9th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 9: Vocabulary - List 3

delegatespeak speak 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
depositoryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
desolationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned; an event that results in total destruction; the state of being decayed or destroyed
If, at that time, I had been much with her, I should, in the weakness of my desolation, have betrayed this.
David Copperfield - Chapter 58
By Charles Dickens Context
From the Sierra Nevada to Nebraska, and from the Yellowstone River in the north to the Colorado upon the south, is a region of desolation and silence.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Oliver sat huddled together, in a corner of the cart; bewildered with alarm and apprehension; and figuring strange objects in the gaunt trees, whose branches waved grimly to and fro, as if in some fantastic joy at the desolation of the scene.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
detestablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. offensive to the mind; unequivocally detestable
It was the first time it had ever occurred to me, that this detestable cant of false humility might have originated out of the Heep family.
David Copperfield - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
Only she began to be afraid of the ghastly white tombstones, that peculiar loathsome whiteness of Carrara marble, detestable as false teeth, which stuck up on the hillside, under Tevershall church, and which she saw with such grim painfulness from the park.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
developspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. generate gradually; come into existence; take on form or shape; become technologically advanced
This is not a character that I can suffer to develop itself beneath my eyes without an effort at improvement.
David Copperfield - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
There are some trees, Watson, which grow to a certain height, and then suddenly develop some unsightly eccentricity.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Robins are not like human beings; their muscles are always exercised from the first and so they develop themselves in a natural manner.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 25
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
differencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a disagreement or argument about something important; the quality of being unlike or dissimilar
It was a considerable sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have made a serious difference.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Oliver had long since grown stout and healthy; but health or sickness made no difference in his warm feelings of a great many people.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
Besides, in those days they had been slaves and now they were free, and that made all the difference, as Squealer did not fail to point out.
Animal Farm - Chapter 9
By George Orwell Context
dilettantespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish
direspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless; causing fear or dread or terror
Here had been grievous mismanagement; but, bad as it was, he gradually grew to feel that it had not been the most direful mistake in his plan of education.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 48
By Jane Austen Context
disastrousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely bad; terrible; dreadful
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
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
disciplespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. follower; adherent; person who learns from another, especially one who then teaches others
disdainfullyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. without respect; in a disdainful manner; in a proud and domineering manner
Bounderby, surveyed him fixedly from head to foot, swept disdainfully past him, and ascended the staircase.
Hard Times - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
distinctionspeak speak 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 speak 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 speak 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
dolefullyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. with sadness; in a sorrowful manner
I had scarcely arrived at the total when a seventh was heard, as in the region of air, wailing dolefully.
Great Expectations - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
The coach jolts, I wake with a start, and the flute has come back again, and the Master at Salem House is sitting with his legs crossed, playing it dolefully, while the old woman of the house looks on delighted.
David Copperfield - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
dominantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. major; most important, powerful, or influential; 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 speak spelling word quiz 
n. a college or university building for student living; a large bedroom where several people sleep
dragnetspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a series of actions that are done by the police in order to catch criminals
earnestspeak speak 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
easilyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. indicating high probability; in all likelihood; without question
Now, as it turned out, the Rebellion was achieved much earlier and more easily than anyone had expected.
Animal Farm - Chapter 2
By George Orwell Context
I thought I saw him leer in an ugly way at me while the decanters were going round, but as there was no love lost between us, that might easily be.
Great Expectations - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
It was quite against my wishes that she came, but she is a very excitable, impulsive girl, as you may have noticed, and she is not easily controlled when she has made up her mind on a point.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
echolocationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. determining the location of something by measuring the time it takes for an echo to return from it
ecstasyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. intense joy or delight; any overpowering emotion
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
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
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
eighthspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. position eight in a countable series of things; one part in eight equal parts
I once saw Henry the Eighth acted, or I have heard of it from somebody who did, I am not certain which.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 34
By Jane Austen Context
electrifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. excite suddenly and intensely; charge a conductor with electricity; equip for use with electricity
eliminatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. completely remove or get rid of; 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 speak 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
embroilspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
emphaticallyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. without question and beyond doubt
So very emphatically and unexpectedly, that we were all three discomposed; until Tiffey came in with the bill.
David Copperfield - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
The mules could not be spared to go off to war, even if they had been acceptable for the Troop, which they emphatically were not.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 1
By Margaret Mitche Context
endeavorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. try hard to do or achieve something
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 speak spelling word quiz 
a. very great in size, extent, number, or degrees; huge; massive
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
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
equipmentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the necessary items for a particular purpose; apparatus
equitationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the sport of siting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements
eraspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a major division of geological time; an era is usually divided into two or more periods
McRae was a reminder of a cruder era, like Grandma Fontaine and her embarrassingly loud belches, an era everyone would like to forget.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 6
By Margaret Mitche Context
essentialspeak speak 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
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
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
estimationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the respect with which a person is held; an approximate calculation of quantity; a judgment of the qualities
It does him the highest honour; it shews his proper estimation of the blessing of domestic happiness and pure attachment.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 35
By Jane Austen Context
Uriah, with his long hands slowly twining over one another, made a ghastly writhe from the waist upwards, to express his concurrence in this estimation of me.
David Copperfield - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
He really liked Sissy too well to have a contempt for her; otherwise he held her calculating powers in such very slight estimation that he must have fallen upon that conclusion.
Hard Times - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
etchedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. cut or impressed into a surface
etiquettespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. manners; rules governing socially acceptable behavior
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
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
exaggerationspeak speak 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
examinationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. formal systematic questioning; a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge
So swiftly was the examination made, that one would hardly have guessed the minuteness with which it was conducted.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
By an examination of the ground I gained the trifling details which I gave to that imbecile Lestrade, as to the personality of the criminal.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The pupils then entered among themselves upon a competitive examination on the subject of Boots, with the view of ascertaining who could tread the hardest upon whose toes.
Great Expectations - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
exasperationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an exasperated feeling of annoyance; actions that cause great irritation
With a feeling of exasperation she saw that he was in an argument and probably had not even noticed her.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 12
By Margaret Mitche Context
exceedinglyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a very great degree; beyond what is usual; surpassingly
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
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
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 speak 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
excitablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. capable of responding to stimuli; easily excited
He shrugged his shoulders in ungracious acquiescence, while our visitor in hurried words and with much excitable gesticulation poured forth his story.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It was quite against my wishes that she came, but she is a very excitable, impulsive girl, as you may have noticed, and she is not easily controlled when she has made up her mind on a point.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
excruciatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. torment emotionally or mentally; subject to torture
Bumble, seeing with excruciating feelings, the delight of the two old paupers, who were tittering together most rapturously, hesitated for an instant.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
executivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. role of government which makes sure that laws are carried out; administrator
exercisespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act of using; a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding
They took their exercise in the garden, and were discouraged from playing with the other young animals.
Animal Farm - Chapter 9
By George Orwell Context
His lameness prevented him from taking much exercise; but a mind of usefulness and ingenuity seemed to furnish him with constant employment within.
Persuasion - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
He had a garden and two or three fields round his house, and there he would take his exercise, though very often for weeks on end he would never leave his room.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
exhaustionspeak speak 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 speak 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
expatiatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
Wildeve was standing with his back to the fireplace smoking a cigar; and the promoter of the raffle, a packman from a distant town, was expatiating upon the value of the fabric as material for a summer dress.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
expensespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. amounts paid for goods and services
Colonel Forster believed that more than a thousand pounds would be necessary to clear his expenses at Brighton.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 48
By Jane Austen Context
He has had his little smile at our expense, and perhaps we may do as much by him, if my reading of this problem proves to be correct.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
But he applied that maxim to our marriage, my dear; and that was so far prematurely entered into, in consequence, that I never recovered the expense.
David Copperfield - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
experiencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations; go through
So, indeed, it proved, and as I come to the dark conclusion of a story which had seemed to me to be only childish and bizarre, I experience once again the dismay and horror with which I was filled.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context