11th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 11: Vocabulary - List 4

espousespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. take in marriage; marry; give one's loyalty or support to; adopt
evanescentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. fleeting; vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor
My feelings are not quite so evanescent, nor my memory of the past under such easy dominion as one finds to be the case with men of the world.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
He had thought he loved her to distraction; he had regarded his passion as adoration; and behold it was only a poor little evanescent partiality.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 3
By Mark Twain Context
evangelicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by ardent or zealous enthusiasm for a cause; of the teaching of the gospel or the Christian religion
exacerbatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. increase severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate
exaltedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. superior; elevated in rank, character, or status; of high moral or intellectual value
In the excited and exalted state of my brain, I could not think of a place without seeing it, or of persons without seeing them.
Great Expectations - Chapter 53
By Charles Dickens Context
Simon marriage, and its curious termination, have long ceased to be a subject of interest in those exalted circles in which the unfortunate bridegroom moves.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
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
exoneratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. acquit; free from blame; discharge from duty
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
expatriatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. someone who has withdrawn from his native land
expediencyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the quality of being convenient and practical despite possibly being improper or immoral
The board, in imitation of so wise and salutary an example, took counsel together on the expediency of shipping off Oliver Twist, in some small trading vessel bound to a good unhealthy port.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
More was not expected by one who, while seeing all the obligation and expediency of submission and forbearance, saw also with sympathetic acuteness of feeling all that must be hourly grating to a girl like Susan.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 40
By Jane Austen Context
expeditespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. process fast and efficiently; execute quickly and efficiently
Since such were her feelings, it only remained, he thought, to secure and expedite a marriage, which, in his very first conversation with Wickham, he easily learnt had never been his design.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 52
By Jane Austen Context
expressivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. effectively conveying thought or feeling; indicative
Distinctly as I recollect her look, I cannot say of what it was expressive, I cannot even say of what it is expressive to me now, rising again before my older judgement.
David Copperfield - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
Camilla laid her hand upon her heaving bosom, that lady assumed an unnatural fortitude of manner which I supposed to be expressive of an intention to drop and choke when out of view, and kissing her hand to Miss Havisham, was escorted forth.
Great Expectations - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
extraditionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. surrender of prisoner by one state to another; delivery by one state to another
fabricationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. making something a product from raw materials; the action or process of manufacturing or inventing something
facetiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. joking ,often inappropriately; humorous
However, he took affairs as coolly as it was in human nature to do, and entertained himself with the facetious idea of the training more than once.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
But, making Oliver cry, Noah attempted to be more facetious still; and in his attempt, did what many sometimes do to this day, when they want to be funny.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 6
By Charles Dickens Context
factionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a party of persons having a common end in view
farcicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce
fecundspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of producing offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive
felicityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. great happiness; pleasing and appropriate manner or style
Anne could do no more; but her heart prophesied some mischance to damp the perfection of her felicity.
Persuasion - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
I shall not lose you so soon, and Edward will have greater opportunity of improving that natural taste for your favourite pursuit which must be so indispensably necessary to your future felicity.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
ferocityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. savage wildness or fierceness; fury; cruelty
His head was horribly injured, and the whole room bore witness to the savage ferocity of the blow which had struck him down.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I wish he could have witnessed the horrible avidity with which Oliver tore the bits asunder with all the ferocity of famine.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
He delighted to witness Hindley degrading himself past redemption; and became daily more notable for savage sullenness and ferocity.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 8
By Emily Bronte Context
fetterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. restrain with U-shaped bar for ankles or feet; impede; hamper
The shortness of his visit, the steadiness of his purpose in leaving them, originated in the same fettered inclination, the same inevitable necessity of temporizing with his mother.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 19
By Jane Austen Context
fidelityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. faithfulness to obligations, duties, or observances
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
No wisdom on earth could have given me the comfort that I should have derived from their simplicity and fidelity; but I could never, never, undo what I had done.
Great Expectations - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
I can hardly believe, writing now long afterwards, but that I was actually present in these scenes; they are impressed upon me with such an astonishing air of fidelity.
David Copperfield - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
fiduciaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. involving trust, especially with regard to the relationship between a trustee and a beneficiary
finessespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling
You slur over work of the utmost finesse and delicacy, in order to dwell upon sensational details which may excite, but cannot possibly instruct, the reader.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
flagrantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous; flaming into notice
It was a dreadful picture of ingratitude and inhumanity; and Anne felt, at some moments, that no flagrant open crime could have been worse.
Persuasion - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
flamboyantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. elaborately or excessively ornamented
flimsyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. weak; feeble; limp; slight; vain; without strength or solidity
floutspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. reject; mock; express contempt for rules by word or action; behave with contempt
fomentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. try to stir up public opinion; promote growth of; apply warm lotion to
forthrightspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. directly ahead; straightforward
fortuitousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. accidental; by chance; coming or occurring without any cause
furtivelyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a way that attempts to avoid notice or attention; secretively
Ellen finished and Gerald, who could never find his beads at prayer time, began furtively counting his decade on his fingers.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 4
By Margaret Mitche Context
Presently she gave over skylarking, and moved irresolutely about, sighing once or twice and glancing furtively and wistfully toward Tom.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 18
By Mark Twain Context
futuristspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. someone who predicts the future
garrulousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
Only when he was alone with Mrs Bolton did he really feel a lord and a master, and his voice ran on with her almost as easily and garrulously as her own could run.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 9
By D H Lawrence Context
gesticulatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. show, express or direct through movement
A few moments later he was in our room, still puffing, still gesticulating, but with so fixed a look of grief and despair in his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and pity.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
grandiosespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. impressive from inherent grandeur; large and impressive, in size, scope or extent
gregariousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
grislyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. frightfully; terribly; causing horror or disgust
In the very experience of the nothingness of life, phase after phase, ├ętape after ├ętape, there was a certain grisly satisfaction.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 6
By D H Lawrence Context
He did not gather his eyebrows together, for he had none worth mentioning; but he frowned to that degree that he almost closed his small eyes, while the hurried raising of his grisly hand to his chin betrayed some trepidation or surprise.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
guilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. skillful deceit; disposition to deceive or cheat; disguise cunningly
hackneyedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
I detest jargon of every kind, and sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in but what was worn and hackneyed out of all sense and meaning.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
heydayspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. period of greatest popularity, success, or power; golden age
hiatusspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. gap; interruption in duration or continuity; pause
hierarchyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. arrangement by rank or standing; series in which each element is graded or ranked
homogenousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. all of the same or similar kind or nature
The scene was strangely homogeneous, in that the vale, the upland, the barrow, and the figure above it amounted only to unity.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
hyperbolespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis; overstatement
ideologyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. study of origin and nature of ideas
idiosyncrasyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
But the mind within was beginning to use it as a mere waste tablet whereon to trace its idiosyncrasies as they developed themselves.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
idyllicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. excellent and delightful in all respects
ignominyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. deep disgrace; shame or dishonor
Ignominy, Want, Despair, and Madness, have, collectively or separately, been the attendants of my career.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
illicitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. illegal; unlawful; not authorized or permitted
impeccablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. faultless; incapable of sin or wrongdoing
impetuousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate
Her narration was clear and simple; and though it could not be given without emotion, it was not accompanied by violent agitation, nor impetuous grief.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 37
By Jane Austen Context
The conservatory doors were standing open, and Rosa Dartle was walking, bareheaded, with a quick, impetuous step, up and down a gravel walk on one side of the lawn.
David Copperfield - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
implementspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. put into effect; supply with tools
Sometimes the work was hard; the implements had been designed for human beings and not for animals, and it was a great drawback that no animal was able to use any tool that involved standing on his hind legs.
Animal Farm - Chapter 3
By George Orwell Context
inanespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. silly; senseless; unconsciously foolish; void
incensespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. enrage; infuriate; cause to be extremely angry
Day after day passed away without bringing any other tidings of him than the report which shortly prevailed in Meryton of his coming no more to Netherfield the whole winter; a report which highly incensed Mrs. Bennet, and which she never failed to contradict as a most scandalous falsehood.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context