9th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 9: Vocabulary - List 7

priorityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. preceding in time, importance, or urgency
prisonerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
We had all risen to our feet, our prisoner breathing hard, with a stalwart constable on each side of him.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Wildeve breathed the breath of one intolerably bored, and glanced through the partition at the prisoners.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Still, in the same moment, I saw the prisoner start up, lean across his captor, and pull the cloak from the neck of the shrinking sitter in the galley.
Great Expectations - Chapter 54
By Charles Dickens Context
procedurespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act or manner of moving forward; act performed; steps taken in an action
processionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of proceeding, moving on, advancing, or issuing; regular, orderly, or ceremonious progress; continuous course
Hubble, who were surpassingly conceited and vainglorious in being members of so distinguished a procession.
Great Expectations - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
Boxer and Clover pulled the wagon which served as a hearse, and Napoleon himself walked at the head of the procession.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
WE slept most all day, and started out at night, a little ways behind a monstrous long raft that was as long going by as a procession.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Chapter 16
By Mark Twain Context
procrastinationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time; slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it
prominentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. conspicuous; immediately noticeable; sticking out; widely known
Clifford looked at Connie, with his pale, slightly prominent blue eyes, in which a certain vagueness was coming.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 5
By D H Lawrence Context
Abraham in red going to sacrifice Isaac in blue, and Daniel in yellow cast into a den of green lions, were the most prominent of these.
David Copperfield - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens 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
propositionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. plan suggested for acceptance; a matter to be dealt with; subject for discussion or analysis
It seems to me, at this distance of time, as if it were the next day when Peggotty broached the striking and adventurous proposition I am about to mention; but it was probably about two months afterwards.
David Copperfield - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
Her next proposition, of shewing the house to such of them as had not been there before, was more acceptable, for Miss Bertram was pleased to have its size displayed, and all were glad to be doing something.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 9
By Jane Austen Context
prosperousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. successful; thriving; having or characterized by financial success or good fortune
She could not consider her partiality for Edward in so prosperous a state as Marianne had believed it.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
Among those who are at all his equals in consequence, he is a very different man from what he is to the less prosperous.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 16
By Jane Austen Context
provespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. increase in volume; be shown or be found to be; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
I wanted to be cutting at those trees in the forest of difficulty, under circumstances that should prove my strength.
David Copperfield - Chapter 36
By Charles Dickens Context
If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The birds at first objected, since it seemed to them that they also had two legs, but Snowball proved to them that this was not so.
Animal Farm - Chapter 3
By George Orwell Context
psychologyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. science that deals with mental processes and behavior
publicityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. state of being public; information to attract public notice
questionnairespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information
rapierspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges
She held a line of tatting in her hands and she was driving the shining needle back and forth as furiously as though handling a rapier in a duel.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 55
By Margaret Mitche Context
raucouslyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a rowdy manner; with a raucous sound
On the ledge of rock above this strange couple there stood three solemn buzzards, who, at the sight of the new comers uttered raucous screams of disappointment and flapped sullenly away.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
readilyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. easily; quickly; in a prompt, timely manner; promptly
A regard for the requester would often make one readily yield to a request, without waiting for arguments to reason one into it.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
I shall now add a little milk to make the mixture palatable, and on presenting it to the dog we find that he laps it up readily enough.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
You knew that this man Horner, the plumber, had been concerned in some such matter before, and that suspicion would rest the more readily upon him.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
rebusspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words
reciprocityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a relation of mutual dependence or action or influence; mutual exchange of commercial or other privileges
Now, Yeobright, having inherited some of these very instincts from the woman before him, could not fail to awaken a reciprocity in her through her feelings, if not by arguments, disguise it as she might for his good.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
referencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of referring or consulting; remark that calls attention to something or someone
A reference to the passenger list showed that Miss Fraser, of Adelaide, with her maid had made the voyage in her.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Wopsle referred to me, he considered it a necessary part of such reference to rumple my hair and poke it into my eyes.
Great Expectations - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
I have determined, therefore, to call upon you and to consult you in reference to the very painful event which has occurred in connection with my wedding.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
regardspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. deem to be; connect closely and often incriminatingly; look at attentively
Copperfield, to do the same; to regard it as an investment which is sure of return, and to make up his mind to any sacrifice.
David Copperfield - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
He had thought he loved her to distraction; he had regarded his passion as adoration; and behold it was only a poor little evanescent partiality.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 3
By Mark Twain Context
Bounderby and myself might have deemed it years ago, that he would ever become my patron, making me an annual compliment, I cannot but regard him in that light.
Hard Times - Chapter 15
By Charles Dickens Context
registerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. give outward signs of; express; record in writing; enroll as a student
rehearsalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of rehearsing; exercise or practice to prepare for a public performance
Maria, she also thought, acted well, too well; and after the first rehearsal or two, Fanny began to be their only audience; and sometimes as prompter, sometimes as spectator, was often very useful.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
religiousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of religion; concerned with religion; having or showing belief in and reverence for God or a deity
The ownership of property has now become a religious question: as it has been since Jesus and St Francis.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 13
By D H Lawrence Context
No matter what the subject might be, a brainracking effort was made to squirm it into some aspect or other that the moral and religious mind could contemplate with edification.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 21
By Mark Twain Context
remembrancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the ability to recall past occurrences; a recognition of meritorious service
Her two absent cousins, especially Maria, were much in her thoughts on seeing him; but no embarrassing remembrance affected his spirits.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
She had had a disappointment, moreover, which that book, and especially the history of her own family, must ever present the remembrance of.
Persuasion - Chapter 1
By Jane Austen Context
I can make no claim therefore to have known, at that time, how matters stood; or to have any remembrance, founded on the evidence of my own senses, of what follows.
David Copperfield - Chapter 1
By Charles Dickens Context
remuneratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make payment to; compensate
Trabb measured and calculated me in the parlor, as if I were an estate and he the finest species of surveyor, and gave himself such a world of trouble that I felt that no suit of clothes could possibly remunerate him for his pains.
Great Expectations - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
representativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one that represents anything; that which exhibits a likeness or similitude; agent
When he was sober he used to be fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would make me his representative both with the servants and with the tradespeople, so that by the time that I was sixteen I was quite master of the house.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
requirementspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. anything indispensable; something that is required in advance
resistancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with
Only when I pressed the cold muzzle of the revolver to his temple did he at last understand that resistance was vain.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
His face and hands were terribly mangled by his passage through the glass, but loss of blood had no effect in diminishing his resistance.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Left alone with her mother, Louisa saw her lying with an awful lull upon her face, like one who was floating away upon some great water, all resistance over, content to be carried down the stream.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
resolutelyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. showing firm determination or purpose; with firmness
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
Resolutely she took it by the hem and jerked, put it in her mouth and gnawed, until finally the material gave with a rip and tore the length.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 24
By Margaret Mitche Context
resolutionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. determination; resolving to do something; formal statement of a decision
The basin was refilled, and this time he stood over it a little while, gathering resolution; took in a big breath and began.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 4
By Mark Twain Context
I had a catching of the breath, and my skin went cold at the words, which were slowly uttered in a tone of concentrated resolution.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Elizabeth would wonder, and probably would blame her; and though her resolution was not to be shaken, her feelings must be hurt by such a disapprobation.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 22
By Jane Austen Context
responsibilityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. duties; obligation; state of being responsible, accountable, or answerable
I felt no inclination to tarry the event; and, resolving to seek medical aid on my own responsibility, I quitted the chamber.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 12
By Emily Bronte Context
I have no doubt she has connived at your desertion of your duties and responsibilities, so do not expect me to show pleasure in seeing her.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 19
By D H Lawrence Context
The Duke is greatly agitated, and, as to me, you have seen yourselves the state of nervous prostration to which the suspense and the responsibility have reduced me.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
restaurantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a place where people pay to sit and eat meals
When she had been with Rhett in New Orleans and Charleston she had been permitted to sit up as late as she pleased and had gone to sleep in his arms in theaters, restaurants and at card tables.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 59
By Margaret Mitche Context
ridiculousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. completely lacking of wisdom or good sense
The human beings could not contain their rage when they heard this song, though they pretended to think it merely ridiculous.
Animal Farm - Chapter 4
By George Orwell Context
She told the story, however, with great spirit among her friends; for she had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
In fact everything was a little ridiculous, or very ridiculous: certainly everything connected with authority, whether it were in the army or the government or the universities, was ridiculous to a degree.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 1
By D H Lawrence Context
satisfactorilyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a way that fulfills expectations or needs; acceptably
I used to draw a comparison between him and Hindley Earnshaw, and perplex myself to explain satisfactorily why their conduct was so opposite in similar circumstances.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 17
By Emily Bronte Context
I intimated that my aunt would be proud and delighted to make their acquaintance; though I must say I was not quite sure of their getting on very satisfactorily together.
David Copperfield - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
And with every day that passed, she became more sure in her own mind of his devotion, more certain he would arrange matters satisfactorily when the Yankees were finally beaten.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 16
By Margaret Mitche Context
scoundrelspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
My business was to declare myself a scoundrel, and whether I did it with a bow or a bluster was of little importance.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 44
By Jane Austen Context
She thought that some of them had been laying violent hands on me; and, not daring to attack her master, she turned her vocal artillery against the younger scoundrel.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 2
By Emily Bronte Context
At the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of whom I have spoken, who thrust her back and, aided by a Dane, who acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
scrawnyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. being very thin; inferior in size or quality
securityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. freedom from risk or danger; safety
One of our most lucrative means of laying out money is in the shape of loans, where the security is unimpeachable.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Betsey funded her property for some time, and then, by the advice of her man of business, laid it out on landed security.
David Copperfield - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
segregationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups
senatorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a member of a senate; a member of the king's council; a king's councilor
sensibilityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. ability to feel or perceive; keen intellectual perception
For the first time, since their renewed acquaintance, she felt that she was betraying the least sensibility of the two.
Persuasion - Chapter 19
By Jane Austen Context
They read, they talked, they sang together; his musical talents were considerable; and he read with all the sensibility and spirit which Edward had unfortunately wanted.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
sheerspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. very thin or transparent; very steep; absolute or pure
She lays close to the Endymion, between her and the Cleopatra, just to the eastward of the sheer hulk.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 38
By Jane Austen Context
In a school carried on by sheer cruelty, whether it is presided over by a dunce or not, there is not likely to be much learnt.
David Copperfield - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
In your picturesque account of the matter, which I read with great interest some months later, you assert that the wall was sheer.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
sheriffspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. chief officer of a shire or county, to whom is entrusted the execution of the laws
There was another pause, and then the judge arrived and the sheriff proclaimed the opening of the court.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 23
By Mark Twain Context
Brownlow and Oliver appeared at the wicket, and presented an order of admission to the prisoner, signed by one of the sheriffs.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
significancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. message that is intended or expressed or signified; meaning
Her eye was arrested by what was a familiar sight enough, though it broke upon her now with a new significance.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
similespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. comparison of one thing with another, in English generally using like or as
His celebrated passages are quoted by everybody; they are in half the books we open, and we all talk Shakespeare, use his similes, and describe with his descriptions; but this is totally distinct from giving his sense as you gave it.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 34
By Jane Austen Context
situatedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having a site, situation, or location; being in a relative position; permanently fixed; placed; located
It made her melancholy again; and the knowledge of what must be enduring there, invested even the house, modern, airy, and well situated as it was, with a melancholy aspect.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 46
By Jane Austen Context
It is, as he said, beautifully situated, but it is not beautiful in itself, for it is a large square block of a house, whitewashed, but all stained and streaked with damp and bad weather.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
skittishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unpredictably excitable, especially of horses
solutionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. method for solving a problem; successful action of solving a problem
How to discover a solution to this riddle of death seemed a query of more importance than highest problems of the living.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
And I even attempted, more than once, for my own private satisfaction, to employ his methods in their solution, though with indifferent success.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
sophomorespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a second year undergraduate
souvenirspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. token of remembrance; memento; something of sentimental value
It is a little souvenir from the King of Bohemia in return for my assistance in the case of the Irene Adler papers.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
specificspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. stated explicitly or in detail; definite
specimenspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. model; sample; an example regarded as typical of its class
There was a sound upon the stairs, and our door was opened to admit as fine a specimen of manhood as ever passed through it.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It was so dark that I could not see the means of exit; and, as I wandered round, I heard another specimen of their civil behaviour amongst each other.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 2
By Emily Bronte Context
So the bud blossomed into a flower, and the year which saw her father the richest of the farmers left her as fair a specimen of American girlhood as could be found in the whole Pacific slope.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
spiritualspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not tangible or material; belonging to religion; sacred; supernatural
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
The dismal spiritual atmosphere overcame, and more than neutralised, the glowing physical comforts round me; and I resolved to be cautious how I ventured under those rafters a third time.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 2
By Emily Bronte Context