10th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 10: Vocabulary - List 4

foiblespeak 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
formulatespeak spelling word quiz 
v. decide upon and express in words
He lay down, tucked his fore hoofs beneath him, shut his eyes, and with a hard effort managed to formulate his thoughts.
Animal Farm - Chapter 7
By George Orwell Context
forumspeak spelling word quiz 
n. place to discuss public concerns; meeting or medium for open discussion
fraughtspeak spelling word quiz 
a. furnished or equipped; sufficient to satisfy
Meanwhile, councils went on in the kitchen at home, fraught with almost insupportable aggravation to my exasperated spirit.
Great Expectations - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
frivolousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. lacking in seriousness; not serious; relatively unimportant
Though he said all this in his frivolous way, the way seemed, for that once, a conscious polishing of but an ugly surface.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
She has been allowed to dispose of her time in the most idle and frivolous manner, and to adopt any opinions that came in her way.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 47
By Jane Austen Context
They do live more in earnest, more in themselves, and less in surface, change, and frivolous external things.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 7
By Emily Bronte Context
frugalspeak spelling word quiz 
a. sparing; economical; costing little; inexpensive
My friend rubbed his thin hands together with an appearance of avidity which was a surprise to me, who knew his frugal tastes.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
frustratespeak spelling word quiz 
v. make null; bring to nothing; prevent from taking effect or attaining fulfillment
Clifford fascinated her because he always, or so often, frustrated her will, as if by a finer instinct.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 9
By D H Lawrence Context
furtivespeak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
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
So his rather prominent pale eyes had a queer look, furtive, and yet a little cruel, so cold: and at the same time, almost impudent.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
futilespeak spelling word quiz 
a. useless; having no useful result; vain
As his signal had been rendered futile by this uproarious rapping Wildeve withdrew, passed out at the gate, and walked quickly down the path without thinking of anything except getting away unnoticed.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
gainsayspeak spelling word quiz 
v. speak against; contradict; oppose in words; deny or declare not to be true
There was no gainsaying this difficulty, and we relinquished all thoughts of pursuing Orlick at that time.
Great Expectations - Chapter 53
By Charles Dickens Context
gaseousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. of gas; gas-like; lacking substance or concreteness
genteelspeak spelling word quiz 
a. well-bred; marked by refinement in taste and manners
He receives these wares not only from treacherous valets or maids, but frequently from genteel ruffians, who have gained the confidence and affection of trusting women.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It occurred to me several times that we should have got on better, if we had not been quite so genteel.
David Copperfield - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
Four thousand a year is a pretty estate, and he seems a very genteel, steady young man, so I hope Miss Julia will be very happy.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 12
By Jane Austen Context
germinatespeak spelling word quiz 
v. cause to sprout or grow; come into existence
girthspeak spelling word quiz 
n. distance around something; circumference; size; bulk
glazespeak spelling word quiz 
n. thin smooth shiny coating; glassy film, as one over the eyes
gleanspeak spelling word quiz 
v. gather; collect; pick up
A visit to the boy suggested itself as a means of gleaning new particulars; though it might be quite unproductive.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
glibspeak spelling word quiz 
a. performed with a natural or offhand ease
gluttonspeak spelling word quiz 
n. person who eats too much food and drink
gorespeak spelling word quiz 
n. dirt; mud; blood; especially, blood that after effusion has become thick or clotted; wedge-shaped or triangular piece of cloth
The terrible descriptions were so real and vivid, that the sallow pages seemed to turn red with gore; and the words upon them, to be sounded in his ears, as if they were whispered, in hollow murmurs, by the spirits of the dead.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
granulatespeak spelling word quiz 
v. form into grains or small masses; make rough on surface
gratifyspeak spelling word quiz 
v. give pleasure to; satisfy; indulge; make happy
He knew that in her heart his aunt was on her knees to him, and he was morosely gratified by the consciousness of it.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 3
By Mark Twain Context
And although my sister instantly boxed my ears, it was highly gratifying to me to see that the answer spoilt his joke, and brought him to a dead stop.
Great Expectations - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
She did not mean, however, to derive much more from it to gratify her vanity, than Mary might have allowed.
Persuasion - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
grotesquespeak spelling word quiz 
a. fantastic; comically hideous; unnatural in shape or size; abnormal
Holmes bent over this grotesque frieze for some minutes, and then suddenly sprang to his feet with an exclamation of surprise and dismay.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Those whom Nature had depicted as merely quaint became grotesque, the grotesque became preternatural; for all was in extremity.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
grovelspeak spelling word quiz 
v. crawl or creep on ground; remain prostrate
It was altogether unaccountable that a young gentleman whose imagination had been strangled in his cradle, should be still inconvenienced by its ghost in the form of grovelling sensualities; but such a monster, beyond all doubt, was Tom.
Hard Times - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
haplessspeak spelling word quiz 
a. without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
I told her that I believed she had given me a faithful account of herself, and that we had both been hapless instruments in designing hands.
David Copperfield - Chapter 32
By Charles Dickens Context
havocspeak spelling word quiz 
n. wide and general destruction; devastation; waste
helplessspeak spelling word quiz 
a. unable to help oneself; powerless or incompetent; powerless; weak
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
But, Oliver felt it not, as it beat against him; for he still lay stretched, helpless and unconscious, on his bed of clay.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
heritagespeak spelling word quiz 
n. legacy; something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition
hewspeak spelling word quiz 
v. cut with an ax; fell with a sharp instrument; form or shape with a sharp instrument; cut
Then, she gave the knife a final smart wipe on the edge of the plaster, and then sawed a very thick round off the loaf: which she finally, before separating from the loaf, hewed into two halves, of which Joe got one, and I the other.
Great Expectations - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
Some of them simply dreads those iron men, as they call them, those machines for hewing the coal, where men always did it before.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 9
By D H Lawrence Context
hoaxspeak spelling word quiz 
n. act intended to deceive or trick; practical joke
horticulturespeak spelling word quiz 
n. cultivation of plants
hovelspeak spelling word quiz 
n. shack; small, wretched house
She looked, and saw a flickering firelight proceeding from the open side of a hovel a little way before them.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
humdrumspeak spelling word quiz 
a. lacking variety or excitement; monotonous
humiliatespeak spelling word quiz 
v. cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
Bumble opened the door, and walked in with a very fierce and angry manner: which was at once exchanged for a most humiliated and cowering air, as his eyes unexpectedly rested on the form of his lady wife.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
Really, if you looked closely at Clifford, he was a buffoon, and a buffoon is more humiliating than a bounder.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
To own to the partial truth of what he had heard would be distressing as long as the humiliating position resulting from the event was unimproved.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
humilityspeak spelling word quiz 
n. quality or condition of being humble; low estimate of one's self; self-abasement
Sparsit, with an affectation of humility the very opposite of his, and therefore in no danger of jostling it.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
To call or to fancy it a loss, a disappointment, would be a presumption for which she had not words strong enough to satisfy her own humility.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 27
By Jane Austen Context
There was humility in her grief, no defiance in her attitude; and when this is the case a shaken spirit is apt to be stilled.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
hybridspeak spelling word quiz 
n. something of mixed origin or composition
hypocritespeak spelling word quiz 
n. one who puts on a false appearance of virtue; one who pretends to hold beliefs
It was very remarkable that a young gentleman who had been brought up under one continuous system of unnatural restraint, should be a hypocrite; but it was certainly the case with Tom.
Hard Times - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
It was bad enough that a Mrs Clay should be always before her; but that a deeper hypocrite should be added to their party, seemed the destruction of everything like peace and comfort.
Persuasion - Chapter 22
By Jane Austen Context
hysteriaspeak spelling word quiz 
n. behavior exhibiting excessive or uncontrollable emotion, such as fear or panic; mental disorder
This state of falsity had now brought on that crisis of falsity and dislocation, hysteria, which is a form of insanity.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 19
By D H Lawrence Context
idiomspeak spelling word quiz 
n. expression whose meaning differs from meanings of its individual words; distinctive style
illegitimatespeak spelling word quiz 
a. not according to law; not regular or authorized; unlawful; improper
illustriousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. possessing luster or brightness; brilliant; luminous; splendid
Micawber, your humble servant, and I may add our children, have jointly and severally arrived, than by borrowing the language of an illustrious poet, to reply that our Boat is on the shore, and our Bark is on the sea.
David Copperfield - Chapter 54
By Charles Dickens Context
impartialspeak spelling word quiz 
a. not biased; fair; showing lack of favoritism
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 - Chapter 35
By Jane Austen Context
impeachspeak spelling word quiz 
v. make an accusation against; challenge or discredit the credibility of
imperativespeak spelling word quiz 
n. having power command or control; critically importance; some duty that is essential and urgent
Imperative mood, present tense: Do not thou go home, let him not go home, let us not go home, do not ye or you go home, let not them go home.
Great Expectations - Chapter 45
By Charles Dickens Context
imperialspeak spelling word quiz 
a. like an emperor; related to an empire; ruling over extensive territories
The speaker, and the schoolmaster, and the third grown person present, all backed a little, and swept with their eyes the inclined plane of little vessels then and there arranged in order, ready to have imperial gallons of facts poured into them until they were full to the brim.
Hard Times - Chapter 1
By Charles Dickens Context
impersonalspeak spelling word quiz 
a. having no personal preference; objective
The drops which lashed her face were not scorpions, but prosy rain; Egdon in the mass was no monster whatever, but impersonal open ground.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context