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principalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. highest in rank, authority, importance, or degree
Chitling was considerably roused, hastened to assure him that nobody was laughing; and to prove the gravity of the company, appealed to Master Bates, the principal offender.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
The robbery at the Bank had not languished before, and did not cease to occupy a front place in the attention of the principal of that establishment now.
Hard Times - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
But he now reclined on his settle, taking very little notice of me, and talking principally about turnips.
Great Expectations - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
principlespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. basic truth, law, or assumption; rule or law of nature; rule of personal conduct
He and I have been at times thrown a good deal together, while you have been wholly engrossed on the most affectionate principle by my mother.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
You shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity, nor endeavour to persuade yourself or me, that selfishness is prudence, and insensibility of danger security for happiness.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 24
By Jane Austen Context
This was the principle on which Anne wanted her father to be proceeding, his friends to be urging him.
Persuasion - Chapter 2
By Jane Austen Context
privilegespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. special advantage or benefit not enjoyed by all; right reserved exclusively
And in return for an acknowledgment, which must give me some pain, you cannot deny me the privilege of disliking him as much as ever.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
That his anger could be carried to such a point of inconceivable resentment as to refuse his daughter a privilege without which her marriage would scarcely seem valid, exceeded all she could believe possible.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one; you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.
Persuasion - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
procedurespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act or manner of moving forward; steps taken in an action
processionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a line of people who are all walking or travelling in the same direction, as part of a ceremony
I determined they should come about as they pleased for me; and though it was a tiresomely slow process, I began to rejoice at length in a faint dawn of its progress: as I thought at first.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 12
By Emily Bronte Context
He was successfully supplanted for a while, at the beginning of the present century, by Buonaparte; but as process of time rendered the latter personage stale and ineffective the older phrase resumed its early prominence.
Return of the Native - Chapter 9
By Thomas Hardy Context
And sex was merely an accident, or an adjunct, one of the curious obsolete, organic processes which persisted in its own clumsiness, but was not really necessary.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 1
By D H Lawrence Context
promotionalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. intended to advertise something in order to sell it
He wants her much more than she wants him; and before I can encourage anything of the sort I must have a clear understanding from you that you will not interfere to injure an arrangement which I promote in the belief that it is for the best.
Return of the Native - Chapter 11
By Thomas Hardy Context
In the promotion of this object she was zealously active, as far as her ability reached; and missed no opportunity of projecting weddings among all the young people of her acquaintance.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 8
By Jane Austen Context
Wickham was to the last so steady, that in his will he particularly recommended it to me, to promote his advancement in the best manner that his profession might allow´┐Żand if he took orders, desired that a valuable family living might be his as soon as it became vacant.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 35
By Jane Austen Context
pronouncespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. say a word or a letter in a correct way
v. state something officially or formally, such as a judgment
He endeavoured to pronounce the name, but could not manage it; and compressing his mouth he held a silent combat with his inward agony, defying, meanwhile, my sympathy with an unflinching, ferocious stare.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 16
By Emily Bronte Context
To complain of cold in sitting out of doors, hatless and coatless, while Fairway told true stories between the cuts of the scissors, would have been to pronounce yourself no man at once.
Return of the Native - Chapter 20
By Thomas Hardy Context
This was all overheard by Miss Dashwood; and in the whole of the sentence, in his manner of pronouncing it, and in his addressing her sister by her Christian name alone, she instantly saw an intimacy so decided, a meaning so direct, as marked a perfect agreement between them.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 12
By Jane Austen Context
prospectivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. expected or expecting to be something particular in the future
n. people who are expected to buy something, become parents, etc.
He was too well accustomed to suffering, and had suffered too much where he was, to bewail the prospect of change very severely.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
You only knew the town was there, because you knew there could have been no such sulky blotch upon the prospect without a town.
Hard Times - Chapter 15
By Charles Dickens Context
When we had passed the village and the church and the churchyard, and were out on the marshes and began to see the sails of the ships as they sailed on, I began to combine Miss Havisham and Estella with the prospect, in my usual way.
Great Expectations - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
provisionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of supplying or fitting out; food and other necessary items provided
n. a condition or requirement in a legal document
Bennet had very often wished before this period of his life that, instead of spending his whole income, he had laid by an annual sum for the better provision of his children, and of his wife, if she survived him.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
Price, and creditable to ourselves, we must secure to the child, or consider ourselves engaged to secure to her hereafter, as circumstances may arise, the provision of a gentlewoman, if no such establishment should offer as you are so sanguine in expecting.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 1
By Jane Austen Context
And so the Fontaines still had their stock and their provisions, but Mimosa was held by the same strange silence that hung over Tara, over the whole countryside.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 26
By Margaret Mitche Context
punctualspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. happening at the expected, correct time; not late
The next evening Eustacia stood punctually at the fuelhouse door, waiting for the dusk which was to bring Charley with the trappings.
Return of the Native - Chapter 15
By Thomas Hardy Context
Collins returned most punctually on Monday fortnight, but his reception at Longbourn was not quite so gracious as it had been on his first introduction.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
Everything went on in pretty good order, strict cleanliness, and strict punctuality; even pretty strict honesty.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 2
By D H Lawrence Context
punctuationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. marks to clarify meaning of written material by grouping words into sentences, clauses, and phrases
n. something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions
He had forgotten completely about his conversation with her that afternoon and was carrying on a monologue about the latest news from Fort Sumter, which he punctuated by hammering his fist on the table and waving his arms in the air.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 4
By Margaret Mitche Context
She did not finish, for by this time she was bending down and punching under the bed with the broom, and so she needed breath to punctuate the punches with.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 1
By Mark Twain Context
quadruplespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. increase fourfold; become four times as big
a. having four units or components
quantityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. amount or number of something, especially that can be measured
n. an adequate or large amount
Crackit (for he it was) had no very great quantity of hair, either upon his head or face; but what he had, was of a reddish dye, and tortured into long corkscrew curls, through which he occasionally thrust some very dirty fingers, ornamented with large common rings.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
There was an improving party assembled on the auspicious occasion, who knew what everything they had to eat and drink was made of, and how it was imported or exported, and in what quantities, and in what bottoms, whether native or foreign, and all about it.
Hard Times - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
But there was a quantity of chalk about our country, and perhaps the people neglected no opportunity of turning it to account.
Great Expectations - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
questionnairespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. form containing a set of questions, submitted to people to gain statistical information
rapportspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a good understanding of someone; an ability to communicate well with people; emotional closeness
So when I saw you throw down your paper and enter upon a train of thought, I was very happy to have the opportunity of reading it off, and eventually of breaking into it, as a proof that I had been in rapport with you.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
raviolispeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. small squares of pasta, often filled with meat or cheese, that are cooked in boiling water
reassurespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. comfort someone and stop them from worrying; cause to feel sure or certain
Always the family clustered about him, always Melanie was by his side, touching his sleeve now and again to reassure herself he was really there.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 31
By Margaret Mitche Context
He appeared somewhat reassured, on beholding her in the same listless attitude from which he had first roused her.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
When I said some reassuring words, she stretched out her tremulous right hand, as though she was going to touch me; but she recalled it again before I understood the action, or knew how to receive it.
Great Expectations - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
recollectionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a memory of something; power of recalling ideas to the mind
As it was, it required but a slight effort of fancy to connect his emotion with the tender recollection of past regard.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
In comparing her recollection of Pemberley with the minute description which Wickham could give, and in bestowing her tribute of praise on the character of its late possessor, she was delighting both him and herself.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 25
By Jane Austen Context
She was assisted, however, by that perfect indifference and apparent unconsciousness, among the only three of her own friends in the secret of the past, which seemed almost to deny any recollection of it.
Persuasion - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
recommendspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. suggest that something or someone is the best one to choose
Edward Ferrars was not recommended to their good opinion by any peculiar graces of person or address.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
Let me recommend you, however, as a friend, not to give implicit confidence to all his assertions; for as to Mr.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
I am not fond of the idea of my shrubberies being always approachable; and I should recommend Miss Elliot to be on her guard with respect to her flower garden.
Persuasion - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
recruitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. register formally as a participant; engage for military service; enlist
The troop of cavalry had been organized three months before, the very day that Georgia seceded from the Union, and since then the recruits had been whistling for war.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 1
By Margaret Mitche Context
Fagin saw, with delight, that this tribute to his powers was no mere compliment, but that he had really impressed his recruit with a sense of his wily genius, which it was most important that he should entertain in the outset of their acquaintance.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
Whatever they could prove (which is usually anything you like), they proved there, in an army constantly strengthening by the arrival of new recruits.
Hard Times - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
rectanglespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a flat shape with four sides and four right angles, with opposite sides of equal length
regulatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. control something, especially by making it work in a particular way; fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
In any other place Sir Walter might judge for himself; and would be looked up to, as regulating the modes of life in whatever way he might choose to model his household.
Persuasion - Chapter 2
By Jane Austen Context
Having regulated her thoughts and comforted her feelings by this happy mixture of reason and weakness, she was able in due time to go down and resume her usual employments near her aunt Bertram, and pay her the usual observances without any apparent want of spirits.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 27
By Jane Austen Context
They could and did harass and hamstring them with conflicting regulations about the operation of their business, the wages they must pay their servants, what they should say in public and private utterances and what they should write in newspapers.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 37
By Margaret Mitche Context
remitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. transmit or send, especially as money in payment of a demand
v. reduce a period of time that someone must spend in prison
reservoirspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. tank used for collecting and storing a liquid; lake used to store water for community use
restorespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. give or bring back; return to its original condition
Her unwillingness to quit her mother was her only restorative to calmness; and at the moment of parting her grief on that score was excessive.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 25
By Jane Austen Context
Bennet would have been very miserable; but being satisfied on seeing her that her illness was not alarming, she had no wish of her recovering immediately, as her restoration to health would probably remove her from Netherfield.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 9
By Jane Austen Context
It seemed as if she had been one moment too late; and as long as she dared observe, he did not look again: but the performance was recommencing, and she was forced to seem to restore her attention to the orchestra and look straight forward.
Persuasion - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
reusablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of being used again
revisespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. look at or consider again an idea or piece of writing to correct or improve it; amend
rupturespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cause something to explode, break, or tear; make a sudden noisy break
saccharinspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a very sweet artificial substance that is used to replace sugar, as a calorie-free sweetener
sacrificespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. give up something that is valuable to help another person
v. kill an animal and offer it to a god or gods
But you may be assured that I would not sacrifice one sentiment of local attachment of yours, or of any one whom I loved, for all the improvements in the world.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 14
By Jane Austen Context
Collins did not walk to Rosings, and not many in which his wife did not think it necessary to go likewise; and till Elizabeth recollected that there might be other family livings to be disposed of, she could not understand the sacrifice of so many hours.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 30
By Jane Austen Context
Seven hundred a year is a fine thing for a younger brother; and as of course he will still live at home, it will be all for his menus plaisirs; and a sermon at Christmas and Easter, I suppose, will be the sum total of sacrifice.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
secretaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person who is the head of an administrative department of government
n. an assistant who handles clerical work for a boss or an organization
There, Ellen sat before her tall secretary each morning, keeping the accounts of the plantation and listening to the reports of Jonas Wilkerson, the overseer.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 4
By Margaret Mitche Context
Fang was at that moment perusing a leading article in a newspaper of the morning, adverting to some recent decision of his, and commending him, for the three hundred and fiftieth time, to the special and particular notice of the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
There, the devoted postman on that beat delivered bushels of letters for me; and there, at intervals, I laboured through them, like a Home Secretary of State without the salary.
David Copperfield - Chapter 61
By Charles Dickens Context
semicirclespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. half of a circle, or something in this shape
Johnston fought desperately at Resaca and repulsed the Yankees again, but Sherman, employing the same flanking movement, swung his vast army in another semicircle, crossed the Oostanaula River and again struck at the railroad in the Confederate rear.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 17
By Margaret Mitche Context
Napoleon, with Squealer and another pig named Minimus, who had a remarkable gift for composing songs and poems, sat on the front of the raised platform, with the nine young dogs forming a semicircle round them, and the other pigs sitting behind.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
As I approached the house I saw a tall man in a Scotch bonnet with a coat which was buttoned up to his chin waiting outside in the bright semicircle which was thrown from the fanlight.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
semicolonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a punctuation mark ' ; ' used to connect independent clauses
senatorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a member of a senate; a member of the king's council
seriesspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. (plural) a number of things or events standing or succeeding in order; sequence
Sherlock Holmes, the well known consulting expert, have each come to the conclusion that the grotesque series of incidents, which have ended in so tragic a fashion, arise from lunacy rather than from deliberate crime.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
In glancing over the somewhat incoherent series of memoirs with which I have endeavoured to illustrate a few of the mental peculiarities of my friend Mr.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both before and after.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
shearspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cut or clip hair; strip of something; remove by cutting or clipping
Had it been possible for the earth and mankind to be entirely in her grasp for a while, she had handled the distaff, the spindle, and the shears at her own free will, few in the world would have noticed the change of government.
Return of the Native - Chapter 7
By Thomas Hardy Context
sheerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. very absolute or pure; nothing other than
a. very steep
The vision of what ought to have been is thrown aside in sheer weariness, and browbeaten human endeavour listlessly makes the best of the fact that is.
Return of the Native - Chapter 26
By Thomas Hardy Context
She lays close to the Endymion, between her and the Cleopatra, just to the eastward of the sheer hulk.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 38
By Jane Austen Context
He had pushed his way by sheer instinct and sheerer effrontery on to the stage and to the front of it, with his plays.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context
socializespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. take part in social activities; interact with others
As far as social ethics were concerned Eustacia approached the savage state, though in emotion she was all the while an epicure.
Return of the Native - Chapter 10
By Thomas Hardy Context
She could see him instantly before her, in every charm of air and address; but she could remember no more substantial good than the general approbation of the neighbourhood, and the regard which his social powers had gained him in the mess.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 36
By Jane Austen Context
She acknowledged it to be very fitting, that every little social commonwealth should dictate its own matters of discourse; and hoped, ere long, to become a not unworthy member of the one she was now transplanted into.
Persuasion - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
sociologyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the study of the relationships between people living in groups, especially in industrial societies
They lived freely among the students, they argued with the men over philosophical, sociological and artistic matters, they were just as good as the men themselves: only better, since they were women.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 1
By D H Lawrence Context
soloistspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a musician who performs a single
solsticespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. either of the two times of a year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator
souvenirspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. token of remembrance; something you buy or keep to help remember a holiday or special event
Tea roses tucked behind pink ears, cape jessamine and bud roses in round little garlands over cascades of side curls, blossoms thrust demurely into satin sashes, flowers that before the night was over would find their way into the breast pockets of gray uniforms as treasured souvenirs.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 9
By Margaret Mitche Context
It is a little souvenir from the King of Bohemia in return for my assistance in the case of the Irene Adler papers.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
spaciousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. wide, generous, or large in area or extent; sizable
So that, in fact, you see, if people do but know how to set about it, every comfort may be as well enjoyed in a cottage as in the most spacious dwelling.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 36
By Jane Austen Context
Rushworth had asked her opinion; and her spirits were in as happy a flutter as vanity and pride could furnish, when they drove up to the spacious stone steps before the principal entrance.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 8
By Jane Austen Context
It was spacious, and I dare say had once been handsome, but every discernible thing in it was covered with dust and mould, and dropping to pieces.
Great Expectations - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
specialistspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. someone who has a lot of experience, knowledge, or skill in a particular subject
n. a doctor who has special training in a particular area of medicine
When you have finished, come downstairs with me, and I will introduce you to a detective who is a very eminent specialist in the work that lies before us.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
As you will readily understand, a specialist who aims high is compelled to start in one of a dozen streets in the Cavendish Square quarter, all of which entail enormous rents and furnishing expenses.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The stage lost a fine actor, even as science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crime.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
specializespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. study or work on a particular subject or skill more than any others; particularize
There were points about this strange business which would, I was sure, have specially appealed to him, and the efforts of the police would have been supplemented, or more probably anticipated, by the trained observation and the alert mind of the first criminal agent in Europe.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Then, having established ourselves upon this sound basis, it is our duty to see what inferences may be drawn and what are the special points upon which the whole mystery turns.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I found the ash of a cigar, which my special knowledge of tobacco ashes enables me to pronounce as an Indian cigar.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
specificspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. stated explicitly or in detail; definite
spectaclespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a public event or show that is exciting to watch; an exciting appearance
Such a wretched spectacle am I, that I shrink from being seen by a single friend, and almost from you.
Return of the Native - Chapter 36
By Thomas Hardy Context
Now she had lost and, greater than her sense of loss, was the fear that she had made a public spectacle of herself.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 6
By Margaret Mitche Context
Those dreadful walls of Newgate, which have hidden so much misery and such unspeakable anguish, not only from the eyes, but, too often, and too long, from the thoughts, of men, never held so dread a spectacle as that.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
spectacularspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. very exciting to look at; impressive or especially great
spectatorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. observer or audience; one who looks on
Yeobright lived now to support the gentle girl through the ordeal; and, whatever an unimpassioned spectator might think of her loss of such a husband as Wildeve, there could be no doubt that for the moment she was distracted and horrified by the blow.
Return of the Native - Chapter 44
By Thomas Hardy Context
Maria, she also thought, acted well, too well; and after the first rehearsal or two, Fanny began to be their only audience; and sometimes as prompter, sometimes as spectator, was often very useful.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
The actors in the mimic life of the theatre, are blind to violent transitions and abrupt impulses of passion or feeling, which, presented before the eyes of mere spectators, are at once condemned as outrageous and preposterous.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
sponsorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. support a person or activity by giving money or other help