9th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 9: Vocabulary - List 6

opinionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. notion or conviction founded on probable evidence; belief stronger than impression; favorable estimation
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
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
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
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
oppositionspeak speak 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 speak spelling word quiz 
n. tendency to expect the best possible outcome; belief that the universe is improving and good will win over evil
ordinaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree; lacking special distinction, rank, or status
I am simply applying to ordinary life a few of those precepts of observation and deduction which I advocated in that article.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Up to this point the incident bore the appearance of an ordinary accident, but fresh indications seem to point to serious crime.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Rose had been in high spirits, too, and they had walked on, in merry conversation, until they had far exceeded their ordinary bounds.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
organizationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the persons who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; an organized structure for arranging or classifying
Fuller knowledge of the organization which produced such terrible results served to increase rather than to lessen the horror which it inspired in the minds of men.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
And it was against this nocturnal organization that the newspapers of the North cried out most loudly, never realizing the tragic necessity that brought it into being.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 37
By Margaret Mitche Context
oriolespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. mostly tropical songbird; the male is usually bright orange and black
ornamentspeak speak 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
outlivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. live longer than; survive or last beyond
Jennings, but he is old enough to be MY father; and if he were ever animated enough to be in love, must have long outlived every sensation of the kind.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 8
By Jane Austen Context
outpostspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a military post stationed at a distance from the main body of troops; a station in a remote or sparsely populated location
outreachspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act of reaching out; the extent or length of reaching out
overdospeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. do something to an excessive degree
overpassspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. bridge formed by the upper level of a crossing of two highways at different levels
overpayspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. pay too much; pay in excess of what is due
overproductionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. too much production or more than expected
overratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make too high an estimate of
overweightspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the property of excessive fatness
ovulationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the expulsion of an ovum from the ovary, usually midway in the menstrual cycle
pageantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. elaborate exhibition devised for the entertainment; show, spectacle, or display
pamphletspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. brochure; leaflet; a small book usually having a paper cover
pangspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a sharp spasm of pain; a mental pain or distress; a sudden sharp feeling
It was a sound which did not make her cheerful; she wondered that Edmund should forget her, and felt a pang.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 7
By Jane Austen Context
I cannot leave him even now, without remembering with a pang, at once his modest fortitude and his great sorrow.
David Copperfield - Chapter 32
By Charles Dickens Context
A pang went through her as she heard an agonized squealing which was suddenly stilled by a pistol shot and she knew that the sow was dead.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 27
By Margaret Mitche Context
parachutespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall
parallelspeak speak 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 speak 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
peaceablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. disposed to peace or of a peaceful nature; not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war
A pot of beer had appeared from the Jolly Bargemen, and they were sharing it by turns in a peaceable manner.
Great Expectations - Chapter 15
By Charles Dickens Context
peasantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one of a class of agricultural laborers; a country person
You could not find a more lonely tract of road anywhere, and it is quite rare to meet so much as a cart, or a peasant, until you reach the high road near Crooksbury Hill.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
perilspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. danger; risk; hazard; jeopardy; exposure of person or property to injury, loss, or destruction
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
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
permanentspeak speak 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
perplexedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment
Holmes, save that I was so perplexed that I felt I should not be happy until I had seen you and had your advice.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Here we may take it that there is a love matter, but that the maiden is not so much angry as perplexed, or grieved.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
persistentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. constant; continuing to exist or endure over a prolonged period
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 speak 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
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
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
pertainspeak speak 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 speak 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
philanthropyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. voluntary promotion of human welfare
Yet Yeobright was as firm in the contrary intention as if the tendency of marriage were rather to develop the fantasies of young philanthropy than to sweep them away.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
picnicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. eat in the open air; have informal meal eaten outside or on an excursion
pigeonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs
Here was a small rough hole in the mud wall, originally made for pigeons, through which the interior of the next shed could be viewed.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
The blackbirds whistled it in the hedges, the pigeons cooed it in the elms, it got into the din of the smithies and the tune of the church bells.
Animal Farm - Chapter 4
By George Orwell Context
playwrightspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. someone who writes plays
pleasantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. affording pleasure; being in harmony with your taste or likings; having pleasing manners or behavior
The sight of a friendly face in the great wilderness of London is a pleasant thing indeed to a lonely man.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
A short walk brought us to a secluded road fringed with pleasant houses, each standing in its own grounds.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It would have been a pleasant job to go down by that on such a night, and have to walk home through a pond.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
poisonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. anything that harms or destroys; any substance that causes injury or illness or death of a living organism
Out of the black shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, now faint, as the burning poison waxed or waned in the bowls of the metal pipes.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Having prepared his mind, by solitude and gloom, to prefer any society to the companionship of his own sad thoughts in such a dreary place, he was now slowly instilling into his soul the poison which he hoped would blacken it, and change its hue for ever.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
politicianspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person active in party politics; a leader engaged in civil administration
possibilityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. capability of existing or happening or being true; a future prospect or potential
I made shorthand notes of all that she said, however, so that there should be no possibility of a mistake.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
So accustomed was I to his invariable success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to enter into my head.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
You amused me by supposing that I was contemplating the possibility of someone having in broad daylight, under the eyes of all these opposite rooms, forced himself through it.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
powerlessspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lacking power; without ability, influence, or power
There was something ominous in the air, exactly what Ashley did not know, but he was powerless to save Scarlett from it.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 32
By Margaret Mitche Context
With a last faint effort, which would have been powerless but for my yielding to it and assisting it, he raised my hand to his lips.
Great Expectations - Chapter 56
By Charles Dickens Context
The young lady, making an effort to recover her cheerfulness, strove to play some livelier tune; but her fingers dropped powerless over the keys.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
practicallyspeak speak 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
practicespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a customary way of operation or behavior; the exercise of a profession; translating an idea into action
They had been instructed theoretically in their religion, but never required to bring it into daily practice.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 48
By Jane Austen Context
Those rules of deduction laid down in that article which aroused your scorn, are invaluable to me in practical work.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
At the time of which I speak, Holmes had been back for some months, and I at his request had sold my practice and returned to share the old quarters in Baker Street.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
precedespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. come before in order or position; go in front or ahead of
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
preciselyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a precise manner; just as it should be; indicating exactness or preciseness
Heathcliff: perhaps you have never remarked that their eyes are precisely similar, and they are those of Catherine Earnshaw.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 33
By Emily Bronte Context
Sikes disposed of a couple of glasses of spirits and water, and threw himself on the bed; ordering Nancy, with many imprecations in case of failure, to call him at five precisely.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
In fact, precisely at this transitional point of its nightly roll into darkness the great and particular glory of the Egdon waste began, and nobody could be said to understand the heath who had not been there at such a time.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
predominantspeak speak 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 speak spelling word quiz 
n. opinion formed without due examination; leaning toward one side of a question
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
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
preliminaryspeak speak 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
preparationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. activity leading to skilled behavior
I spotted the bottle in which this preparation was kept, and when they were all gone, I helped myself to a little of it.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
These details and accompanying delays worked up an atmosphere of preparation that was as impressive as it was fascinating.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 23
By Mark Twain Context
The most prominent object was a long table with a tablecloth spread on it, as if a feast had been in preparation when the house and the clocks all stopped together.
Great Expectations - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
primerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an introductory textbook; the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
primitivespeak speak 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