9th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 9: Vocabulary - List 8

squeamishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. excessively fastidious and easily disgusted
stagnatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. be idle; exist in a changeless situation; stand still; cease to flow; stand without moving
One point was evident in this; that she had been existing in a suppressed state, and not in one of languor, or stagnation.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
stagyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having characteristics of the stage especially an artificial and mannered quality
stealthyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed
Then he bent over and kissed the faded lips, and straightway made his stealthy exit, latching the door behind him.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 15
By Mark Twain Context
Nevertheless the stealthy beating of the round in search of poachers soothed his nerves and took his mind off his thoughts.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
Belated wanderers upon the mountains spoke of gangs of armed men, masked, stealthy, and noiseless, who flitted by them in the darkness.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
strenuousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. arduous; intense; performed with much energy or force;
I felt, as I looked upon that supple figure, alive with nervous energy, that it was indeed a strenuous day that awaited us.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I only know that I found myself, with a perseverance worthy of a much better cause, making the most strenuous exertions to compress it within those limits.
Great Expectations - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
stretchspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. extend; pull in opposite directions; lie down comfortably
Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in front of the fire and laughed heartily for some minutes.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I think Tom may be gradually falling into trouble, and I wish to stretch out a helping hand to him from the depths of my wicked experience.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
At present my attention was centred upon the single grim motionless figure which lay stretched upon the boards, with vacant sightless eyes staring up at the discoloured ceiling.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
substantialspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. fairly large; in essentials; material; true or real; not imaginary; solidly built
The Guthries were more or less their own sort, substantial, but boring: and the girls wanted husbands.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
The outer door would not open to our knock, and nothing more substantial than a torrent of bad language came from behind it.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The bonfire was by this time beginning to sink low, for the fuel had not been of that substantial sort which can support a blaze long.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
subtlespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. slight; be difficult to detect or grasp by the mind
Dick extended to the Doctor, whom he thought the most subtle and accomplished philosopher of any age.
David Copperfield - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
So they had given the gift of themselves, each to the youth with whom she had the most subtle and intimate arguments.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 1
By D H Lawrence Context
My sister and I, you will recollect, were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two souls which are so closely allied.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
subvertspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cause the downfall of; destroy property or hinder normal operations; corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
successfulspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome
They were unavailing for a long time, but ultimately successful; and he went back with her to France.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 51
By Charles Dickens Context
He had then had several successful voyages in succession, and in the following year, 1884, he retired.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He swore in his heart that he would not fail in this if human effort and human perseverance could render him successful.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
sufficientspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. adequate; enough; being as much as is needed
It is equally certain, too, that whatever her sins are, they will soon receive a more than sufficient punishment.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Bounderby, was sufficient to stun this admirable lady again without collision between herself and any other fact.
Hard Times - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
By late summer a sufficient store of stone had accumulated, and then the building began, under the superintendence of the pigs.
Animal Farm - Chapter 6
By George Orwell Context
summarizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. give a brief statement of the main points of something
superintendentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. director; person who has the authority to supervise or direct; janitor or custodian in a building
The return of winter engagements, however, was not without its effect; and in the course of their progress, her mind became so pleasantly occupied in superintending the fortunes of her eldest niece, as tolerably to quiet her nerves.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
Ten blue tickets equalled a red one, and could be exchanged for it; ten red tickets equalled a yellow one; for ten yellow tickets the superintendent gave a very plainly bound Bible (worth forty cents in those easy times) to the pupil.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 4
By Mark Twain Context
suppressspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. put down by force or authority; overwhelm; keep from being revealed
Murdstone, was extreme; but I made an endeavour to suppress it, and to be as agreeable as I could in a quiet way.
David Copperfield - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
She gave way to such great grief, that Oliver, suppressing his own emotion, ventured to remonstrate with her; and to beg, earnestly, that, for the sake of the dear young lady herself, she would be more calm.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
surgeonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one who performs manual operations on a patient
In the midst of this, Rachael returned; and with her party there was a surgeon, who brought some wine and medicines.
Hard Times - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
The van had previously been the property of the knacker, and had been bought by the veterinary surgeon, who had not yet painted the old name out.
Animal Farm - Chapter 9
By George Orwell Context
With a glow of admiration I watched Holmes unrolling his case of instruments and choosing his tool with the calm, scientific accuracy of a surgeon who performs a delicate operation.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
surreptitiouslyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a way that attempts to avoid notice or attention; secretively
suspensespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. uncertain cognitive state; uncertainty
John Ferrier felt that instant death would be better than the suspense which shook his nerves and chilled his heart.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I fancied that I could detect in his manner a consciousness of this, and a purpose of always holding her in suspense.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
He covered his head with the bedclothes and waited in a horror of suspense for his doom; for he had not the shadow of a doubt that all this hubbub was about him.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 22
By Mark Twain Context
syllablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme
Her features were so sad, they did not seem hers: she evidently regarded what she had heard as every syllable true.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 22
By Emily Bronte Context
I will take my oath he never dropt a syllable of being tired of her, or of wishing to marry Miss Morton, or any thing like it.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 38
By Jane Austen Context
symbolspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. sign; something visible to represent something else invisible
His features were attractive in the light of symbols, as sounds intrinsically common become attractive in language, and as shapes intrinsically simple become interesting in writing.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
symphonyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. large orchestra; harmony, especially of sound or color
tactfulspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with people
The most important was how to make Frank realize, in a tactful manner, that his store should bring in more money.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 36
By Margaret Mitche Context
tattletalespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. someone who gossips indiscreetly
techniquespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. practical method or art applied to some particular task; skillfulness
telepathyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. apparent communication from one mind to another without using sensory perceptions
temperaturespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. degree of any quality; condition with respect to heat or cold; degree of heat or cold
I never discovered from whom Joe derived the conventional temperature of the four thousand pounds; but it appeared to make the sum of money more to him, and he had a manifest relish in insisting on its being cool.
Great Expectations - Chapter 57
By Charles Dickens Context
tendencyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. trend; a general direction in which something tends to move
They were of sobering tendency; they allayed agitation; they composed, and consequently must make her happier.
Persuasion - Chapter 7
By Jane Austen Context
An union of a different tendency, and precluding the possibility of the other, was soon to be formed in their family.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
She was sure that in my every purpose I should gain a firmer and a higher tendency, through the grief I had undergone.
David Copperfield - Chapter 58
By Charles Dickens Context
There was never much laughing in his presence; or, if there is any difference, it is not more, I think, than such an absence has a tendency to produce at first.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
tiresomespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
The mother I could not avoid, as long as my tiresome aunt was dancing about with the housekeeper, but the son I can get away from.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
The invalid complained of being covered with ashes; but he had a tiresome cough, and looked feverish and ill, so I did not rebuke his temper.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 23
By Emily Bronte Context
If this tiresome hysterical boy should chance to get well he himself would lose all chance of inheriting Misselthwaite; but he was not an unscrupulous man, though he was a weak one, and he did not intend to let him run into actual danger.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 19
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
tournamentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. contest; sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner
trafficspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the amount of activity over a communication system during a given period of time; buying and selling; especially illicit trade
But he was aware of the noises of the night, the engines at Stacks Gate, the traffic on the main road.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
As they approached the City, the noise and traffic gradually increased; when they threaded the streets between Shoreditch and Smithfield, it had swelled into a roar of sound and bustle.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
transitivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a verb that requires an object in order to be grammatical
tribulationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event
twelfthspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one part in twelve equal parts; position 12 in a countable series of things
tyingspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act of tying or binding things together
Sikes contented himself with tying an imaginary knot under his left ear, and jerking his head over on the right shoulder; a piece of dumb show which the Jew appeared to understand perfectly.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
tyrannyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. oppression; cruel government; office or authority of an absolute ruler; absolute power
As the great day approached, all the tyranny that was in him came to the surface; he seemed to take a vindictive pleasure in punishing the least shortcomings.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 21
By Mark Twain Context
Immediately surrounding Mrs Musgrove were the little Harvilles, whom she was sedulously guarding from the tyranny of the two children from the Cottage, expressly arrived to amuse them.
Persuasion - Chapter 14
By Jane Austen Context
unanimousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. uniform; in complete agreement
No other visitor appeared that evening, and the ladies were unanimous in agreeing to go early to bed.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 26
By Jane Austen Context
undauntedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unshaken in purpose; resolutely courageous
On this occasion he seemed to think he was introduced expressly to keep Traddles at bay; and he barked at my old friend, and made short runs at his plate, with such undaunted pertinacity, that he may be said to have engrossed the conversation.
David Copperfield - Chapter 44
By Charles Dickens Context
Such commendations had been bestowed upon his bravery, that he could not, for the life of him, help postponing the explanation for a few delicious minutes; during which he had flourished, in the very zenith of a brief reputation for undaunted courage.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
undergarmentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a garment worn under other garments
underratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make too low an estimate of
She had listened with calm contempt while these women had underrated the Confederate Army, blackguarded Jeff Davis and accused Southerners of murder and torture of their slaves.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 38
By Margaret Mitche Context
undersizedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. smaller than normal for its kind
undoubtedlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. unquestionably; without doubt; certainly
Willoughby may undoubtedly have very sufficient reasons for his conduct, and I will hope that he has.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 15
By Jane Austen Context
Bingley likes your sister undoubtedly; but he may never do more than like her, if she does not help him on.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
To do this, we must try the simplest means first, and these lie undoubtedly in an advertisement in all the evening papers.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
unforgettablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. impossible to forget; very memorable
unpleasantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings
Let him be applied to, if you please, for it will be less unpleasant to me than to have a perfect stranger.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 15
By Jane Austen Context
It struck me, however, as being the one which was most likely to interest that exceedingly unpleasant old person.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Then out of a very little, she could dress herself, you see, better than most others could out of a deal, and that made things unpleasant.
David Copperfield - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
unusuallyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a way that is not habitual or common
He had evidently been carried down by two persons, one of whom had remarkably small feet and the other unusually large ones.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The fire had not then burnt unusually low, nor was the snuff of the candle very long; the candle, however, had been blown out.
Great Expectations - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
upheavespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. lift forcefully from beneath
uppermostspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in or into the highest position; in or into the most prominent position, as in the mind; at or nearest to the top
Taking the forms, he carried them over to the window and carefully examined that which was uppermost.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It was no very difficult task, for the grave was so full, that the uppermost coffin was within a few feet of the surface.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
Elinor tried to talk of something else; but Miss Steele could not be kept beyond a couple of minutes, from what was uppermost in her mind.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 38
By Jane Austen Context
vengeancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense; retribution
There were at least three others whose desire for vengeance upon me would only be increased by the death of their leader.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
A mighty cry for vengeance went up, and without waiting for further orders they charged forth in a body and made straight for the enemy.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
vexedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances; causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution; much disputed
Aunt Polly was vexed to think she had overlooked that bit of circumstantial evidence, and missed a trick.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 1
By Mark Twain Context
Elizabeth could hardly help laughing at so convenient a proposal; yet was really vexed that her mother should be always giving him such an epithet.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 59
By Jane Austen Context
During the babyhood of each child she had been too busy, too worried with money matters, too sharp and easily vexed, to win their confidence or affection.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 56
By Margaret Mitche Context
viaductspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. bridge consisting of a series of arches supported by piers used to carry a road or railroad over a valley
villainspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
I obeyed; and hemmed, and called the villain Juno, who deigned, at this second interview, to move the extreme tip of her tail, in token of owning my acquaintance.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 2
By Emily Bronte Context
There would be the dangerous villain: the man I hate: gone; another secured in his place; and my influence over the girl, with a knowledge of this crime to back it, unlimited.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 44
By Charles Dickens Context
It was a delicate part which I had to play then, for I saw that a prosecution must be avoided to avert scandal, and I knew that so astute a villain would see that our hands were tied in the matter.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
vivisectionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act of operating on living animals, especially in scientific research
warilyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a way that shows a lack of trust; suspiciously; cautiously; carefully
At the stairs where we had taken him abroad, and ever since, I had looked warily for any token of our being suspected.
Great Expectations - Chapter 54
By Charles Dickens Context
He presently halted under a great elm, blew an answering blast, and then began to tiptoe and look warily out, this way and that.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 8
By Mark Twain Context
warlikespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. suggesting war or military life; disposed to warfare or hard-line policies
Bumble accompanied the threat with many warlike gestures, she was much touched with this proof of his devotion, and protested, with great admiration, that he was indeed a dove.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 27
By Charles Dickens Context
welterweightspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 148 pounds
whereaboutsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the general location where something is
Up to a late hour last night, however, nothing had transpired as to the whereabouts of the missing lady.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
For some weeks nothing was known of her whereabouts, then the pigeons reported that they had seen her on the other side of Willingdon.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
When father died, we were left very poor, but one day we were told that there was an advertisement in the TIMES, inquiring for our whereabouts.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
whetstonespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or knives
witchcraftspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the art of sorcery; the practice of magic, especially black magic
wrestspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically
wrigglespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, especially when struggling
When I hear Mrs Bolton talk, I feel myself plunging down, down, to the depths where the fish of human secrets wriggle and swim.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context