10th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 10: Vocabulary - List 2

componentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. element; ingredient; abstract part of something
Mary was not so repulsive and unsisterly as Elizabeth, nor so inaccessible to all influence of hers; neither was there anything among the other component parts of the cottage inimical to comfort.
Persuasion - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
conceptspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. something formed in the mind; thought or notion
The value of a man like Henry, on such an occasion, is what you can have no conception of; so you must take it upon my word to be inestimable.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 43
By Jane Austen Context
conclusivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. decisive or convincing; achieved easily or by a large margin
There were some people slinking about as usual when we passed out into the street, who were evidently anxious to speak with him; but there was something so conclusive in the halo of scented soap which encircled his presence, that they gave it up for that day.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
confoundspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cause to become confused or perplexed; fail to distinguish; mix up
The master seemed confounded a moment: he grew pale, and rose up, eyeing her all the while, with an expression of mortal hate.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 33
By Emily Bronte Context
The rush of the daylight quite confounded me, and made me feel as if I had been in the candlelight of the strange room many hours.
Great Expectations - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
consolidatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make solid; unite or press together into a compact mass; harden or make dense and firm
consultantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an expert who gives advice
He is a lecturer and a consultant, but he does not care for general practice, which distracts him from his literary work.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
contemptiblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean
They could not understand, they said, how even animals could bring themselves to sing such contemptible rubbish.
Animal Farm - Chapter 4
By George Orwell Context
contrabandspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
convalescentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. returning to health after illness or debility
If she is not quite convalescent you will find that a hint that we were about to telegraph to a young electrician in the Midlands would probably complete the cure.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
As Uncle Peter told her about them, Scarlett felt that Atlanta must be a city of the wounded, for there were general hospitals, contagious hospitals, convalescent hospitals without number.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
For months my life was despaired of, and when at last I came to myself and became convalescent, I was so weak and emaciated that a medical board determined that not a day should be lost in sending me back to England.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
conveyancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of conveying; tools of conveying, especially vehicle for transportation
Bounderby extended his right hand to the weeping lady, and escorted her to the conveyance in question, shedding many plaintive sneezes by the way.
Hard Times - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
Peggotty had a basket of refreshments on her knee, which would have lasted us out handsomely, if we had been going to London by the same conveyance.
David Copperfield - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens Context
convulsionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. unnatural and violent contraction of the muscular parts of an animal body; any violent and irregular motion or agitation; violent shaking; tumult
I saw the old man throw up his arms, a terrible convulsion passed over his grim face, and he fell back in his chair.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
There was a sudden jerk, a terrific convulsion of the limbs; and there he hung, with the open knife clenched in his stiffening hand.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 50
By Charles Dickens Context
At the first finger his father laid on him, however, he shrieked again louder than before, and struggled as if he would go into convulsions.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 9
By Emily Bronte Context
cosmicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. pertaining to the universe; vast
courierspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. person who carries a message
credentialsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
That, in itself, was strange, for in Atlanta every respectable newcomer hastened to present his credentials, to tell proudly of his home and family, to trace the tortuous mazes of relationship that stretched over the entire South.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 48
By Margaret Mitche Context
creditorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person to whom money is owed by a debtor; someone to whom an obligation exists
My worldly affairs began to wear a gloomy appearance, and I was pressed for money by more than one creditor.
Great Expectations - Chapter 47
By Charles Dickens Context
It was his belief that if he were given time in which to realize them, all would be well and every creditor paid in full.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
crucialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis; of the greatest importance
cryptspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber, especially beneath a church
crypticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having hidden meaning; mystifying; using code or cipher
Only old Benjamin refused to grow enthusiastic about the windmill, though, as usual, he would utter nothing beyond the cryptic remark that donkeys live a long time.
Animal Farm - Chapter 6
By George Orwell Context
cullspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. pick out from others; weed out; remove rejected members or parts from
The night was fast closing in, when he returned homeward: laden with flowers which he had culled, with peculiar care, for the adornment of the sick chamber.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 34
By Charles Dickens Context
cumulativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. increasing by successive addition
The beaming sight, and the penetrating warmth, seemed to breed in him a cumulative cheerfulness, which soon amounted to delight.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
curtailspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cut short or reduce; cut off end or tail, or any part
You have only knowledge enough of the language to translate at sight these inverted, transposed, curtailed Italian lines, into clear, comprehensible, elegant English.
Persuasion - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
curvaturespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the rate of change at a point of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curve; a curving or bending, often abnormal
cynicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. skeptical of motives of others; selfishly calculating; negative or pessimistic
Yet when I think of him in cold blood, far away from the glamour of his presence, I am convinced from his cynical speech and the look which I have caught in his eyes that he is one who should be deeply distrusted.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
dailyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or belonging to or occurring every day; appropriate for ordinary or routine occasions
He had broken two ribs, they had wounded one of his lungs, and he breathed with great pain and difficulty, which increased daily.
Great Expectations - Chapter 56
By Charles Dickens Context
The majority of the searchers had given up the quest and gone back to their daily avocations, saying that it was plain the children could never be found.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 32
By Mark Twain Context
Beyond these signs of his activity, however, which I merely shared with all the readers of the daily press, I knew little of my former friend and companion.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
dauntspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. frighten; abate the courage of; discourage
The two girls, therefore, were from an early age not the least daunted by either art or ideal politics.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 1
By D H Lawrence Context
debitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an accounting entry acknowledging sums that are owing
debutantespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. young woman making formal entrance into society
defaultspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. failure to act; an option that is selected automatically
deficientspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. inadequate; lacking an essential quality or element
His skin was so unwholesomely deficient in the natural tinge, that he looked as though, if he were cut, he would bleed white.
Hard Times - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
They were in fact very fine ladies; not deficient in good humour when they were pleased, nor in the power of making themselves agreeable when they chose it, but proud and conceited.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
defilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. pollute; make dirty or spotty
deflationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a contraction of economic activity resulting in a decline of prices; the act of letting the air out of something
deftspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. quick and skillful; neat in action or performance
It was all done so swiftly and deftly that the fellow was helpless before he knew that he was attacked.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
deityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. god; divinity; supernatural things
As is usual with bright natures, the deity that lies ignominiously chained within an ephemeral human carcase shone out of him like a ray.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
delvespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. dig ground, as with spade; search deeply and laboriously
dementedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. insane; mad; of unsound mind; mentally ill
demolitionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of overthrowing, pulling down, or destroying
Oliver had not been within the walls of the workhouse a quarter of an hour, and had scarcely completed the demolition of a second slice of bread.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
demoralizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; lower someone's spirits; make downhearted; confuse or put into disorder
demurespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. modest and reserved in manner or behavior
A girl not out has always the same sort of dress: a close bonnet, for instance; looks very demure, and never says a word.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 5
By Jane Austen Context
James Wilder, demure and courtly, but with some trace of that wild terror of the night before still lurking in his furtive eyes and in his twitching features.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
denigratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade
dependentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. relying on or requiring the aid of another for support
And she had a long white veil dependent from her hair, and she had bridal flowers in her hair, but her hair was white.
Great Expectations - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
Pegler, he turned this presumption, on the part of a woman in her dependent position, over and over in his mind, until it accumulated with turning like a great snowball.
Hard Times - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
depreciatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. lessen price or value of; think or speak of as being of little worth; belittle
Crawford, after properly depreciating his own abilities, was quite at his service in any way that could be useful.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
Just as it belonged to his boastfulness to depreciate his own extraction, so it belonged to it to exalt Mrs. Sparsit's.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
designatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. indicate or specify; point out; assign a name or title to
I found that my services were constantly called into requisition for the falsification of business, and the mystification of an individual whom I will designate as Mr. W.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
despondentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. in low spirits from loss of hope or courage
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
deterioratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. become progressively worse; decline
devastatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. ruin; lay waste; destroy; make desolate
dialectspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. vocabulary that is for a specific group of people
When he was very much interested he often spoke quite broad Yorkshire though at other times he tried to modify his dialect so that Mary could better understand.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 18
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
It puzzled her, his queer, persistent wanting her, when there was nothing between them, when he never really spoke to her, and in spite of herself she resented the dialect.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
diaphragmspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a thin disk that vibrates when receiving or producing sound waves, as in a telephone, microphone, speaker, or the like
dignitaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an important or influential person, and often overbearing
Three rows of benches on each side and six rows in front of him were occupied by the dignitaries of the town and by the parents of the pupils.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 21
By Mark Twain Context
Their cravats were in general stiff, I thought, and their looks haughty; but in this last respect I presently conceived I had done them an injustice, for when two or three of them had to rise and answer a question of the presiding dignitary, I never saw anything more sheepish.
David Copperfield - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
dilatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make wider or larger; cause to expand; enlarge; widen
This dilated until it filled the room, and impelled me to take a candle and go in and look at my dreadful burden.
Great Expectations - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
He glanced over the back of the bench, dilating his nostrils, and thought as little of exchanging civilities with me as with my companion the cat.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 3
By Emily Bronte Context
Her father might instinctively have loosened his hold, but that he felt her strength departing from her, and saw a wild dilating fire in the eyes steadfastly regarding him.
Hard Times - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
dilemmaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. predicament; state of uncertainty or between equally unfavorable options
In a few hours the examination would commence, and he was still in the dilemma between making the facts public and allowing the culprit to compete for the valuable scholarship.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
diligentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. assiduous; industrious; hard working
They worked diligently hardly raising their faces from the ground, and not knowing whether to be more frightened of the pigs or of the human visitors.
Animal Farm - Chapter 10
By George Orwell Context
dirgespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a piece of music of a mournful character, to accompany funeral rites; funeral hymn
disconcertspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. confuse; frustrate by throwing into disorder; embarrass
The Elfin suddenness with which she pounced upon me with this question, and a searching look, quite disconcerted me for a moment.
David Copperfield - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
He seemed very fond of walking but he had a way of sitting or lying down for a while and then getting up in a disconcerting manner to begin again.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 25
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
discretionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; trait of judging wisely and objectively
In our boyish want of discretion I dare say we took too much to drink, and I know we talked too much.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
If he were not, he would be sure to see them inside; and, knowing what he had done with the fugitive, would proceed with discretion still.
Hard Times - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
With due discretion the incident itself may, however, be described, since it serves to illustrate some of those qualities for which my friend was remarkable.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
disgruntlespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cause being in bad temper; disappoint; disconcert
disillusionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a freeing or a being freed from illusion or conviction
He turned his slow, rather full eyes, that had been drowned in such fathomless disillusion, on Connie, and she trembled a little.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context