditure of the family for three hundred years.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 18. The Treasure.
extendspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. add to something in order to make it bigger or longer
v. reach or continue; stretch something out
But indeed few of them extend even to that length.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 2: CHAPTER VII.
As to Mr. St John, the intimacy which had arisen so naturally and rapidly between me and his sisters did not extend to him.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXX
She returned to the hearth, and frankly extended her hand.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXII
extinguishspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. stop a fire or a light burning; stop or get rid of an idea or feeling
That night a memorable event occurred, due, no doubt, to the imprudence of some servant who had neglected to extinguish the lights.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 33. Roman Bandits.
Franz replied that he had left him at the moment they were about to extinguish the moccoli, and that he had lost sight of him in the Via Macello.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 37. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian.
I hasped the window; I combed his black long hair from his forehead; I tried to close his eyes: to extinguish, if possible, that frightful, life-like gaze of exultation before any one else beheld it.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
fiercespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. physically violent and frightening; extremely severe or violent
It was a very fierce storm; the sea broke strange and dangerous.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 2: CHAPTER I.
His eyes met mine so keen and fierce, I started; and then he seemed to smile.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
It was all right: at present I decidedly preferred these fierce favours to anything more tender.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
fulfillspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. put in effect, fill or meet a want or need
It is important that you should fulfil this mission in person and alone.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 30. The Fifth of September.
I shall do my duty as conscientiously as I can, and fulfil my promise to the dying man.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 26. The Pont du Gard Inn.
The burden must be carried; the want provided for; the suffering endured; the responsibility fulfilled.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVIII
funeralspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. ceremony held in connection with burial; end of existence
I insisted on the funeral being respectable.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVII
The funeral shall be this afternoon, and we will all go.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER ELEVEN
The morning after the funeral Tom took Huck to a private place to have an important talk.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIII
gaugespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. measuring instrument; measure or judge
Incommunicative as he was, some time elapsed before I had an opportunity of gauging his mind.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXX
I thoroughly gauged his disposition from his behaviour, and saw at once it would be folly to attempt humouring him.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIII
gazellespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. small swift graceful antelope of Africa and Asia having large eyes
generosityspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. quality or condition of being generous; quality of being noble
I wonder at the goodness of God; the generosity of my friends; the bounty of my lot.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXI
The beginning of the poem he praised with great generosity: he even found the idea original and effective.
Andersen's Fairy Tales By Hans Christian Andersen
Get Context   In THE SHOES OF FORTUNE
With the rapid instinct of selfishness, Caderousse readily perceived the solidity of this mode of reasoning; he gazed, doubtfully, wistfully, on Danglars, and then caution supplanted generosity.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 5. The Marriage-Feast.
generousspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. willing to give money, help, or kindness, especially more than expected
It was full of the fragrance of new bread and the warmth of a generous fire.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIX
I took leave of my noble protector, who had shown me so much favour, and made me a generous present at my departure.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 3: CHAPTER VII.
The two gentlemen, and some others, were so generous and kind as to furnish me with provisions, and see me on board.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 3: CHAPTER IX.
geologyspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. science which treats the structure and mineral constitution of the globe
gorillaspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a large ape that comes from western Africa
graffitispeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls
gratitudespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. state of being grateful; warm and friendly feeling toward a benefactor; thankfulness
I seemed to penetrate very near a Mighty Spirit; and my soul rushed out in gratitude at His feet.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXV
There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost every attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 6
This benefit conferred gives you an unlimited claim on my gratitude, and a claim, to a certain extent, on my confidence.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIX
guacamolespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a thick mixture of mashed avocado with tomato, onions and other seasonings
harassspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. annoy or trouble someone repeatedly; torment persistently
Dantes observed, however, that Faria, in spite of the relief his society afforded, daily grew sadder; one thought seemed incessantly to harass and distract his mind.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 17. The Abbe's Chamber.
My dear count, you cannot imagine how my mind is harassed.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 54. A Flurry in Stocks.
The hour spent at Millcote was a somewhat harassing one to me.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
herdspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. flock, crowd, group of cattle or other domestic animals
This favourite is hated by the whole herd, and therefore, to protect himself, keeps always near the person of his leader.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 4: CHAPTER VII.
They fled to the other end of the court like a herd of cattle maddened by the gadfly in early summer when the days are at their longest.
The Odyssey By Homer
Get Context   In BOOK XXII
Here in Ithaca he runs even large flocks of goats on the far end of the island, and they are in the charge of excellent goat herds.
The Odyssey By Homer
Get Context   In BOOK XIV
hostelspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. inexpensive supervised lodging, especially for youths on bicycling trips
n. a large house where people can stay free or cheaply
hostilespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. unfriendly and not liking something; showing the disposition of an enemy
The same hostile roof now again rose before me: my prospects were doubtful yet; and I had yet an aching heart.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXI
Franz was too far off to hear what they said; but, without doubt, nothing hostile passed, for he saw Albert disappear arm-in-arm with the peasant girl.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 36. The Carnival at Rome.
By and by they separated into three hostile tribes, and darted upon each other from ambush with dreadful warwhoops, and killed and scalped each other by thousands.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVI
hurricanespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a violent wind that has a circular movement, especially in the West Atlantic Ocean
And now a drenching rain poured down and the rising hurricane drove it in sheets along the ground.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVI
We fought the whole of the livelong day, nor should we ever have left off if Jove had not sent a hurricane to stay us.
The Odyssey By Homer
Get Context   In BOOK XXIV
Then the youth galloped thither with his iron soldiers, broke like a hurricane over the enemy, and beat down all who opposed him.
Grimms' Fairy Tales By The Brothers Grimm
Get Context   In IRON HANS
hydrantspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a discharge pipe with a valve and spout at which water may be drawn from the mains of waterworks; a water plug
hydrophobiaspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a great fear of drinking and water, often a sign of rabies
icebergspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. a large mass of ice floating at sea
He is good and great, but severe; and, for me, cold as an iceberg.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVII
The third showed the pinnacle of an iceberg piercing a polar winter sky: a muster of northern lights reared their dim lances, close serried, along the horizon.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII
identicalspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. duplicate or alike; being the exact same one
I said nothing: I was afraid of occasioning some shock by declaring my identity.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXI
All doubt of his identity was now at an end; his singular host evidently resided at Rome.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 34. The Colosseum.
Let her identity, her connection with yourself, be buried in oblivion: you are bound to impart them to no living being.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVII
identityspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. exact sameness; fact of being who, what a person or thing is; a close similarity
I said nothing: I was afraid of occasioning some shock by declaring my identity.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXI
All doubt of his identity was now at an end; his singular host evidently resided at Rome.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 34. The Colosseum.
Let her identity, her connection with yourself, be buried in oblivion: you are bound to impart them to no living being.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVII
idlespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. given rest and ease; avoiding work or employment; lazy or vain
They were ignorant, idle, and vain.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 37
Miss Ingram, I am sure you will not fail in evincing superiority to idle terrors.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XX
Long, quiet days she spent, not lonely nor idle, for her little world was peopled with imaginary friends, and she was by nature a busy bee.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER FOUR
idolspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. someone who is admired and respected very much
n. image used for worship; image of divinity; false notion or conception
I could not, in those days, see God for His creature: of whom I had made an idol.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
Turning as from a fallen idol, she made other discoveries which rapidly dispelled her romantic illusions.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR
He might have had a monomania on the subject of his departed idol; but on every other point his wits were as sound as mine.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIII
imitatespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. copy the actions, appearance, or speech of; use or follow something from a model
He was soon able to imitate the gait and manner of everyone in the street.
Andersen's Fairy Tales By Hans Christian Andersen
Get Context   In THE SNOW QUEEN
The aperture of the rock had been closed with stones, then this stucco had been applied, and painted to imitate granite.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 24. The Secret Cave.
My servants seem to imitate those you sometimes see in a play, who, because they have only a word or two to say, aquit themselves in the most awkward manner possible.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 54. A Flurry in Stocks.
imitationspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. copying the actions of someone else; emulation
In fact as an imitation of a boy who was a confirmed invalid he was a disgraceful sight.
The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
In educating the youth of both sexes, their method is admirable, and highly deserves our imitation.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 4: CHAPTER VIII.
All the blame of this should have fallen upon Jo, for her naughty imitation had been too lifelike to escape detection, and the frolicsome Lambs had permitted the joke to escape.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
Get Context   In CHAPTER THIRTY
immobilizespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. stabilize; cause to be unable to move
immovablespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. not able or intended to be moved
n. property consisting of houses and land
Perceiving me immovable, she essayed another method of showing her disrelish for her occupation.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
She had some reason to put the question, for shame and pride threw double gloom over his countenance, and kept him immovable.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER VII
Good-natured, confiding, and forgiving as I had been, I became revengeful, cunning, and wicked, or rather, immovable as fate.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 112. The Departure.
impartialspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. fair; showing lack of favoritism
It is impossible for me to be impartial.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 16
But my feelings are not only cordial towards him; they are even impartial towards Miss King.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 26
I did not believe her to be indifferent because I wished it; I believed it on impartial conviction, as truly as I wished it in reason.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 35
implicatespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. show that someone is involved in a crime or partly responsible for something bad
improvisespeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
v. compose, perform, or do something with little or no preparation
incumbentspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
a. imposed as an obligation or duty; currently holding an office
I am but the incumbent of a poor country parish: my aid must be of the humblest sort.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIX
For about three years I heard little of him; but on the decease of the incumbent of the living which had been designed for him, he applied to me again by letter for the presentation.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 35
indecisionspeak speak spelling word quiz spelling 
n. state of being unable to make a choice; a lack of firmness of character or purpose
Whether Noirtier understood the young man's indecision, or whether he had not full confidence in his docility, he looked uneasily at him.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In Chapter 73. The Promise.