9th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 9: Vocabulary - List 2

bickeringspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a quarrel about petty points
Of various admirals I could tell you a great deal: of them and their flags, and the gradation of their pay, and their bickerings and jealousies.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
The mockingbirds and the jays, engaged in their old feud for possession of the magnolia tree beneath her window, were bickering, the jays strident, acrimonious, the mockers sweet voiced and plaintive.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 5
By Margaret Mitche Context
bicyclespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
You must know that every Saturday forenoon I ride on my bicycle to Farnham Station, in order to get the 12:22 to town.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Whymper, his face deadly pale, came racing up the path on his bicycle, flung it down in the yard and rushed straight into the farmhouse.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
birthrightspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a right or privilege that you are entitled to at birth; personal characteristics that are inherited at birth
A few slight indications of a rather petted and capricious manner, which I observed in the Beauty, were manifestly considered, by Traddles and his wife, as her birthright and natural endowment.
David Copperfield - Chapter 59
By Charles Dickens Context
bisectspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cut in half or cut in two
blabbermouthspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. someone who gossips indiscreetly
blithelyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a joyous manner; in a happy or carefree manner
She wondered how he could jest so blithely with a rope about his neck and her pitiful circumstances before him.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 34
By Margaret Mitche Context
One day, as Mollie strolled blithely into the yard, flirting her long tail and chewing at a stalk of hay, Clover took her aside.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
bloodcurdlingspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely alarming; causing terror or horror
bombastspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. pompous or pretentious talk or writing
Sometimes, he was a very comfortable person to live with, for all his unfortunate habit of not permitting anyone in his presence to act a lie, palm off a pretense or indulge in bombast.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 50
By Margaret Mitche Context
breathespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. respire; inhale and exhale air
I remarked now, that, though the smile was on his face still, his colour had gone in a moment, and he seemed to breathe as if he had been running.
David Copperfield - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
Wopsle had greatly alarmed me more than once, by his blowing and hard breathing; but I knew the sounds by this time, and could dissociate them from the object of pursuit.
Great Expectations - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
brilliantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. full of light; shining; bright; sharp and clear in tone
All was still and dark, save only that brilliant yellow screen in front of us with the black figure outlined upon its centre.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
But the day after, all the brilliant words seemed like dead leaves, crumpling up and turning to powder, meaning really nothing, blown away on any gust of wind.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 5
By D H Lawrence Context
brotherhoodspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the kinship relation between a male offspring and the siblings; the feeling that men should treat one another like brothers
bulletinspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. brief statement of facts; any public notice or announcement; a periodical publication
calendarspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. orderly arrangement as years, months, weeks, and days; a table showing months, weeks, and days
She kept a calendar of the holidays in this way, and every morning checked a day off in exactly the same manner.
David Copperfield - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
He said, of course it was a great insult, and I told him there was Queen Mary on a calendar in the scullery, no doubt because Her Majesty formed part of my harem.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
categoryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. group; class; collection of things sharing a common attribute
characteristicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. feature that helps to identify, tell apart, or describe recognizably; a distinguishing mark or trait
He picked it up and gazed at it in the peculiar introspective fashion which was characteristic of him.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Mystery and secrecy have long been his principal characteristic, have long replaced unlimited confidence.
David Copperfield - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
When the nobleman and his secretary had left, my friend flung himself at once with characteristic eagerness into the investigation.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
chemistryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
He began to experiment, and got a clever young fellow, who had proved brilliant in chemistry, to help him.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 9
By D H Lawrence Context
circumstancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. situation; condition; detail accompanying or surrounding an event
The boy mused awhile over the substantial change which had taken place in his worldly circumstances, and then wended toward headquarters to report.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 2
By Mark Twain Context
civilizationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the society, culture, and way of life of a particular area; culture
So, if civilization is any good, it has to help us to forget our bodies, and then time passes happily without our knowing it.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
One might have supposed him a child of the wilderness, long accustomed to live out of the confines of civilization, and about to return to his native wilds.
David Copperfield - Chapter 57
By Charles Dickens Context
cladspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having an outer covering especially of thin metal; wearing or provided with clothing; sometimes used in combination
At the head of the column there rode a score or more of grave ironfaced men, clad in sombre homespun garments and armed with rifles.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He was unkempt, uncombed, and clad in the same old ruin of rags that had made him picturesque in the days when he was free and happy.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 35
By Mark Twain Context
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
clovenspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. split or divided in two
They are for the use of horses, but they are shaped below with a cloven foot of iron, so as to throw pursuers off the track.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
cocoonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. silky envelope spun by the larvae of many insects to protect pupas and by spiders to protect eggs
commencementspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. first existence of anything; act or fact of commencing; rise; origin; beginning; start
It is a hereditary matter; so in order to give you an idea of the facts, I must go back to the commencement of the affair.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Claypole, kicking out his legs, and continuing a conversation, the commencement of which Fagin had arrived too late to hear.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 42
By Charles Dickens Context
commissionerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. person authorized by a commission to perform certain duties; member of a commission
We hope to have, before long, a board of fact, composed of commissioners of fact, who will force the people to be a people of fact, and of nothing but fact.
Hard Times - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
committedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. feeling dedication and loyalty to a cause, activity, or job; devoted
So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.
Great Expectations - Chapter 27
By Charles Dickens Context
James Wilder, his secretary, with intimation that young Lord Saltire, ten years old, his only son and heir, was about to be committed to my charge.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
comparativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. relative; based on, or involving comparison
When she reached the more wealthy quarter of the town, the streets were comparatively deserted; and here her headlong progress excited a still greater curiosity in the stragglers whom she hurried past.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
comparisonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act of examining resemblances; relation based on similarities and differences
I had always felt my weakness, in comparison with her constancy and fortitude; and now I felt it more and more.
David Copperfield - Chapter 58
By Charles Dickens Context
I assure you, that if Darcy were not such a great tall fellow, in comparison with myself, I should not pay him half so much deference.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
The military regulations which had seemed so stringent the year before were now mild by comparison with the ones issued by General Pope.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 44
By Margaret Mitche Context
competitionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. struggle; rivalry; act of competing as for profit or a prize
Marriage licences and small probates were what we all looked for, and what paid us best; and the competition for these ran very high indeed.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
conceivablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of being conceived, imagined, or understood
It was equally conceivable that he had shot her and then himself, or that she had been the criminal, for the revolver lay upon the floor midway between them.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
confidentialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. treated with confidence; trusted in; trustworthy; secret
We had gone on, so far, in a mixture of confidential jest and earnest, that had long grown naturally out of our familiar relations, begun as mere children.
David Copperfield - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
confirmationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. additional proof that something that was believed
If Eustacia had been able to follow the reddleman she would soon have found striking confirmation of her thought.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
I was about indignantly to give my assertion the confirmation he required, when he caught hold of my hand, and gave it a squeeze.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
conscientiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. wishing to do what is right, especially to do one's work or duty well and thoroughly; diligent; responsible; reliable
I hope I should not have been influenced myself in a wrong way, and I am sure my father was too conscientious to have allowed it.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
consciousnessspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. having knowledge of ; special awareness or sensitivity:
As she softened with the quiet, and the consciousness of being so watched, some tears made their way into her eyes.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
He knew that in her heart his aunt was on her knees to him, and he was morosely gratified by the consciousness of it.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 3
By Mark Twain Context
The bullet had passed through the front of her brain, and it would probably be some time before she could regain consciousness.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
consequentlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. therefore; as a result or consequence of something; subsequently
Fang was consequently not a little indignant to see an unbidden guest enter in such irreverent disorder.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
considerablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. worthy of consideration; large in amount, extent, or degree
This time he thought he could detect colicky symptoms, and he began to encourage them with considerable hope.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 6
By Mark Twain Context
Soon there were five buckets of frothing creamy milk at which many of the animals looked with considerable interest.
Animal Farm - Chapter 2
By George Orwell Context
Nay, he made this foil of his so very widely known, that third parties took it up, and handled it on some occasions with considerable briskness.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
consistencyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts
The greatest degree of rational consistency could not have been more engaging, and they talked with mutual satisfaction.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 9
By Jane Austen Context
conspicuouslyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a prominent way; in a manner tending to attract attention
He would rather walk with me in the evening than in the daylight, for he said that he hated to be conspicuous.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
continuousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. continuing in time or space without interruption; extending without break or irregularity
Many startling successes and a few unavoidable failures were the outcome of this long period of continuous work.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It was very remarkable that a young gentleman who had been brought up under one continuous system of unnatural restraint, should be a hypocrite; but it was certainly the case with Tom.
Hard Times - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
controversialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. giving rise or likely to give rise to public disagreement; disputable
cordiallyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a hearty manner; in a warm and friendly way
He greeted me cordially; and told me I should certainly be happy under Doctor Strong, who was one of the gentlest of men.
David Copperfield - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
Only let me assure you, my dear Miss Elizabeth, that I can from my heart most cordially wish you equal felicity in marriage.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 38
By Jane Austen Context
It was hard to say which class was more cordially hated by the settled citizenry, the impractical Yankee schoolmarms or the Scallawags, but the balance probably fell with the latter.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 49
By Margaret Mitche Context
corpsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an army unit usually consisting of two or more divisions; a body of people associated together
Wickham, who had returned with him the day before from town, and he was happy to say had accepted a commission in their corps.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 15
By Jane Austen Context
Our residence at Canterbury, and our local connexion, will, no doubt, enable him to take advantage of any vacancy that may arise in the Cathedral corps.
David Copperfield - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
correspondencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. similarity or analogy; communication by the exchange of letters
Mary never wrote to Bath herself; all the toil of keeping up a slow and unsatisfactory correspondence with Elizabeth fell on Anne.
Persuasion - Chapter 12
By Jane Austen Context
Many a year went round before I was a partner in the House; but I lived happily with Herbert and his wife, and lived frugally, and paid my debts, and maintained a constant correspondence with Biddy and Joe.
Great Expectations - Chapter 58
By Charles Dickens Context
counterchargespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a retaliatory charge; a charge brought by an accused person against the accuser
countrymanspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a man from your own country; a man who lives in the country and has country ways
As she uttered these words, and indicated, with her hand, the direction in which she wished them to proceed, the countryman looked round, and roughly asking what they took up the whole pavement for, passed on.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 46
By Charles Dickens Context
criticizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
Set the mind and the reason to cock it over the rest, and all they can do is to criticize, and make a deadness.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 4
By D H Lawrence Context
There are instances of persons who, without clear ideas of the things they criticize have yet had clear ideas of the relations of those things.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Scarlett submitted meekly to being carried toward the carriage and also to the peremptory manner in which Uncle Peter criticized her and Prissy.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
crusaderspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a warrior who engages in a holy war; a disputant who advocates reform
This was so much her normal state, that Joe and I would often, for weeks together, be, as to our fingers, like monumental Crusaders as to their legs.
Great Expectations - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
culminationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a final climactic stage; the decisive moment in a novel or play; a concluding action
Though her eyes were closed, one could easily imagine the light necessarily shining in them as the culmination of the luminous workmanship around.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
culpablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious
curiosityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a strong desire to know or learn something
As the weeks went by, my interest in him and my curiosity as to his aims in life, gradually deepened and increased.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Brownlow, observing the curiosity with which Oliver surveyed the shelves that reached from the floor to the ceiling.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
On the other hand, she often looked at him, with interest and curiosity, if not distrust, but his face never showed the least consciousness.
Great Expectations - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
curriculumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college; program
defiledspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. morally blemished; stained or impure
definitionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. clarity of outline; concise explanation
Her capacity of definition might be easily stated at a very low figure, her mathematical knowledge at nothing; yet he was not sure that if he had been required, for example, to tick her off into columns in a parliamentary return, he would have quite known how to divide her.
Hard Times - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context