11th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 11: Vocabulary - List 6

maudlinspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. tearfully sentimental; over-emotional; sickly-sentimental
Bounderby went to bed, with a maudlin persuasion that he had been crossed in something tender, though he could not, for his life, have mentioned what it was.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
maximspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. proverb; formulation of fundamental principle or general truth
She was born to discover the falsehood of her own opinions, and to counteract, by her conduct, her most favourite maxims.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
But he applied that maxim to our marriage, my dear; and that was so far prematurely entered into, in consequence, that I never recovered the expense.
David Copperfield - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
mayhemspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. offense of willfully maiming or crippling a person; state of violent disorder; havoc; physical disturbance
mendicantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. beggar; religious friar forbidden to own personal property who begs for living
metamorphosisspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function; major transformation
metaphysicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. without material form or substance; based on abstract reasoning; highly abstract or theoretical; supernatural
milieuspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. environment; person’s social setting or environment
militiaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
In a moment, the Home Guard and the militia unit in their bright uniforms shook the narrow stairs and crowded into the room, bowing, saluting, shaking hands.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 9
By Margaret Mitche Context
At present, indeed, they were well supplied both with news and happiness by the recent arrival of a militia regiment in the neighbourhood; it was to remain the whole winter, and Meryton was the headquarters.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 7
By Jane Austen Context
minutiaespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. petty details; small particular or detail; a minute or trivial matter of fact
It was a worn whisper, dry and papery, and it brushed so distinctly across the ear that, by the accustomed, the material minutiae in which it originated could be realized as by touch.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
She had a great deal to listen to; all the particulars of past sad scenes, all the minutiae of distress upon distress, which in former conversations had been merely hinted at, were dwelt on now with a natural indulgence.
Persuasion - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
misanthropicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. believing the worst of human nature and motives; hating mankind in general
He walked up and down, with his hands in his pockets, apparently quite forgetting my presence; and his abstraction was evidently so deep, and his whole aspect so misanthropical, that I shrank from disturbing him again.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 13
By Emily Bronte Context
mollifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make less rigid or softer; calm in temper or feeling
monsieurspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. used as a French courtesy title; equivalent to English 'Mr'
mootspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. open to argument or debate; subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty, and typically not admitting of a final decision
morosespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. ill humored; sullen; depressingly dark; gloomy; persistent
As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and afterwards returned to England a morose and disappointed man.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
All that day and the next and the next Holmes was in a mood which his friends would call taciturn, and others morose.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
In a sulky triumph, Drummle showed his morose depreciation of the rest of us, in a more and more offensive degree, until he became downright intolerable.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
mortifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cause to experience shame or humiliation; embarrass
It is too ridiculous that such a girl as Thomasin could so mortify us as to get jilted on the wedding day.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
It cannot be doubted that Sir Walter and Elizabeth were shocked and mortified by the loss of their companion, and the discovery of their deception in her.
Persuasion - Chapter 24
By Jane Austen Context
I felt mortified to be of so little use in the boat; but, there were few better oarsmen than my two friends, and they rowed with a steady stroke that was to last all day.
Great Expectations - Chapter 54
By Charles Dickens Context
mulattospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an offspring of a black and a white parent
White, mulatto, and negro boys and girls were always there waiting their turns, resting, trading playthings, quarrelling, fighting, skylarking.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 2
By Mark Twain Context
Especially did she resent this in view of the enormous increase in mulatto babies in Atlanta since the Yankee soldiers had settled in the town.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 38
By Margaret Mitche Context
mundanespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly; concerned with commonplaces; ordinary
myriadspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of very large or indefinite number; of ten thousand
She was like a forest, like the dark interlacing of the oakwood, humming inaudibly with myriad unfolding buds.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
narcissismspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself
nebulousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lacking definite form or limits; hazy; cloudy
She was enabled to avoid puddles by the nebulous paleness which signified their presence, though beside anything less dark than the heath they themselves would have appeared as blackness.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
nefariousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. very wicked; infamous by being extremely wicked
nepotismspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. favoring of relatives or friends because of their relationship rather than their abilities
neuralspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or relating to neurons; relating to a nerve or the nervous system
nihilismspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the delusion that things do not exist; a sense that everything is unreal; complete denial of all established authority and institutions
nocturnalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of or relating to or occurring in the night; most active at night
That one dint in the short, green grass was the only material witness left of this inexplicable nocturnal flight.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The wheat crop was full of weeds, and it was discovered that on one of his nocturnal visits Snowball had mixed weed seeds with the seed corn.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
nostalgiaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. homesickness; bittersweet longing for things of past.
novelspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. previously unknown; strikingly new, unusual, or different; young
However novel and peculiar this testimony of attachment, I did not doubt the accuracy of the interpretation.
Great Expectations - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
To have all those noble Romans alive before me, and walking in and out for my entertainment, instead of being the stern taskmasters they had been at school, was a most novel and delightful effect.
David Copperfield - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
noxiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. harmful to living things; injurious to health
nuancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. subtle or slight degree of difference; small difference in meaning
obduratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion
Catherine, by instinct, must have divined it was obdurate perversity, and not dislike, that prompted this dogged conduct; for, after remaining an instant undecided, she stooped and impressed on his cheek a gentle kiss.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 32
By Emily Bronte Context
But he looked such a very obdurate butcher as he stood scraping the great block in the shop, and moreover, his appearance was so little improved by the loss of a front tooth which I had knocked out, that I thought it best to make no advances.
David Copperfield - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
obstinacyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the quality or state of being difficult to remedy, relieve, or subdue; resolute adherence to own ideas or desires
Because of your obstinacy, you may get yourself into a situation where your gallant fellow townsmen will be forced to avenge you by stringing up a few darkies.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 38
By Margaret Mitche Context
From the lower part of the face he appeared to be a man of strong character, with a thick, hanging lip, and a long, straight chin suggestive of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
occultspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. hidden from the eye or the understanding; invisible; secret; concealed; unknown
officiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others
I was heavier at heart when I packed up such of my books and clothes as still remained there to be sent to Dover, than I cared to show to Uriah Heep; who was so officious to help me, that I uncharitably thought him mighty glad that I was going.
David Copperfield - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
onerousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. burdensome or oppressive; not easily borne; wearing
opticsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the branch of physics that studies the physical properties of ligh; optical properties
opulentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. rich and superior in quality
Boots which extended halfway up his calves, and which were trimmed at the tops with rich brown fur, completed the impression of barbaric opulence which was suggested by his whole appearance.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
orthodoxspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. traditional; conservative in belief; adhering to established faith, especially in religion
Indeed, it is a question if the exclusive reign of this orthodox beauty is not approaching its last quarter.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
orthodoxyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a belief or orientation agreeing with conventional standards; the quality of being orthodox, especially in religion
ostentatiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
pacifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. ease anger or agitation of; make calm or quiet; end war or violence
This promise poorly pacified her; but time was more potent; and though still at intervals she inquired of her father when Linton would return, before she did see him again his features had waxed so dim in her memory that she did not recognise him.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 21
By Emily Bronte Context
palettespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. board on which painter mixes pigments
palpablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. tangible; easily perceptible; unmistakable
paltryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. insignificant; lacking in importance or worth; worthless
panaceaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all
paradigmspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one that serves as a pattern or model; system of assumptions, concepts, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality
paradoxspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. something apparently contradictory in nature; statement that looks false but is actually correct
parityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. equality in status or amount; similarity or close
parodyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony; make fun of
parsespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. analyze syntactically by assigning a constituent structure to a sentence
patentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. open for the public to read; obvious; plain
patriarchspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. father and ruler of family or tribe
Gradgrind, emerged from the shadow in which man walketh and disquieteth himself in vain, took upon her the dread solemnity of the sages and patriarchs.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
We thought a bolt had fallen in the middle of us; and Joseph swung on to his knees, beseeching the Lord to remember the patriarchs Noah and Lot, and, as in former times, spare the righteous, though he smote the ungodly.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 9
By Emily Bronte Context
patricianspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. belong to noble origin; having high birth
We articled clerks, as germs of the patrician order of proctors, were treated with so much consideration, that I was almost my own master at all times.
David Copperfield - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
With a large allowance for difference of tastes, and with all submission to the patricians of Coketown, this seemed so extraordinary a source of interest to take so much trouble about, that it perplexed him.
Hard Times - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
paucityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. scarcity; smallness of number; the presence of something only in small or insufficient amounts