9th 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 9: Vocabulary - List 1

abashedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
Startled, at first abashed, Charles blushed at the rebuff and then, seeing how her eyes were fastened on his sister, he smiled.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 6
By Margaret Mitche Context
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
ablyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. with competence; in a competent capable manner
aboveboardspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. without concealment or deception; honest
absencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. state of being absent; state of being away
Upon the second day of his absence I received a telegram from the major, imploring me to come at once.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
In the middle of the summer Moses the raven suddenly reappeared on the farm, after an absence of several years.
Animal Farm - Chapter 9
By George Orwell Context
He had established a confidence with her, that absolutely turned upon her indifference towards her husband, and the absence, now and at all times, of any congeniality between them.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
absorptionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion; state of mental concentration
It had set me thinking a good deal at the time, as I have mentioned in its place; but my absorption in my own affairs, my experience of the family, and my hearing nothing more, had gradually ended in my dismissing the subject.
David Copperfield - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
abundantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. plentiful; possessing riches or resources
Gradgrind did not take after Blue Beard, his room was quite a blue chamber in its abundance of blue books.
Hard Times - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
Of pictures there were abundance, and some few good, but the larger part were family portraits, no longer anything to anybody but Mrs. Rushworth.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 9
By Jane Austen Context
accidentallyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. inadvertently; by chance; casually; fortuitously; not essentially or intrinsically
She put her hand accidentally upon the tapestry near her, and then sprang back, feeling quite startled.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 6
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
Crawford, as she accidentally did, coming up to the house again, and at an hour as early as the day before.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 32
By Jane Austen Context
Miss Lucas perceived him from an upper window as he walked towards the house, and instantly set out to meet him accidentally in the lane.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 22
By Jane Austen Context
accommodationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. living quarters provided for public convenience; something that meets a need; convenience
But I had as sound a sleep in that lodging as in the most superior accommodation the Boar could have given me, and the quality of my dreams was about the same as in the best bedroom.
Great Expectations - Chapter 58
By Charles Dickens Context
But they are very much alike: they are spoiled children, and fancy the world was made for their accommodation; and though I humour both, I think a smart chastisement might improve them all the same.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 10
By Emily Bronte Context
accompanimentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of accompanying someone or something
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
accuratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
I availed myself of your obliging hints to correct my timidity, and it is unnecessary to add that they were perfectly accurate.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
The elderly female was a woman of wisdom and experience; she knew what was good for children; and she had a very accurate perception of what was good for herself.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
achievementspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. feat; accomplishment; award for completing a particular task or meeting an objective
It had become usual to give Napoleon the credit for every successful achievement and every stroke of good fortune.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
He then went back to the house, and lingered round the door and windows till she should by some means or other learn of his achievement and come out to witness it.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
acquaintancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. personal knowledge or information about someone or something
Gradgrind always mentally introduced himself, whether to his private circle of acquaintance, or to the public in general.
Hard Times - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
I felt that I must have something in reserve for my dreadful acquaintance, and his ally the still more dreadful young man.
Great Expectations - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
I thank heaven that my compunction at leaving poor Staunton all alone in this plight caused me to turn my carriage back and so to make your acquaintance.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
administrationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. management; supervision; people who are in charge for management; activity of government for powers and duties
The Standard commented upon the fact that lawless outrages of the sort usually occurred under a Liberal Administration.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The administration of mutton instead of medicine, the substitution of Tea for Joe, and the baker for bacon, were among the mildest of my own mistakes.
Great Expectations - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
adolescentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity;
She had been supposed to have rather a good figure, but now she was out of fashion: a little too female, not enough like an adolescent boy.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
aegisspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. kindly endorsement and guidance; armor plate that protects the chest
aeronauticsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the theory and practice of navigation through air or space
affabilityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a disposition to be friendly and approachable, easy to talk to
Lady Catherine was reckoned proud by many people he knew, but he had never seen anything but affability in her.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 14
By Jane Austen Context
afterthoughtspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an addition that was not included in the original plan; thinking again about a choice previously made
agapespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship; selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications
aggressivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
He was a tall, handsome, swarthy fellow, clad in a suit of gray flannel, with a Panama hat, a bristling black beard, and a great, aggressive hooked nose, and flourishing a cane as he walked.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
agriculturespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
alienablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. transferable to another owner; able to be transferred to new ownership
There was only a small part of his estate that Sir Walter could dispose of; but had every acre been alienable, it would have made no difference.
Persuasion - Chapter 1
By Jane Austen Context
amalgamspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a combination or blend of diverse things; an alloy of mercury with another metal, usually silver, used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth
He mentioned that there was an opportunity for a great amalgamation and monopoly of the corn and seed trade on those premises, if enlarged, such as had never occurred before in that or any other neighborhood.
Great Expectations - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
amateurspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. nonprofessional; lacking the skill of a professional, as in an art
It was only by trying begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to base my articles.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
ambassadorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. authorized messenger or representative
analysisspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
Deceit, according to him, was an impossibility in the case of one trained to observation and analysis.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Clifford was really clever at that slightly humorous analysis of people and motives which leaves everything in bits at the end.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 5
By D H Lawrence Context
If there is an afternoon train to town, Watson, I think we should do well to take it, as I have a chemical analysis of some interest to finish, and this investigation draws rapidly to a close.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
analyzespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. discover or reveal something through detailed examination; diagnose; examine
If his notions of hidden treasure had been analyzed, they would have been found to consist of a handful of real dimes and a bushel of vague, splendid, ungraspable dollars.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 27
By Mark Twain Context
angelspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. spiritual being attendant upon God; person of exceptional holiness
Her brow smooth, her lids closed, her lips wearing the expression of a smile; no angel in heaven could be more beautiful than she appeared.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 16
By Emily Bronte Context
This he made up into a bundle, and, tired as he was, he set himself to walk back through the mountains upon the track of the avenging angels.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
But as long as she was where the wounded could see her, she was gentle, sympathetic and cheerful, and the men in the hospitals called her an angel of mercy.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
annexationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the formal act of acquiring something by conquest or occupation; incorporation by joining or uniting
annualspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. occurring once every year; payable once every year
Bennet had very often wished before this period of his life that, instead of spending his whole income, he had laid by an annual sum for the better provision of his children, and of his wife, if she survived him.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
apparatusspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a group of parts that work together to perform given function; appliance or device for particular purpose
He seemed a galvanizing apparatus, too, charged with a grim mechanical substitute for the tender young imaginations that were to be stormed away.
Hard Times - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
applicationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. close attention; work of applying something; verbal or written request for assistance
On the stairs I encountered Wemmick, who was coming down, after an unsuccessful application of his knuckles to my door.
Great Expectations - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
He had a particular pride in the phrase eminently practical, which was considered to have a special application to him.
Hard Times - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens Context
I pondered on those words, even while I was studiously attending to what followed, as if they had some particular interest, or some strange application that I could not divine.
David Copperfield - Chapter 45
By Charles Dickens Context
appropriatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
approximatelyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. nearly correct or exact; close in value or amount but not precise; about; roughly
aquaplanespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a board that is pulled by a speedboat as a person stands on it and skims over the top of the water
archbishopspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a bishop of highest rank
ardentlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. very enthusiastically or passionately
That coat for Ashley was a sore subject with Scarlett, for she wished so ardently that she and not Melanie were bestowing it as a Christmas gift.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 15
By Margaret Mitche Context
I knew from her own lips that she regarded herself as the innocent cause of his errors, and as owing him a great debt she ardently desired to pay.
David Copperfield - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
It was kindness for him which induced me to bear it alone: had I expressed the agony I frequently felt, he would have been taught to long for its alleviation as ardently as I.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 10
By Emily Bronte Context
arrangementspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. composition; plans or preparations for a future event
I felt extremely flattered by this arrangement, and we commenced carrying it into execution that very evening.
David Copperfield - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
This arrangement would have worked well enough if it had not been for the disputes between Snowball and Napoleon.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
Pocket did not object to this arrangement, but urged that before any step could possibly be taken in it, it must be submitted to my guardian.
Great Expectations - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
ascendspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. go up or climb; rise through the air; mount
Sparsit had come, emerged from the green lane, crossed the stony road, and ascended the wooden steps to the railroad.
Hard Times - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
As we turned to ascend the last flight of stairs between us and the roof, we caught a full view of this figure pausing for a moment, at a door.
David Copperfield - Chapter 50
By Charles Dickens Context
He was preparing to ascend a steep staircase, or rather ladder, leading to another floor of warehouses above: when a bright flash of lightning streamed down the aperture, and a peal of thunder followed, which shook the crazy building to its centre.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
associationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. connection, whether of persons of things; union of persons in a company or society for some particular purpose
The events in question occurred in the early days of my association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors in Baker Street.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Her reverting to this tone as if our association were forced upon us, and we were mere puppets, gave me pain; but everything in our intercourse did give me pain.
Great Expectations - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
athirstspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. very eager to get something; extremely desirous
athletespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. sports man; one who contended for prize in public games
The lower of the three is Gilchrist, a fine scholar and athlete, plays in the Rugby team and the cricket team for the college, and got his Blue for the hurdles and the long jump.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
bankruptcyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. state of being unable to pay your debts
bedeckspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. dress up or decorate with showy things
befogspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make less visible or unclear
befriendspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. act as a friend to someone by offering help or support
beneficialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. helpful; tending to promote physical well-being
In the first place, he must make such an agreement for tithes as may be beneficial to himself and not offensive to his patron.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
bereavespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. deprive and make desolate, especially by death
It was a great augmentation of my uneasiness to be bereaved, at this eventful crisis, of the inestimable services of Miss Mills.
David Copperfield - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
That bereaved lady, fifteen years older than he, fell presently at deadly feud with her only relative, Lady Scadgers; and, partly to spite her ladyship, and partly to maintain herself, went out at a salary.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
besmearspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. spread or daub a surface; smear or cover with a greasy or sticky substance
bethinkspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cause oneself to consider something; consider or ponder something carefully
Bethinking himself of a wiser plan, he placed the lamp against a post to make it stand upright, and running round to the lower part of the pool, where there was no wall, he sprang in and boldly waded upwards towards the deeper portion.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
betidespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. become of; happen especially as if by fate
Whatever betides, whatever new ties you may form, whatever changes may come between us, I shall always look to you, and love you, as I do now, and have always done.
David Copperfield - Chapter 60
By Charles Dickens Context