9th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 9: Vocabulary - List 3

curiosityspeak spelling word quiz 
n. desire to know or learn
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
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
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
curriculumspeak spelling word quiz 
n. course; program
definitionspeak 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
delegatespeak spelling word quiz 
n. person authorized to act as representative for another; deputy
Slackbridge, the delegate, had to address his audience too that night; and Slackbridge had obtained a clean bill from the printer, and had brought it in his pocket.
Hard Times - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
disastrousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely bad; terrible; dreadful
I had not seen him alone since the disastrous issue of the attempted flight; and he had come, in his private and personal capacity, to say a few words of explanation in reference to that failure.
Great Expectations - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
The child was sleeping soundly; but her imagination of possibly disastrous events at her home, the predominance within her of the unseen over the seen, agitated her beyond endurance.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
disciplespeak spelling word quiz 
n. follower; adherent; person who learns from another, especially one who then teaches others
distinctionspeak spelling word quiz 
n. excellence or eminence; note or mark of difference
Gummidge was always helped immediately after me, to whom the preference was given as a visitor of distinction.
David Copperfield - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens Context
distinguishedspeak spelling word quiz 
a. prominent; celebrated, well-known or eminent because of past achievements
A moment later our modest apartment, already so distinguished that morning, was further honoured by the entrance of the most lovely woman in London.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
When I saw them glancing at me out of the windows, as they went up to their classes, I felt distinguished, and looked more melancholy, and walked slower.
David Copperfield - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
dividendspeak spelling word quiz 
n. sum of money to be divided and distributed; share of a sum divided that falls to each individual; a distribute sum, share, or percentage
dominantspeak spelling word quiz 
a. major; important; outweighing
It was an unhappy life that I lived; and its one dominant anxiety, towering over all its other anxieties, like a high mountain above a range of mountains, never disappeared from my view.
Great Expectations - Chapter 47
By Charles Dickens Context
dormitoryspeak spelling word quiz 
n. a college or university building for student living; a large bedroom where several people sleep
earnestspeak spelling word quiz 
n. seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness
He was in dreadful earnest and made me swear, with my hands on the Testament, that whatever happened I would always be true to him.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Well, one thing was dead sure, and that was that Tom Sawyer was in earnest, and was actuly going to help steal that nigger out of slavery.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Chapter 34
By Mark Twain Context
At the earnest manner of his reply, the old gentleman laughed again; and said something about a curious instinct, which Oliver, not understanding, paid no very great attention to.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
ecstasyspeak spelling word quiz 
n. intense joy or delight; any overpowering emotion
To see her lay the flowers against her little dimpled chin, was to lose all presence of mind and power of language in a feeble ecstasy.
David Copperfield - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
She did not understand the beauty he found in her, through touch upon her living secret body, almost the ecstasy of beauty.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 24
By Emily Bronte Context
eliminatespeak spelling word quiz 
v. eradicate; abolish; rule out
Believe me, whatever God there is is slowly eliminating the guts and alimentary system from the human being, to evolve a higher, more spiritual being.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 16
By D H Lawrence Context
embroideryspeak spelling word quiz 
n. elaboration by the use of decorative detail; ornamentation of fabric with needlework
Connie was in love with him, but she managed to sit with her embroidery and let the men talk, and not give herself away.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context
endeavorspeak spelling word quiz 
v. attempt by employing effort
It was quite in vain for me to endeavor to make him sensible that he ought to speak to Miss Havisham.
Great Expectations - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
enormousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. very great in size, extent, number, or degrees; huge; massive
Right across the enormous plain stretched the straggling array, waggons and carts, men on horseback, and men on foot.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Boxer was an enormous beast, nearly eighteen hands high, and as strong as any two ordinary horses put together.
Animal Farm - Chapter 1
By George Orwell Context
equipmentspeak spelling word quiz 
n. apparatus
essentialspeak spelling word quiz 
a. necessary; critical; vital; constituting or being part of the essence of something
A kind of hopeless affection he seemed to feel for her, and the essential remoteness remained the same.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context
If there were anyone that one could apply to with a probability of gaining such a clue as that, it might be of essential consequence.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 48
By Jane Austen Context
The Dashwoods were two days on the road, and Marianne bore her journey on both, without essential fatigue.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 46
By Jane Austen Context
etiquettespeak spelling word quiz 
n. manners; rules governing socially acceptable behavior
It was necessary to make this circumstance a matter of pleasure, because on such occasions it is the etiquette; but no one was less likely than Mrs. Bennet to find comfort in staying at home at any period of her life.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
She wondered, indeed, at his thinking it necessary to do so; but supposed it to be the proper etiquette.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 39
By Jane Austen Context
exaggerationspeak spelling word quiz 
n. overstatement; act of making something more noticeable than usual
She was therefore obliged to seek another branch of the subject, and related, with much bitterness of spirit and some exaggeration, the shocking rudeness of Mr. Darcy.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
exceedinglyspeak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a very great degree; beyond what is usual; surpassingly
It must be confessed, however, that the case looks exceedingly grave against the young man, and it is very possible that he is indeed the culprit.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Barkis appeared in an exceedingly vacant and awkward condition, and with a bundle of oranges tied up in a handkerchief.
David Copperfield - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
Whether an exceedingly small expansion of eye be sufficient to quell paupers, who, being lightly fed, are in no very high condition; or whether the late Mrs.Corney was particularly proof against eagle glances.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
exceptionalspeak spelling word quiz 
a. extraordinary; unusual; well above average
It was in the latter days of September, and the equinoctial gales had set in with exceptional violence.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
executivespeak spelling word quiz 
n. role of government which makes sure that laws are carried out; administrator
exhaustionspeak spelling word quiz 
n. act of draining out or draining off; act of emptying completely of the contents; state of being exhausted or emptied
When at last I dozed, in sheer exhaustion of mind and body, it became a vast shadowy verb which I had to conjugate.
Great Expectations - Chapter 45
By Charles Dickens Context
Trembling in every joint, from cold and exhaustion, he made an effort to stand upright; but, shuddering from head to foot, fell prostrate on the ground.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
exhibitionspeak spelling word quiz 
n. exposition; presentation; large-scale public showing
He had taken little or no wine; and I presume it was the mere insolence of triumph that was upon him, flushed perhaps by the temptation my presence furnished to its exhibition.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
Venn felt much astonishment at this avowal, though he did not show it clearly; that exhibition may greet remarks which are one remove from expectation, but it is usually withheld in complicated cases of two removes and upwards.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context