9th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 9: Vocabulary - List 2

bankruptcyspeak spelling word quiz 
n. state of being unable to pay your debts
beneficialspeak 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
breathespeak 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 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
bulletinspeak spelling word quiz 
n. brief statement of facts; any public notice or announcement; a periodical publication
calendarspeak 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 spelling word quiz 
n. group; class; collection of things sharing a common attribute
characteristicspeak 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
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
Mystery and secrecy have long been his principal characteristic, have long replaced unlimited confidence.
David Copperfield - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
circumstancespeak 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 spelling word quiz 
n. culture
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
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
commencementspeak 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 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 spelling word quiz 
a. dedicated; devoted
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
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
comparativespeak 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
competitionspeak 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 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 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 spelling word quiz 
n. additional proof that something that was believed
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
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
conscientiousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. 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 spelling word quiz 
n. having knowledge of ; special awareness or sensitivity:
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
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
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
consequentlyspeak 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 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 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
controversialspeak spelling word quiz 
a. controvertible; disputable
corpsspeak spelling word quiz 
n. an army unit usually consisting of two or more divisions; a body of people associated together
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
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
correspondencespeak spelling word quiz 
n. similarity or analogy; communication by the exchange of letters
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
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