10th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 10: Vocabulary - List 3

disintegratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. fall apart; become reduced to components, fragments, or particles
dispelspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. scatter; drive away; cause to vanish
Micawber had latterly had her doubts on this point, but that he had dispelled them, and reassured her.
David Copperfield - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
The sight of the safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to finally dispel any doubts which may have remained.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I imagined at the time that he had some strong reason for not alluding to it, but he soon dispelled the idea by coming round to the subject of his own accord.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
dispensaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. clinic where medicine and medical supplies are dispensed
The crowd had only the satisfaction of accompanying Oliver through two or three streets, and down a place called Mutton Hill, when he was led beneath a low archway, and up a dirty court, into this dispensary of summary justice, by the back way.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
dispensespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. distribute; prepare and give out; deal out in parts or portions
Her younger sisters soon began to make interest with her for objects of happiness which she might in future be able to dispense.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 55
By Jane Austen Context
His presence was beginning to be odious to her; and if Maria gained him not, she was now cool enough to dispense with any other revenge.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
He hoped that with intelligent assistance I should meet with little to discourage me, and should soon be able to dispense with any aid but his.
Great Expectations - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
displacementspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of removing from office or employment
As long as the criminal remains upon two legs so long must there be some indentation, some abrasion, some trifling displacement which can be detected by the scientific searcher.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
disreputablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance
However, I must not sit gossiping here, but must get these disreputable clothes off and return to my highly respectable self.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
When the first hour was out, Stephen even began to have an uncomfortable sensation upon him of being for the time a disreputable character.
Hard Times - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
dissectspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cut open or cut apart; make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features
disusespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the state of something that has been unused and neglected
diversespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. differing in some characteristics; various
doggedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. determined; stubbornly persevering; unyielding
The natural result of this treatment, continued, I suppose, for some six months or more, was to make me sullen, dull, and dogged.
David Copperfield - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
Looking through the window I could see her walking feebly along the other side, while her pursuer dogged her some little distance behind.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
dormantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. sleeping; not active but capable of becoming active
She had then taken the impassive figure in her arms, and, still upon her knees, was weeping over it, kissing it, calling to it, rocking it to and fro upon her bosom like a child, and trying every tender means to rouse the dormant senses.
David Copperfield - Chapter 56
By Charles Dickens Context
dotespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. be excessively fond of; show signs of mental decline
Once she asked for a particular ballad, which she said her Ury (who was yawning in a great chair) doted on; and at intervals she looked round at him, and reported to Agnes that he was in raptures with the music.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
dregsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. sediment settled at bottom of liquid; waste or worthless matter
The three glasses were grouped together, all of them tinged with wine, and one of them containing some dregs of beeswing.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
My state of mind regarding the pilfering from which I had been so unexpectedly exonerated did not impel me to frank disclosure; but I hope it had some dregs of good at the bottom of it.
Great Expectations - Chapter 6
By Charles Dickens Context
drollspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. queer; amusingly odd; comical
I laughed in spite of myself all the time, the whole thing was so droll; and yet I had a latent impression.
Great Expectations - Chapter 31
By Charles Dickens Context
Palmer sauntered towards the Miss Dashwoods to express his surprise on seeing them in town, though Colonel Brandon had been first informed of their arrival at his house, and he had himself said something very droll on hearing that they were to come.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 27
By Jane Austen Context
ductspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance; an enclosed conduit for a fluid
dupespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. easily deceived person; duplicate of photographic image
dynamicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. energetic; vigorously active
All the great words, it seemed to Connie, were cancelled for her generation: love, joy, happiness, home, mother, father, husband, all these great, dynamic words were half dead now, and dying from day to day.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 6
By D H Lawrence Context
eccentricspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern
Browlow was no less surprised, although his astonishment was not expressed in the same eccentric manner.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
Put the case that, at the same time he held a trust to find a child for an eccentric rich lady to adopt and bring up.
Great Expectations - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
Indeed, from the direction of the Metropolitan Station no one was coming save the single gentleman whose eccentric conduct had drawn my attention.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
elongatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. lengthen; extend; make or grow longer
eloquentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. vividly or movingly expressive; persuasive
The impossibility of not doing everything in the world to make Fanny Price happy, or of ceasing to love Fanny Price, was of course the groundwork of his eloquent answer.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 30
By Jane Austen Context
emancipatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. free from bondage, oppression, or restraint; liberate
embellishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. adorn; make beautiful, as by ornamentation; decorate
He has occasional employment on the same newspaper, in getting up the facts of dry subjects, to be written about and embellished by more fertile minds.
David Copperfield - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
You have shown your relish for it by the enthusiasm which has prompted you to chronicle, and, if you will excuse my saying so, somewhat to embellish so many of my own little adventures.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
embossspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. mold or carve in relief; decorate with or as if with a raised design
embryospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. completely undeveloped form; an animal organism in the early stages of growth
emitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. give off; send out; give out as sound
At this moment the fiddles finished off with a screech, and the serpent emitted a last note that nearly lifted the roof.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
encampmentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers; a site where people on holiday can pitch a tent
Just as she was preparing to start walking the long way across town to the Yankee encampment, a battered wagon appeared.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 34
By Margaret Mitche Context
enhancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make better or more attractive; increase; improve
He was as radiant, as if his chair, his asthma, and the failure of his limbs, were the various branches of a great invention for enhancing the luxury of a pipe.
David Copperfield - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
enlightenspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. supply with light; illuminate, as the sun enlightens the earth; make clear to the intellect or conscience; give information to; inform or instruct
Hence things which have perplexed you and made the case more obscure, have served to enlighten me and to strengthen my conclusions.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
As we walked home, I would fain have enlightened my charge on the characters of the people we had quitted: but she got it into her head that I was prejudiced against them.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 21
By Emily Bronte Context
enrapturespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. please intensely; fill with great delight or joy
In short, my aunt, seeing how enraptured I was with the premises, took them for a month, with leave to remain for twelve months when that time was out.
David Copperfield - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
ensemblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. union of parts in a whole; a coordinated outfit or costume; a coordinated set of furniture
enthrallspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. capture; attract and hold by charm, beauty, or excellence; hold in bondage or subjection
After an interval of suspense on my part that was quite enthralling and almost painful, I saw his hand appear on the other side of Miss Skiffins.
Great Expectations - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
enumeratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. list each one; mention one by one
Phillips, protesting that he did not in the least regard his losses at whist, enumerating all the dishes at supper, and repeatedly fearing that he crowded his cousins, had more to say than he could well manage before the carriage stopped at Longbourn House.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 16
By Jane Austen Context
enunciatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. speak distinctly; state or set forth precisely or systematically; pronounce; articulate
The round eyes, eager gaze, the piping voice which enunciated the words, had operated like stilettos on his brain.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
equilibriumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. mental or emotional balance; state of balance of any causes, powers, or motives
equivocationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. intentionally vague or ambiguous; a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
eradicatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. completely destroy; eliminate; exterminate
esteemspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. regard with respect; favorable regard
If you are unable to come I shall give you fuller details, and would esteem it a great kindness if you would favour me with your opinion.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I do not know whether I ever before mentioned to you my feelings on this subject; but I will not leave the country without confiding them, and I trust you will not esteem them unreasonable.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
ethicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior; adhering to ethical and moral principles
Much of this development he may have owed to his studious life in Paris, where he had become acquainted with ethical systems popular at the time.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
evaluatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. judge; examine and judge carefully; appraise
evasionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the deliberate act of failing to pay money; the act of physically escaping from something by some adroit maneuver
Sir Thomas gave up the point, foiled by her evasions, disarmed by her flattery; and was obliged to rest satisfied with the conviction that where the present pleasure of those she loved was at stake, her kindness did sometimes overpower her judgment.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
exasperatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make worse; irritate; make very angry or impatient; annoy greatly
It was one of the most exasperating attributes of Bounderby, that he not only sang his own praises but stimulated other men to sing them.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
At that point, my convict became so frantically exasperated, that he would have rushed upon him but for the interposition of the soldiers.
Great Expectations - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
exoticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. from another part of the world; foreign; strikingly strange or unusual
The thick, warm air of the conservatory and the rich, choking fragrance of exotic plants took us by the throat.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
exploitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make use of, sometimes unjustly
expresslyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. particularly; specifically; in an explicit manner
Immediately surrounding Mrs Musgrove were the little Harvilles, whom she was sedulously guarding from the tyranny of the two children from the Cottage, expressly arrived to amuse them.
Persuasion - Chapter 14
By Jane Austen Context
exuberantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. high spirited; joyously unrestrained; abundant; luxurious
If you, my dear father, will not take the trouble of checking her exuberant spirits, and of teaching her that her present pursuits are not to be the business of her life, she will soon be beyond the reach of amendment.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 41
By Jane Austen Context
feasiblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of being accomplished or brought about
However, I proposed that he and I should walk away together to a distant point we could see, and that the boat should take us aboard there, or as near there as might prove feasible, at about noon.
Great Expectations - Chapter 54
By Charles Dickens Context
feignspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make false appearance of; disguise; conceal; invent or imagine
As Louisa feigned to rouse herself, and sat up, Sissy retired, so that she stood placidly near the bedside.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
Next day I had the meanness to feign that I was under a binding promise to go down to Joe; but I was capable of almost any meanness towards Joe or his name.
Great Expectations - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
We agreed, without any more consultation, that we would both go, and that Dora was a little Impostor, who feigned to be rather unwell, because she liked to be petted.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
ferretspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. drive or hunt out of hiding; uncover and bring to light by searching
fictitiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. existing only in imagination; feigned; not true or real
finalespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. concluding part; closing section
flailspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. thresh about; give a thrashing to; beat hard
flangespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a projection used for strength or for attaching to another object
flauntspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. display proudly or shamelessly; show oneself off
She was lightly dressed; looked bold, and haggard, and flaunting, and poor; but seemed, for the time, to have given all that to the wind which was blowing, and to have nothing in her mind but going after them.
David Copperfield - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
focalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or relating to a focus; having or localized centrally at a focus
foiblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. moral weakness; failing; weak point; slight fault
For, these are matters totally beneath a female who is acknowledged by universal admission to be far above the numerous little foibles and weaknesses of her sex.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
foliospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a sheet of any written or printed material; the system of numbering pages