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 8

sanctimoniousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious
He was donned in his Sunday garments, with his most sanctimonious and sourest face, and, holding his hat in one hand, and his stick in the other, he proceeded to clean his shoes on the mat.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 19
By Emily Bronte Context
sanguinespeak spelling word quiz 
a. cheerfully confident; optimistic; of healthy reddish color; ruddy
Micawber may have concealed his difficulties from me in the first instance, but his sanguine temper may have led him to expect that he would overcome them.
David Copperfield - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
In seasons of cheerfulness, no temper could be more cheerful than hers, or possess, in a greater degree, that sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 2
By Jane Austen Context
sardonicspeak spelling word quiz 
a. disdainful or ironically humorous; cynical; scornful and mocking
The carriage stopped, the doctor alighted, walked swiftly back to where I had also halted, and told me in an excellent sardonic fashion that he feared the road was narrow, and that he hoped his carriage did not impede the passage of my bicycle.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
scrupulousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. exactly and carefully conducted; by extreme care and great effort; cautious
Well, the temptation of sudden wealth so easily acquired was too much for you, as it has been for better men before you; but you were not very scrupulous in the means you used.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
As a sister, so partial and so angry, and so little scrupulous of what she said, and in another light so triumphant and secure, she was in every way an object of painful alarm.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 36
By Jane Austen Context
If we were not related, it would not signify; but as cousins, she would feel scrupulous as to any proposal of ours.
Persuasion - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
secularspeak spelling word quiz 
a. worldly rather than spiritual; not specifically relating to religion; lasting from century to century
He stated that his discourses to people were to be sometimes secular, and sometimes religious, but never dogmatic; and that his texts would be taken from all kinds of books.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
serendipityspeak spelling word quiz 
n. gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck
slothspeak spelling word quiz 
n. laziness; apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue; any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals
squanderspeak spelling word quiz 
v. spend wastefully; fail to take advantage of; lose a chance for
He learned to play heavily at cards and to squander money on the turf, until he had again and again to come to me and implore me to give him an advance upon his allowance, that he might settle his debts of honour.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He had left her, when only eighteen; robbed her of jewels and money; gambled, squandered, forged, and fled to London: where for two years he had associated with the lowest outcasts.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
staticspeak spelling word quiz 
a. having no motion; being at rest; fixed; stationary
stigmatizespeak spelling word quiz 
v. accuse; condemn; mark as wicked
surfeitspeak spelling word quiz 
v. eat until excessively full; be more than full; feed someone to excess
surrogatespeak spelling word quiz 
n. one that takes position of another; substitute
One of our clerks, who was an outsider, used, in the height of this contest, to sit with his hat on, that he might be ready to rush out and swear before a surrogate any victim who was brought in.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
temerityspeak spelling word quiz 
n. boldness; rashness; foolhardy disregard of danger
He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity: 'Please, sir, I want some more.'
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
temperatespeak spelling word quiz 
a. restrained; self-controlled; moderate in degree or quality
Bumble sat himself down in the house at which the coach stopped; and took a temperate dinner of steaks, oyster sauce, and porter.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
Dashwood, trusting to the temperate account of her own disappointment which Elinor had sent her, was led away by the exuberance of her joy to think only of what would increase it.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 45
By Jane Austen Context
tenablespeak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of being held, maintained, or defended, as against an assailant or objector, or against attempts to take or process
tenaciousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. sticking together; stubbornly unyielding; holding together firmly
tenuousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. long and thin; slender; having little substance
tiradespeak spelling word quiz 
n. extended scolding; long angry or violent speech
touchstonespeak spelling word quiz 
n. stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; excellent quality used to test excellence or genuineness of others
toutspeak spelling word quiz 
v. advertize in strongly positive terms; praise excessively; show off
urbanespeak spelling word quiz 
a. showing a high degree of refinement
usurpspeak spelling word quiz 
v. seize and hold power or rights of another by force or without legal authority
Her day was divided between us; no amusement usurped a minute: she neglected her meals, her studies, and her play; and she was the fondest nurse that ever watched.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 23
By Emily Bronte Context
vapidspeak spelling word quiz 
a. dull and unimaginative; lacking taste or flavor
veneratespeak spelling word quiz 
v. treat with great respect and deference; consider hallowed or be in awe of
verisimilitudespeak spelling word quiz 
n. appearance of truth; probability; likelihood
vernacularspeak spelling word quiz 
n. everyday speech of people, as distinguished from literary language; natural style; standard native language of a country or locality
vestigespeak spelling word quiz 
n. trace; remains; indication that something has been happened
I confine myself to throwing out the observation, that, at the hour and place I have indicated, may be found such ruined vestiges as yet.
David Copperfield - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
vexspeak spelling word quiz 
v. annoy; disturb, especially by minor irritations; be a mystery or bewildering to
Aunt Polly was vexed to think she had overlooked that bit of circumstantial evidence, and missed a trick.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 1
By Mark Twain Context
I suppose you have had as little to vex you since you came into this house as any creature in the world.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
Elizabeth could hardly help laughing at so convenient a proposal; yet was really vexed that her mother should be always giving him such an epithet.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 59
By Jane Austen Context
viablespeak spelling word quiz 
a. practical or workable; capable of maintaining life; capable of continuing effectiveness
vicariousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. acting as substitute; done by deputy; experienced at secondhand
My sister, having so much to do, was going to church vicariously, that is to say, Joe and I were going.
Great Expectations - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
vilifyspeak spelling word quiz 
v. debase; degrade; spread negative information about
vindicatespeak spelling word quiz 
v. clear from blame; exonerate; maintain, uphold, or defend
He was anxious, while vindicating himself, to say nothing unkind of the others: but there was only one amongst them whose conduct he could mention without some necessity of defence or palliation.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
virulentspeak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter
volatilespeak spelling word quiz 
a. tending to vary often or widely, as in price; inconstant or fickle; tending to violence
wantonspeak spelling word quiz 
a. unrestrained; willfully malicious; immoral or unchaste
To have imposed any derogatory work upon him, would have been to inflict a wanton insult on the feelings of a most respectable man.
David Copperfield - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
Do not think yourself excused by any weakness, any natural defect of understanding on her side, in the wanton cruelty so evident on yours.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 44
By Jane Austen Context
wistfulspeak spelling word quiz 
a. full of wishful yearning or longing; sadly thoughtful
The dog sat at the bedside: now eyeing his master with a wistful look, and now pricking his ears, and uttering a low growl as some noise in the street, or in the lower part of the house, attracted his attention.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
Before quite leaving her he threw upon her face a wistful glance, as if he had misgivings on the generosity of forsaking her thus.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
zealousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. enthusiastic; filled with or motivated by zeal
Every thing that the most zealous affection, the most solicitous care could do to render her comfortable, was the office of each watchful companion, and each found their reward in her bodily ease, and her calmness of spirits.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 46
By Jane Austen Context