11th 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 11: Vocabulary - List 1

abashspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert
Louisa stood looking at the pretty modest head, as it drooped abashed before her, until it was raised again to glance at her face.
Hard Times - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
The titter that rippled around the room appeared to abash the boy, but in reality that result was caused rather more by his worshipful awe of his unknown idol and the dread pleasure that lay in his high good fortune.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 6
By Mark Twain Context
abatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity
She knew I did; for the stateliness of her manner already abated towards me, except when she spoke in praise of him, and then her air was always lofty.
David Copperfield - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
He walked up one street, and down another, until exercise had abated the first passion of his grief; and then the revulsion of feeling made him thirsty.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
The scarlet of her lips had not had time to abate, and just now it appeared still more intense by the absence of the neighbouring and more transient colour of her cheek.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
abdicatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
aberrationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a disorder in one's mental state; a state or condition markedly different from the norm
abjectspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. being of the most miserable kind; wretched; lacking pride; brought low in condition or status
Yeobright had well considered all that, and she only thought how best to make her visit appear to Eustacia not abject but wise.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
In this progress I was much annoyed by the abject Pumblechook, who, being behind me, persisted all the way as a delicate attention in arranging my streaming hatband, and smoothing my cloak.
Great Expectations - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
abnegatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. give up or surrender; deny something to oneself
abortivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unsuccessful; failing to accomplish an intended objective; fruitless
abridgespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. condense; shorten; reduce length of written text
absolvespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. let off hook; relieve of requirement or obligation
But, I believe the time has come when it would be mistaken faith and delicacy to conceal it any longer, and when your appeal absolves me from his injunction.
David Copperfield - Chapter 45
By Charles Dickens Context
She read me what she had written; and it was direct and clear, and evidently intended to absolve me from any suspicion of profiting by the receipt of the money.
Great Expectations - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
abstinentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. self-restraining; not indulging an appetite especially for food or drink
I vainly reminded him of his protracted abstinence from food: if he stirred to touch anything in compliance with my entreaties, if he stretched his hand out to get a piece of bread, his fingers clenched before they reached it, and remained on the table, forgetful of their aim.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 34
By Emily Bronte Context
abstrusespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. obscure; profound; difficult to understand.
But I had no inclination for the law, even in this less abstruse study of it, which my family approved.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 19
By Jane Austen Context
abysmalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. bottomless; very profound; limitless; very bad
accoladespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. award of merit; expression of approval; praise
accostspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request
When we accosted him, his manner was something more confused, and something less genteel, than of yore.
David Copperfield - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
So, he spelt the bill through again, from beginning to end; and then, touching his fur cap in token of humility, accosted the gentleman in the white waistcoat.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens Context
acerbicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. sour or bitter in taste; harsh or corrosive in tone
acquiescespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. assent; accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively
Cathy was a powerful ally at home; and between them they at length persuaded my master to acquiesce in their having a ride or a walk together about once a week, under my guardianship, and on the moors nearest the Grange: for June found him still declining.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 25
By Emily Bronte Context
acrimoniousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
acumenspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. mental keenness; quickness of perception
His very intensity and acumen in the affairs of the pits seemed like a manifestation of madness to her, his very inspirations were the inspirations of insanity.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 15
By D H Lawrence Context
adamantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely hard; inflexible; stubbornly unyielding
Utterly heedless of the wear and tear of her clothes and constitution, and adamant to her pathetic sneezes, Mr. Bounderby immediately crammed her into a coach, and bore her off to Stone Lodge.
Hard Times - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
adherentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. person who adheres; one who follows or upholds a leader, party, cause
He gathered quite a following of lads interested in the exhibition; and one that had cut his finger and had been a centre of fascination and homage up to this time, now found himself suddenly without an adherent, and shorn of his glory.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 6
By Mark Twain Context
admonishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
It was with a singular jumble of sadness and pleasure that I used to linger about my native place, until the reddening winter sun admonished me that it was time to start on my returning walk.
David Copperfield - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
adulationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. excessive flattery or admiration; unmerited praise
aestheticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste
A man who advocates aesthetic effort and deprecates social effort is only likely to be understood by a class to which social effort has become a stale matter.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
aestheticsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste, emphasizing the evaluative criteria that are applied to art
A man who advocates aesthetic effort and deprecates social effort is only likely to be understood by a class to which social effort has become a stale matter.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
affectationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
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
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
The persons on whom I have bestowed my dearest love, lie deep in their graves; but, although the happiness and delight of my life lie buried there too, I have not made a coffin of my heart, and sealed it up, forever, on my best affections.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
affinityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. natural attraction, liking, or feeling of kinship; relationship by marriage
Yeobright had shown him that grim friendliness which at last arises in all such cases of undesired affinity.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
affluentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
I had the happiness to know you in former times, and the Drama has ever had a claim which has ever been acknowledged, on the noble and the affluent.
Great Expectations - Chapter 31
By Charles Dickens Context
aggregatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
agnosticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one who is skeptical of existence of a god or any ultimate reality
alacrityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
Some of the boys about me put in their claim not to be forgotten in the distribution of the good things, as I got out of my seat with great alacrity.
David Copperfield - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
There could be only the most proper alacrity, a most obliging compliance for public view; and smiles reined in and spirits dancing in private rapture.
Persuasion - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
The girl jumped up, with great alacrity; poured it quickly out, but with her back towards him; and held the vessel to his lips, while he drank off the contents.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
alleviatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. provide physical relief, as from pain; make easier; remove in part
My depression was not alleviated by the announcement, for, I had supposed that establishment to be an hotel kept by Mr. Barnard, to which the Blue Boar in our town was a mere public-house.
Great Expectations - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
allusionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor
Collins had a compliment, and an allusion to throw in here, which were kindly smiled on by the mother and daughter.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 37
By Jane Austen Context
Gregson and Lestrade seemed to be far from satisfied by this assurance, or by the depreciating allusion to the detective police.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
She made no allusion to it afterwards, and I made none, for a promise is a promise, but she has never known an easy hour from that moment.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening on the very morning of the wedding.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
altruismspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
ambiencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. particular environment or surrounding influence; atmosphere of environment
amelioratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make or become better; improve; grow better
amenityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. pleasantness resulting from agreeable conditions
amiablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly
Micawber was, down to the very last moment of the evening, when I took a hearty farewell of himself and his amiable wife.
David Copperfield - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
Yet it was remarkable that she sat as still as ever the amiable woman in ambuscade had seen her sit, at any period in her life.
Hard Times - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
antithesisspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a contrast or opposition between two things; direct contrast
apatheticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
He hustled on his overcoat, and bustled about in a way that showed that an energetic fit had superseded the apathetic one.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
aphorismspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. definition or concise statement of principle; tersely phrased statement of truth or opinion
ardentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. displaying or by strong enthusiasm or devotion; passionate
After some rest and change, I fell to work, in my old ardent way, on a new fancy, which took strong possession of me.
David Copperfield - Chapter 58
By Charles Dickens Context
He recalled her memory with ardent, tender love, and hopeful aspiring to the better world; where he doubted not she was gone.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 17
By Emily Bronte Context
attritionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
But the incidents of his adventure grew sensibly sharper and clearer under the attrition of thinking them over, and so he presently found himself leaning to the impression that the thing might not have been a dream, after all.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 27
By Mark Twain Context
atypicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not normal; unusual or irregular; not representative of a group, class, or type
augustspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. impressive; majestic; inspiring awe or admiration
For frivolity and jokes and spotted tights were an offense, when they intruded themselves upon a spirit that was exalted into the vague august realm of the romantic.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 8
By Mark Twain Context
auspiciousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
There was an improving party assembled on the auspicious occasion, who knew what everything they had to eat and drink was made of, and how it was imported or exported, and in what quantities, and in what bottoms, whether native or foreign, and all about it.
Hard Times - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
authoritativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having weight of authority; peremptory and dictatorial
avowspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. declare openly; acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly
My avowed one, or what I avowed to myself, was to see whether your sister were still partial to Bingley, and if she were, to make the confession to him which I have since made.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 60
By Jane Austen Context
awryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a position that is turned toward one side; away from correct course
A cold supper was ready upon the table, and when his needs were satisfied and his pipe alight he was ready to take that half comic and wholly philosophic view which was natural to him when his affairs were going awry.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
banalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
bastionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. fortress; projecting part of fortification; well-fortified position
belaborspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. discuss repeatedly; attack verbally; work hard upon
blasphemyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of claiming for oneself the attributes and rights of God; utterance or writing concerning God or a sacred entity
Sikes tried a little blasphemy: and finding that mode of treatment wholly ineffectual, called for assistance.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
This, at the time I write, has been proved, I believe, to be the case; but, as it would have been flat blasphemy against the system to have hinted such a doubt then, I looked out for the penitence as diligently as I could.
David Copperfield - Chapter 61
By Charles Dickens Context
blithespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. joyous; showing a lack of proper thought or care; not caring or worrying
On the present festive occasion he emerged from his room, when the blithe bells were going, the picture of misery, in a full suit of Sunday penitentials.
Great Expectations - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context