10th Grade Spelling Words

Organized as 8 lists, each list has pages for vocabulary, online spelling card, and printable worksheet. Vocabulary page not only hosts explanations and examples, but also includes spelling, testing, and other online study tools.
Grade 10: Vocabulary - List 8

solventspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. able to pay all debts; capable of meeting financial obligations
somberspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. gloomy; depressing or grave; dull or dark in color
spasmspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. involuntary and unnatural contraction of one or more muscles or muscular fibers
Her rage got the better of her again, for a moment; but it passed over her face like a spasm, and left her smiling.
David Copperfield - Chapter 50
By Charles Dickens Context
Finally, on the top corridor, which ran outside three untenanted bedrooms, he again was seized with a spasm of merriment.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
A spasm of pain contorted his features; he threw his hands out in front of him, staggered, and then, with a hoarse cry, fell heavily upon the floor.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
spontaneousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. arising without external cause; growing without cultivation or human labor
On the contrary, he was burningly, poignantly grateful for a piece of natural, spontaneous kindness: almost to tears.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context
It seems, on the contrary, to have been a perfectly spontaneous, untaught feeling on his side, and this surprises me.
Persuasion - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
stabilityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the quality or state of something that is not easily changed or likely to change
stagnantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not moving or flowing; lacking vitality or briskness; stale; dull
It was as if a sweet clear spring had begun to rise in a stagnant pool and had risen and risen until at last it swept the dark water away.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 27
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
It was a stagnant, warm, and misty night, full of all the heavy perfumes of new vegetation not yet dried by hot sun, and among these particularly the scent of the fern.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line of fine shops and stately business premises that they really abutted on the other side upon the faded and stagnant square which we had just quitted.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
stalwartspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by imposing physical strength; firmly built; firm and resolute
We had all risen to our feet, our prisoner breathing hard, with a stalwart constable on each side of him.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He banged at the door, and presently the heads of the old man and his two stalwart sons were thrust from windows.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 29
By Mark Twain Context
stancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. attitude or position of a standing person or animal; posture; mental posture; point of view
sterilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. barren; infertile; incapable of reproducing; free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms
stigmaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. symbol of disgrace; small mark, as scar or birthmark; mark made with red-hot iron
stimulatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. encourage; motivate; arouse; spur; excite or invigorate with a stimulant
There is a mystery about this which stimulates the imagination; where there is no imagination there is no horror.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
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
And she used all her aroused cheerfulness and satisfaction to stimulate Clifford, so that he wrote his best at this time, and was almost happy in his strange blind way.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context
stolidspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. dull; impassive; having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
Then she sat swaying her body to and fro, and making gestures with her unnerved arm, which seemed intended as the accompaniment to a fit of laughter, though her face was stolid and drowsy.
Hard Times - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
stupefyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make senseless or dizzy; be mystery or bewildering to
He gazed in stupefied astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds, and then clung for support to the copper.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
He journeyed onward, not quickly or decisively, but in the slow walk of one who has been awakened from a stupefying sleep.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
But I was in a manner stupefied by this turning up of my old misdeed and old acquaintance, and could think of nothing else.
Great Expectations - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
stuporspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. state of reduced or suspended sensibility; daze; lack of awareness
Three dreadful days and nights dragged their tedious hours along, and the village sank into a hopeless stupor.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 30
By Mark Twain Context
After sitting in a stupor of bitter thoughts until midnight, he got suddenly from his chair and reached for his coat and gun.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
After a short return of the stupor in which he had been so long plunged, Oliver: urged by a creeping sickness at his heart, which seemed to warn him that if he lay there, he must surely die: got upon his feet, and essayed to walk.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
suavespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication; having a sophisticated charm
Contemplating the suave indifference with which he generally treated her, Scarlett frequently wondered, but with no real curiosity, why he had married her.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 50
By Margaret Mitche Context
His voice was as smooth and suave as his countenance, as he advanced with a plump little hand extended, murmuring his regret for having missed us at his first visit.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
subsidespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. settle down; sink to a lower level or form depression; wear off or die down
The thunder, which seemed in fact much nearer, and to shiver and break almost over their heads, having subsided, Monks, raising his face from the table, bent forward to listen to what the woman should say.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
As the days went on, I noticed more and more that he would lie placidly looking at the white ceiling, with an absence of light in his face until some word of mine brightened it for an instant, and then it would subside again.
Great Expectations - Chapter 56
By Charles Dickens Context
sundryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. various; miscellaneous; separate; distinct; diverse
These things, said indiscriminately to all and sundry, of course do not help him at all, and the rector, and Finley, and Burroughs all think it would be as well if the man left the place.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
Besides these, there were sundry immense manuscript Books of Evidence taken on affidavit, strongly bound, and tied together in massive sets, a set to each cause, as if every cause were a history in ten or twenty volumes.
David Copperfield - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
Master Bates backed this advice with sundry moral admonitions of his own: which, being exhausted, he and his friend Mr. Dawkins launched into a glowing description of the numerous pleasures incidental to the life they led.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
superimposespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. place over something else; place on top of
superlativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an exaggerated expression, usually of praise; the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
Bounderby carried it off in these terms, holding the door open for the company to depart, there was a blustering sheepishness upon him, at once extremely crestfallen and superlatively absurd.
Hard Times - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
surreptitiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. secret; done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently
symmetryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. arrangement of parts so that balance is obtained; congruity
syntheticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. artificial; involving or of the nature of synthesis as opposed to analysis
tabulatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. arrange or enter in tabular form; shape or cut with a flat surface
taintspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. contaminate; cause to lose purity; affect with or as if with a disease; corrupt morally
The sweet perfume of the flowers had already spread into the surrounding air, which, being free from every taint, conducted to her lips a full measure of the fragrance received from the spire of blossom in its midst.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
tangentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. ratio of the opposite to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle
tantalizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. tease; torture with disappointment; bait someone by showing something desirable but leaving them unsatisfied
Steerforth was considerate, too; and showed his consideration, in one particular instance, in an unflinching manner that was a little tantalizing, I suspect, to poor Traddles and the rest.
David Copperfield - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
On account of your rebellious manner to me I was tempted to go further than I should have done; and when you still would keep playing the same tantalizing part I went further still, and married her.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
tartspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a species of small open pie, or piece of pastry, containing jelly or conserve; a sort of fruit pie
tawdryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. cheap in nature or appearance; tastelessly showy; shameful or indecent
temperancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. moderation or self-restraint, especially in eating and drinking; avoiding excesses
On these occasions I have noticed such a dreamy, vacant expression in his eyes, that I might have suspected him of being addicted to the use of some narcotic, had not the temperance and cleanliness of his whole life forbidden such a notion.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
theoremspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an idea accepted as a demonstrable truth; a proposition deducible from basic postulates
tierspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a relative position or degree of value in a graded group; one of two or more layers one atop another
timelyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. being or occurring in good time; sufficiently early; seasonable
A timely observation of the sense of power that there was in his face, did more to bring back to my remembrance the entreaty of Agnes, in its full force, than any effort I could have made.
David Copperfield - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
tolerablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of being borne or endured; supportable, either physically or mentally.
I explained with tolerable firmness, that I really did not know where my means of subsistence were to come from, unless I could earn them for myself.
David Copperfield - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
The crowd washed back sudden, and then broke all apart, and went tearing off every which way, and Buck Harkness he heeled it after them, looking tolerable cheap.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Chapter 22
By Mark Twain Context
torridspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. passionate; hot or scorching; hurried or rapid
torsospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. body excluding head and neck and limbs
transcribespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. copy; write over again in same words
transposespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. substitute one for the other of; reverse or transfer order or place of; interchange
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
tributaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. branch that flows into the main stream; tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
Entering at the open door of one of these, and releasing my arm, she beckoned me to follow her up the common staircase, which was like a tributary channel to the street.
David Copperfield - Chapter 50
By Charles Dickens Context
tumultspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. noise, as made by a crowd; riot or uprising
Bennet perhaps surpassing the rest; though, when the first tumult of joy was over, she began to declare that it was what she had expected all the while.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 2
By Jane Austen Context
The howl and roar, the rattling of the doors and windows, the rumbling in the chimneys, the apparent rocking of the very house that sheltered me, and the prodigious tumult of the sea, were more fearful than in the morning.
David Copperfield - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
ultimatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. final; being the last or concluding; fundamental; elemental; extreme
Norris will be as good for your mind as riding has been for your health, and as much for your ultimate happiness too.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
Its finder has carried it off, therefore, to fulfil the ultimate destiny of a goose, while I continue to retain the hat of the unknown gentleman who lost his Christmas dinner.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
ultimatumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. last offer; final statement of terms made by one party to another
He, too, in his way, was overwrought; but he had to listen to all Hilda said, to all the doctor had said, not what Michaelis had said, of course, and he sat mum through the ultimatum.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
uncouthspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
He ate in a ravenous way that was very disagreeable, and all his actions were uncouth, noisy, and greedy.
Great Expectations - Chapter 40
By Charles Dickens Context
Toller, for that is his name, is a rough, uncouth man, with grizzled hair and whiskers, and a perpetual smell of drink.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
To many persons this Egdon was a place which had slipped out of its century generations ago, to intrude as an uncouth object into this.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
unerringspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not liable to error; always right or accurate
With unerring African instinct, the negroes had all discovered that Gerald had a loud bark and no bite at all, and they took shameless advantage of him.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 3
By Margaret Mitche Context
With the unerring instinct of her noble heart, she touched the chords of my memory so softly and harmoniously, that not one jarred within me; I could listen to the sorrowful, distant music, and desire to shrink from nothing it awoke.
David Copperfield - Chapter 60
By Charles Dickens Context
unifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. integrate; make into or become one unit
unkemptspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. untidy; dirty; uncared for in appearance
He was unkempt, uncombed, and clad in the same old ruin of rags that had made him picturesque in the days when he was free and happy.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 35
By Mark Twain Context
There was a movement and an exclamation from my right, and peering through the gloom, I saw Whitney, pale, haggard, and unkempt, staring out at me.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
urbanspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. metropolitan; of, relating to, or located in a city
usagespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act of using; accepted or habitual practice; the customary manner in which a language is spoken or written
It is not really long, in weeks or months; but, in my usage and experience, it is a weary, weary while.
David Copperfield - Chapter 53
By Charles Dickens Context
She could not endure the idea of treachery or levity, or anything akin to ill usage between him and his friend.
Persuasion - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
The simple fact was, that Oliver, instead of possessing too little feeling, possessed rather too much; and was in a fair way of being reduced, for life, to a state of brutal stupidity and sullenness by the ill usage he had received.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
variablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. factor; something that is likely to vary; changeable; inconstant
vigilspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe; a period of sleeplessness
It proved, however, that our vigil was not to be so long as Holmes had led us to fear, and it ended in a very sudden and singular fashion.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Through all my punishments, disgraces, fasts, and vigils, and other penitential performances, I had nursed this assurance; and to my communing so much with it, in a solitary and unprotected way, I in great part refer the fact that I was morally timid and very sensitive.
Great Expectations - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
vigilantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. attentive to discover and avoid danger, or to provide for safety; wakeful; watchful; circumspect; wary
No company, a walk, a family dinner of four, and an evening of looking over books and pictures; Miss Murdstone with a homily before her, and her eye upon us, keeping guard vigilantly.
David Copperfield - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
visualizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make visual, or visible; see in fancy; form a mental image of
vitalityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. energetic style; being able to survive and grow; capacity to live, grow, or develop
That he could have gone on after receiving such an injury said much for the vitality and courage of the man.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The steam of so much boredom, and discontent and anger out of all the people, just kills the vitality in the air.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 8
By D H Lawrence Context
The instincts of merry England lingered on here with exceptional vitality, and the symbolic customs which tradition has attached to each season of the year were yet a reality on Egdon.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
waifspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. homeless person, especially orphaned child; abandoned young animal
The Elder to whose care the two waifs had been committed, led them to his waggon, where a meal was already awaiting them.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
wanspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having a pale or sickly color; unnaturally pale, as from physical or emotional distress
There was a very dirty lady in his little room, and two wan girls, his daughters, with shock heads of hair.
David Copperfield - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
The child was pale and wan, but her healthy arms and legs showed that she had suffered less than her companion.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Bumble, on whom the earnest manner and wan aspect of the child had made some impression: accustomed as he was to such things.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
Her pretty face was wan and listless; her hair uncurled: some locks hanging lankly down, and some carelessly twisted round her head.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 14
By Emily Bronte Context
wendspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. go in a specified direction, typically slowly or by an indirect route
Fagin wended his way, through mud and mire, to his gloomy abode: where the Dodger was sitting up, impatiently awaiting his return.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
The boy mused awhile over the substantial change which had taken place in his worldly circumstances, and then wended toward headquarters to report.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 2
By Mark Twain Context
whetspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. sharpen, as knife; make more keen; stimulate
He saw before him in one of the valleys the gleaming of whetted iron, and advancing, dimly perceived that the shine came from the tool of a man who was cutting furze.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context