9th Grade Spelling Words

Organized as 8 lists, each list has pages for vocabulary, online spelling card, and printable worksheet. Vocabulary page not only hosts explanations and examples, but also includes spelling, testing, and other online study tools.
Grade 9: Vocabulary - List 6

occupyspeak spelling word quiz 
v. inhabit; live in a certain place; be present in; be inside of
It was one of four which stood back some little way from the street, two being occupied and two empty.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Many meetings were held in the big barn, and the pigs occupied themselves with planning out the work of the coming season.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
Although Oliver had enough to occupy his attention in keeping sight of his leader, he could not help bestowing a few hasty glances on either side of the way, as he passed along.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
odorspeak spelling word quiz 
n. scent; property or quality of a thing that affects, stimulates, or is perceived by the sense of smell
offensivespeak spelling word quiz 
a. causing anger, displeasure, resentment, or affront
It will be obvious that any details which would help the reader exactly to identify the college or the criminal would be injudicious and offensive.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
In a sulky triumph, Drummle showed his morose depreciation of the rest of us, in a more and more offensive degree, until he became downright intolerable.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
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
opinionspeak spelling word quiz 
n. notion or conviction founded on probable evidence; belief stronger than impression; favorable estimation
If you are unable to come I shall give you fuller details, and would esteem it a great kindness if you would favour me with your opinion.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
On the question of whether she had been shot or had shot herself, he would not venture to express any decided opinion.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
In my opinion, whoever hove those things in here caught a sight of us and took us for ghosts or devils or something.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 26
By Mark Twain Context
Since you are of opinion that she ought to have what she wants, I recommend you to provide it for her.
Hard Times - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
oppositionspeak spelling word quiz 
n. condition of being in conflict; act of opposing something
My stepfather has offered no opposition to the match, and we are to be married in the course of the spring.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality, and against the dissuading arguments of my best friends.
Great Expectations - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
optimismspeak spelling word quiz 
n. tendency to expect the best possible outcome; belief that the universe is improving and good will win over evil
ornamentspeak spelling word quiz 
n. decoration; something used to beautify
My room was at the top of the house, at the back: a close chamber; stencilled all over with an ornament which my young imagination represented as a blue muffin; and very scantily furnished.
David Copperfield - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
pageantspeak spelling word quiz 
n. elaborate exhibition devised for the entertainment; show, spectacle, or display
pamphletspeak spelling word quiz 
n. brochure; leaflet; a small book usually having a paper cover
parachutespeak spelling word quiz 
n. rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall
parallelspeak spelling word quiz 
n. make or place something to another's side; of or relating to multiple operations at same time; not intersecting
Gummidge, whose courtship would appear to have been of an exactly parallel nature, she was so continually reminded by these transactions of the old one.
David Copperfield - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
Kitto was probably under the influence of a parallel fancy when he described his body as having become, by long endeavour, so sensitive to vibrations that he had gained the power of perceiving by it as by ears.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
pastimespeak spelling word quiz 
n. something which amuses, and serves to make time pass agreeably; sport; amusement
He was startled when they came upon him while he was engaged in this latter pastime, and his colour changed.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
perilspeak spelling word quiz 
n. danger; risk; hazard; jeopardy; exposure of person or property to injury, loss, or destruction
I had received strict orders from my sister to call for him at the Three Jolly Bargemen, that evening, on my way from school, and bring him home at my peril.
Great Expectations - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
In a world where doing means marrying, and the commonwealth is one of hearts and hands, the same peril attends the condition.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
permanentspeak spelling word quiz 
a. remaining without essential change
To me, he signified the threatening danger was not so much death, as permanent alienation of intellect.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 12
By Emily Bronte Context
persistentspeak spelling word quiz 
a. constant; never-ceasing
He never gave reasons for this persistent refusal, but contented himself by resolutely and inflexibly adhering to his determination.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
perspirationspeak spelling word quiz 
n. process of the sweat glands of skin secreting a salty fluid
He staggered back with a livid face, and I saw the perspiration break out upon his brow, while his teeth chattered in his head.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Bumble wiped from his forehead the perspiration which his walk had engendered, glanced complacently at the cocked hat, and smiled.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
I sat shuddering yet, and wiping the perspiration from my forehead: the intruder appeared to hesitate, and muttered to himself.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 3
By Emily Bronte Context
pertainspeak spelling word quiz 
v. belong; have connection with, or dependence on
I am in high repute for my accomplishment in all pertaining to the art, and am joined with eleven others in reporting the debates in Parliament for a Morning Newspaper.
David Copperfield - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
phasespeak spelling word quiz 
n. any distinct time period in a sequence of events; stage
Micawber, tapping at the wall again to know if tea were ready, broke up this particular phase of our friendly conversation.
David Copperfield - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
It was a phase of cheerfulness which was, as a matter of course, to be passed through every Christmas; and there was no more to be said.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
picnicspeak spelling word quiz 
v. eat in the open air; have informal meal eaten outside or on an excursion
playwrightspeak spelling word quiz 
n. someone who writes plays
practicallyspeak spelling word quiz 
ad. virtually; actually; for all practical purpose
For some years he has practically withdrawn from the business, in which he is said to have massed considerable wealth.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
precedespeak spelling word quiz 
v. come before; antecede
She locked it after admitting me, as she had done before, and again preceded me into the dark passage where her candle stood.
Great Expectations - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
The principals being all agreed in this respect, it soon appeared that a very few weeks would be sufficient for such arrangements as must precede the wedding.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
predominantspeak spelling word quiz 
a. most frequent or common; having superior power and influence
Darcy; or at least, by the predominance of virtue, atone for those casual errors under which she would endeavour to class.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 36
By Jane Austen Context
prejudicespeak spelling word quiz 
n. opinion formed without due examination; leaning toward one side of a question
Rushworth must and would improve in good society; and if Maria could now speak so securely of her happiness with him, speaking certainly without the prejudice, the blindness of love, she ought to be believed.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
With a strong prejudice against everything he might say, she began his account of what had happened at Netherfield.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 36
By Jane Austen Context
preliminaryspeak spelling word quiz 
a. prior to or preparing for the main matter; introductory
Well, every moment now is precious, so if you feel equal to it we shall go down to Scotland Yard at once as a preliminary to starting for Eyford.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Proceeding into the Castle again, we found the Aged heating the poker, with expectant eyes, as a preliminary to the performance of this great nightly ceremony.
Great Expectations - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
primitivespeak spelling word quiz 
a. belonging to an early stage; simple or naive in style; primeval
We seem to want the oldest and simplest human clothing where the clothing of the earth is so primitive.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context