9th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 9: Vocabulary - List 5

irresistiblespeak spelling word quiz 
a. overwhelming; tempting; charming
All these considerations led me to the irresistible conclusion that Jefferson Hope was to be found among the jarveys of the Metropolis.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 14
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The next day and the day after, he hung about the courtroom, drawn by an almost irresistible impulse to go in, but forcing himself to stay out.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 23
By Mark Twain Context
The unqualified truth is, that when I loved Estella with the love of a man, I loved her simply because I found her irresistible.
Great Expectations - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
jealousyspeak spelling word quiz 
n. envy; jealous attitude or disposition
Fournaye, who is of Creole origin, is of an extremely excitable nature, and has suffered in the past from attacks of jealousy which have amounted to frenzy.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
No doubt my jealousy made an admirer of every one who went near her; but there were more than enough of them without that.
Great Expectations - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
Miss Bingley was then sorry that she had proposed the delay, for her jealousy and dislike of one sister much exceeded her affection for the other.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 12
By Jane Austen Context
journalspeak spelling word quiz 
n. magazine; periodical; log; diary; a ledger in which transactions have been recorded as they occurred
laboriousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. demanding much work or care; tedious
Yes, there it lay, the fruit of all their struggles, levelled to its foundations, the stones they had broken and carried so laboriously scattered all around.
Animal Farm - Chapter 6
By George Orwell Context
liabilityspeak spelling word quiz 
n. something that holds one back; state of being legally obliged and responsible
The victim, from my cradle, of pecuniary liabilities to which I have been unable to respond, I have ever been the sport and toy of debasing circumstances.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
likelihoodspeak spelling word quiz 
n. possibility, strong probability; state of being probable
In that case, so liable as every body was to meet every body in Bath, Lady Russell would in all likelihood see him somewhere.
Persuasion - Chapter 19
By Jane Austen Context
Bennet had no more to say; and Lady Lucas, who had been long yawning at the repetition of delights which she saw no likelihood of sharing, was left to the comforts of cold ham and chicken.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
Yeobright, as soon as she could calmly reflect, there was much likelihood in this, for she could hardly believe that Wildeve would really appropriate money belonging to her son.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
locallyspeak spelling word quiz 
ad. in that area; to a restricted area of the body
The local house agent could tell me nothing about Charlington Hall, and referred me to a well known firm in Pall Mall.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
luxuryspeak spelling word quiz 
n. something that is an indulgence rather than necessity; excessively expensive
Having laid out all these luxuries, my two visitors vanished away, like the genii of the Arabian Nights, with no explanation save that the things had been paid for and were ordered to this address.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I passed three days in a luxury of wretchedness, torturing myself by putting every conceivable variety of discouraging construction on all that ever had taken place between Dora and me.
David Copperfield - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
She was nice only from natural delicacy, but he had been brought up in a school of luxury and epicurism.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 41
By Jane Austen Context
magnificencespeak spelling word quiz 
n. grandeur; splendor; grand or imposing beauty
Dragging an old chair to the table, he sat down; and took from it a magnificent gold watch, sparkling with jewels.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
maintenancespeak spelling word quiz 
n. preservation; support; continuance; court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another
There is already lodged in my hands a sum of money amply sufficient for your suitable education and maintenance.
Great Expectations - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
Her hope was that Linton might be left with him, as he had been with her: his father, she would fain convince herself, had no desire to assume the burden of his maintenance or education.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 18
By Emily Bronte Context
maneuverspeak spelling word quiz 
n. plan for attaining a particular goal; deliberate coordinated movement; strategy
mansionspeak spelling word quiz 
n. dwelling-house of the better class; a large or stately residence
Fritchley, a perfect old Georgian mansion, was even now, as Connie passed in the car, being demolished.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 11
By D H Lawrence Context
martyrspeak spelling word quiz 
n. one who makes great sacrifices or suffers to further belief or principle; one who endures great suffering
Whether this romantic martyr to superstition and the melancholy mummer he had conversed with under the full moon were one and the same person remained as yet a problem.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
maturityspeak spelling word quiz 
n. state or quality of being mature; ripeness; full development; arrival of the time fixed for payment
He thought of Rachael, how young when they were first brought together in these circumstances, how mature now, how soon to grow old.
Hard Times - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
merchandisespeak spelling word quiz 
n. objects for sale; goods
She had a large acquaintance, of course professionally, among those who can afford to buy, and she disposes of my merchandise.
Persuasion - Chapter 17
By Jane Austen Context
meritspeak spelling word quiz 
n. virtue; admirable quality or attribute; credit
My friend was an enthusiastic musician, being himself not only a very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I may claim the merit of having originated the suggestion that the will should be looked for in the box.
David Copperfield - Chapter 31
By Charles Dickens Context
Norris accepted the compliment, and admired the nice discernment of character which could so well distinguish merit.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
miniaturespeak spelling word quiz 
a. very small; model that represents something in a greatly reduced size
It was not a photograph but an ivory miniature, and the artist had brought out the full effect of the lustrous black hair, the large dark eyes, and the exquisite mouth.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Tall ferns buried her in their leafage whenever her path lay through them, which now formed miniature forests, though not one stem of them would remain to bud the next year.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
mischievousspeak spelling word quiz 
a. causing mischief; harmful; hurtful; troublesome; irritating
She saw with maternal complacency all the impertinent encroachments and mischievous tricks to which her cousins submitted.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
missilespeak spelling word quiz 
n. weapon that is thrown or projected; rocket carrying instruments or warhead
He had been wounded with some missiles from the crowd on the day of his capture, and his head was bandaged with a linen cloth.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
monotonyspeak spelling word quiz 
n. uniformity or lack of variation; continual increase, or continual decrease; tedium as a result of repetition
My health forbade me from venturing out unless the weather was exceptionally genial, and I had no friends who would call upon me and break the monotony of my daily existence.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
At first, she seemed to wonder at the gentle compassion with which the Doctor spoke to her, and at his wish that she should have her mother with her, to relieve the dull monotony of her life.
David Copperfield - Chapter 42
By Charles Dickens Context
mortgagespeak spelling word quiz 
n. transferring property title as security for the repayment of a loan
The bank had foreclosed a mortgage effected on the property thus pleasantly situated, by one of the Coketown magnates, who, in his determination to make a shorter cut than usual to an enormous fortune, overspeculated himself by about two hundred thousand pounds.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
municipalspeak spelling word quiz 
a. metropolitan; civic; having local self-government
narrativespeak spelling word quiz 
n. story; art, technique, or process of telling story
Rance sat down on the horsehair sofa, and knitted his brows as though determined not to omit anything in his narrative.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
A new fear had been engendered in my mind by his narrative; or rather, his narrative had given form and purpose to the fear that was already there.
Great Expectations - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
She would not hear of staying a second longer: in truth, I felt rather disposed to defer the sequel of her narrative myself.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 9
By Emily Bronte Context
nuisancespeak spelling word quiz 
n. something that annoys or gives trouble and vexation; something that is offensive or noxious
He asked for it so often that he became a nuisance, and his aunt ended by telling him to help himself and quit bothering her.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 12
By Mark Twain Context
I told him it was a nuisance to have the woman trespassing: to which he replied that he had no power to arrest her.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
obstaclespeak spelling word quiz 
n. one that opposes, stands in the way of, or holds up progress
In her impatience she endeavoured to pass this obstacle by pushing her horse into what appeared to be a gap.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The money which my mother had left was enough for all our wants, and there seemed to be no obstacle to our happiness.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I owe it to you and yours, to prevent you from opposing, in the warmth of your generous nature, this great obstacle to your progress in the world.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
occasionallyspeak spelling word quiz 
ad. now and then; from time to time; infrequently; irregularly
With these two implements he trotted noiselessly about the room, sometimes stopping, occasionally kneeling, and once lying flat upon his face.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Sparsit sedately resumed her work and occasionally gave a small cough, which sounded like the cough of conscious strength and forbearance.
Hard Times - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context