10th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 10: Vocabulary - List 1

absolutespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. perfect in quality or nature; complete; totally unlimited; certain
The absolute necessity of seeming like herself produced then an immediate struggle; but after a while she could do no more.
Persuasion - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
The spare rooms at the Parsonage had never been wanted, but the absolute necessity of a spare room for a friend was now never forgotten.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
accentuatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. emphasize; stress; pronounce with a stress or accent; mark with an accent
adagespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. wise saying; brief familiar proverb; expression of popular wisdom
adeptspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
Adept as she was, in all the arts of cunning and dissimulation, the girl Nancy could not wholly conceal the effect which the knowledge of the step she had taken, wrought upon her mind.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 44
By Charles Dickens Context
affrontspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect
His very presence was an affront to a man of society, cloak it as he might in an assumed good manner.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context
Anne herself was become hardened to such affronts; but she felt the imprudence of the arrangement quite as keenly as Lady Russell.
Persuasion - Chapter 5
By Jane Austen Context
allayspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
They were of sobering tendency; they allayed agitation; they composed, and consequently must make her happier.
Persuasion - Chapter 7
By Jane Austen Context
He had to pretend to be drunk in order to allay the suspicions which might have been aroused by his appearance at the gate.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
allurespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive
The air of wicked grace: of triumph, in which, strange to say, there was yet something feminine and alluring: with which she reclined upon the seat between us, and looked at me, was worthy of a cruel Princess in a Legend.
David Copperfield - Chapter 46
By Charles Dickens Context
amphitheaterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. oval building with tiers of seats from central open space or arena
analogousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. comparable in certain respects; similar or alike
Not with the brightness natural to cheerful youth, but with uncertain, eager, doubtful flashes, which had something painful in them, analogous to the changes on a blind face groping its way.
Hard Times - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens Context
animationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of animating, or giving life or spirit; state of being animate or alive.
She gave some feeble signs of returning animation when they entered, and presently the faint transparency was presented in a sitting attitude.
Hard Times - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
Its only sign of animation was to shrink from mine; and then she glided from the chair, and creeping to the other side of her uncle, bowed herself, silently and trembling still, upon his breast.
David Copperfield - Chapter 30
By Charles Dickens Context
annihilatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. destroy completely; reduce to nonexistence
It is the effect of marriage to engender in several directions some of the reserve it annihilates in one.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
I did, though: I vociferated curses enough to annihilate any fiend in Christendom; and I got a stone and thrust it between his jaws, and tried with all my might to cram it down his throat.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 6
By Emily Bronte Context
Within the limits of his short tether he had tumbled about, annihilating the flowers of existence with greater singleness of purpose than many of the blatant personages whose company he kept.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
annulspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make or declare void or invalid; reduce to nothing
anonymousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name
apexspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. highest point; vertex; summit; climax
appallingspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. causing or fitted to cause dismay or horror; frightful
The dreadful condition to which he was brought, was so appalling to both of us, that we could not refer to it in plainer words.
Great Expectations - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
Then, falling upon his knees, he prayed Heaven to spare him from such deeds; and rather to will that he should die at once, than be reserved for crimes, so fearful and appalling.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
appropriationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. funding; money set aside for a specific purpose
ardorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. intense feeling of love; feelings of great warmth and intensity
If only he had the gallantry and ardor of the Tarleton boys or even the coarse impudence of Rhett Butler.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 35
By Margaret Mitche Context
artisanspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. manually skilled worker; craftsman, as opposed to artist
assertivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. positive; affirming confidently; affirmative; peremptory
assessspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. estimate value; judge worth of something
atrociousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. shockingly brutal or cruel; exceptionally bad or displeasing
I bound myself by the required promise, in a most impassioned manner; called upon Traddles to witness it; and denounced myself as the most atrocious of characters if I ever swerved from it in the least degree.
David Copperfield - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
Heathcliff, aware that his opponent was ignorant of the treatment received while insensible, called him deliriously intoxicated; and said he should not notice his atrocious conduct further, but advised him to get to bed.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 17
By Emily Bronte Context
auditoryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or relating to hearing, the organs of hearing, or the sense of hearing
automationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act or process of converting the controlling of a machine or device to a more automatic system, such as computer or electronic controls
axiomspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. self-evident truth requiring no proof
banespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
Murdstone and his sister, who were always present, and found them a favourable occasion for giving my mother lessons in that miscalled firmness, which was the bane of both our lives.
David Copperfield - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
banterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. good-humored, playful conversation
baublespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. small, showy ornament of little value; child's plaything or toy
bedlamspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a state of extreme confusion and disorder; pejorative terms for an insane asylum
befallspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance
I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to refrain from all gossip upon the matter but, above all, to preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I need not say that a great public scandal would be caused if any harm were to befall it.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
belatedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having been delayed; done or sent too late
Holmes made no further allusion to the matter that day, though he sat lost in thought for a long time after our belated dinner.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Belated wanderers upon the mountains spoke of gangs of armed men, masked, stealthy, and noiseless, who flitted by them in the darkness.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
beliespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. contradict; give a false impression
It was with reluctance that he suffered her to go; but there was no look of despair in parting to belie his words, or give her hopes of his being less unreasonable than he professed himself.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 33
By Jane Austen Context
I obeyed, so far as to quit the chamber; when, ignorant where the narrow lobbies led, I stood still, and was witness, involuntarily, to a piece of superstition on the part of my landlord which belied, oddly, his apparent sense.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 3
By Emily Bronte Context
benefactorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. gift giver; person who gives people or institutions with financial help
Pip, that the name of the person who is your liberal benefactor remains a profound secret, until the person chooses to reveal it.
Great Expectations - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
I am persuaded she knew no difference between his having been a personal benefactor of hers, and a kind friend to me, and that she would have received him with the utmost gratitude and devotion in any case.
David Copperfield - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
benevolentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. generous in providing aid to others; charitable
Captain Harville was a tall, dark man, with a sensible, benevolent countenance; a little lame; and from strong features and want of health, looking much older than Captain Wentworth.
Persuasion - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
Oliver, having had by this time as much of the outer coat of dirt which encrusted his face and hands, removed, as could be scrubbed off in one washing, was led into the room by his benevolent protectress.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
betrothspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. become engaged to marry; promise to marry
I was in a flutter of pride and anxiety; pride in my dear little betrothed, and anxiety that Agnes should like her.
David Copperfield - Chapter 42
By Charles Dickens Context
bevelspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
bevyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. large group; a group of animals or birds, especially larks or quail
blandspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable
bogusspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. counterfeit or fake; not authentic; not genuine
boisterousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. rough and stormy; loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline
It was one of those not infrequent days of an English June which are as wet and boisterous as November.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
He was kind to her also in his bluff, boisterous fashion, and on the whole they seemed to be a happy couple.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The latter part of this speech, was hailed by a boisterous shout from all the hopeful pupils of the merry old gentleman.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
bolsterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion
brandishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. move or wave, as a weapon; raise and move in various directions
buttressspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
callousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened
cancellationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
caninespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. related to dogs; dog-like; affecting or derived from dogs
capillaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. long and slender with a very small internal diameter
carnivorousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. eating or feeding on flesh; predatory
caterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. supply what is needed or desired; provide food professionally for special occasion
chagrinspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment
Amusement and chagrin seemed to be struggling for the mastery, until the former suddenly carried the day, and he burst into a hearty laugh.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
With this expression of feeling for his unfortunate friend, Master Bates sat himself on the nearest chair with an aspect of chagrin and despondency.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
Next day it all came out, sadly to my chagrin; and still I was not altogether sorry: I thought the burden of directing and warning would be more efficiently borne by him than me.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 21
By Emily Bronte Context
chronicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lasting for long period; marked by frequent recurrence, as certain diseases
clientelespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. clients of professional person; body of customers or patrons
colleaguespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. fellow worker; associate; co-worker
Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and you may rest assured that she will have nothing but a welcome for my friend and colleague.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He had evidently come with the intention of consulting with Sherlock Holmes, for on perceiving his colleague he appeared to be embarrassed and put out.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
collegiatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or resembling or typical of a college or college students
communicablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of being transmitted by infection, especially for disease; readily communicated
compilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. put together or compose from materials gathered from several sources
complementspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. complete; consummate; make perfect