11th Grade Spelling Words With Definition

 Grade 11: With Definition - 3
cynicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person who believes that people are motivated purely by self-interest rather than acting for honorable or unselfish reasons
dearthspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops
debaucheryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. corruption of fidelity; seduction from virtue, duty, or allegiance; excessive indulgence of the appetites
decimatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. destroy or kill a large part of; select by lot and kill one in every ten of
decorousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. according with propriety, dignity, good taste in manners and conduct
The green eyes in the carefully sweet face were turbulent, willful, lusty with life, distinctly at variance with her decorous demeanor.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 1
By Margaret Mitche Context
A direct fall from upright to horizontal, which was the end of the other fighting characters, was not an elegant or decorous part for a girl.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
A lady so decorous in herself, and so highly connected, was not to be suspected of dropping over the banisters or sliding down them, yet her extraordinary facility of locomotion suggested the wild idea.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
deferencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect
I assure you, that if Darcy were not such a great tall fellow, in comparison with myself, I should not pay him half so much deference.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
She felt that he had every thing to elevate him which general attention and deference, and especially the attention of all the young women, could do.
Persuasion - Chapter 8
By Jane Austen Context
But you have now shewn me that you can be wilful and perverse; that you can and will decide for yourself, without any consideration or deference for those who have surely some right to guide you, without even asking their advice.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 32
By Jane Austen Context
definitivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. final; complete; precisely defined or explicit
She did not know what she was looking for, or at, very definitely, yet she moved the lamp till it shone full on her.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
deleteriousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
delineatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out
Willoughby was all that her fancy had delineated in that unhappy hour and in every brighter period, as capable of attaching her; and his behaviour declared his wishes to be in that respect as earnest, as his abilities were strong.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
delineationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects; a graphic or vivid verbal description
deludespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. deceive mind or judgment of; lead from truth or into error; frustrate or disappoint
Clair had been deluded when, with a cry, she sprang at a small deal box which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Catherine we would fain have deluded yet; but her own quick spirit refused to delude her: it divined in secret, and brooded on the dreadful probability, gradually ripening into certainty.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 27
By Emily Bronte Context
demagoguespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader of people
denizenspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. inhabitant or resident; regular visitor
The denizens of the forest cannot, of course, expect to participate in the refinements of the land of the Free.
David Copperfield - Chapter 57
By Charles Dickens Context
Sometimes this throat uttered Yes, sometimes it uttered No; sometimes it made inquiries about a time worn denizen of the place.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
deplorablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. of very poor quality or condition; bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
He was a tearful boy, and broke into such deplorable lamentations, when a cessation of our connexion was hinted at, that we were obliged to keep him.
David Copperfield - Chapter 48
By Charles Dickens Context
For that reason I turned away from you this evening when you upset my books, for I was in danger at the time, and any show of surprise and emotion upon your part might have drawn attention to my identity and led to the most deplorable and irreparable results.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
depositionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. testimony under oath; act of depositing, especially laying down of matter by natural process
There were only a couple of women in the dock, who were nodding to their admiring friends, while the clerk read some depositions to a couple of policemen and a man in plain clothes who leant over the table.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
depravityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. extreme corruption or degradation; wickedness
Still I recognized that justice must be done, and that the depravity of the victim was no condonment 11 in the eyes of the law.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
depreciationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. devaluation; decrease in price or value
He carried his head on one side, partly in modest depreciation of himself, partly in modest propitiation of everybody else.
David Copperfield - Chapter 1
By Charles Dickens 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
derisionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act of treating with contempt; contemptuous laughter
After receiving the charge with every mark of derision, the pupils formed in line and buzzingly passed a ragged book from hand to hand.
Great Expectations - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
She looked at his two sisters, and saw them making signs of derision at each other, and at Darcy, who continued, however, imperturbably grave.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
At one end of the corridor we were all marshalled by Sherlock Holmes, the constables grinning and Lestrade staring at my friend with amazement, expectation, and derision chasing each other across his features.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
derivativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. unoriginal; derived from another source
destitutespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid
The hungry and destitute situation of the infant orphan was duly reported by the workhouse authorities to the parish authorities.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
dictumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source
diffidentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. showing modest reserve; lacking self-confidence
Even with Honey, with whom he had an unspoken understanding of marriage when he came into his property next fall, he was diffident and silent.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 6
By Margaret Mitche Context
He was too diffident to do justice to himself; but when his natural shyness was overcome, his behaviour gave every indication of an open, affectionate heart.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
dispensationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a share that has been dispensed or distributed; an exemption from some rule or obligation
And, as to procuring a dispensation, there could be no difficulty at his time of life, and with his character.
Persuasion - Chapter 12
By Jane Austen Context
disquietspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make uneasy or anxious; trouble
To a man who is struggling with a complicated burden of perplexity and disquiet, such a reception is trying, I assure you.
David Copperfield - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
dissensionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters; disagreement among those expected to cooperate
There were dissensions within the Confederate cabinet, disagreements between President Davis and his generals.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 16
By Margaret Mitche Context
dissipatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. spend or expend wastefully; vanish by dispersion; drive away; disperse
diversityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. point or respect in which things differ; difference
Nancy quickly brought a bottle from a cupboard, in which there were many: which, to judge from the diversity of their appearance, were filled with several kinds of liquids.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
docilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. obedient; ready and willing to be taught; easily managed or handled
dogmaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. something held as an established opinion, especially a definite authoritative tenet; doctrine
dogmaticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. stubbornly adhering to insufficiently proven beliefs; inflexible, rigid
He stated that his discourses to people were to be sometimes secular, and sometimes religious, but never dogmatic; and that his texts would be taken from all kinds of books.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
This sort of nose is usually a short and coarse one, but there is a sufficient number of exceptions to prevent me from being dogmatic or from insisting upon this point in my description.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
domesticityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. domestic activities or life; home or family life
A domestic drama, for which the preparations were now being made a mile or two off, was but little less vividly present to her eyes than if enacted before her.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
dominationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the exercise of control or influence over someone or something
The road had become a street, and as you sank, you forgot instantly the open, rolling country where the castles and big houses still dominated, but like ghosts.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 11
By D H Lawrence Context
eclecticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. composed of elements from a variety of sources
edifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. instruct or correct, especially so as to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement
The sound of our pens going refreshed us exceedingly, insomuch that I sometimes found it difficult to distinguish between this edifying business proceeding and actually paying the money.
Great Expectations - Chapter 34
By Charles Dickens Context
effusionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. flow under pressure; an unrestrained expression of emotion
Her daughters listened in silence to this effusion, sensible that any attempt to reason with her or soothe her would only increase the irritation.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
Such violence of affliction indeed could not be supported for ever; it sunk within a few days into a calmer melancholy; but these employments, to which she daily recurred, her solitary walks and silent meditations, still produced occasional effusions of sorrow as lively as ever.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 16
By Jane Austen Context
egocentricspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. caring only about oneself; selfish; self-centered
elevationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. altitude; height above a given level, especially sea level
Their path was not over Rainbarrow now, but down a valley which left that ancient elevation a little to the east.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
He had toiled painfully down the ravine, and on to this little elevation, in the vain hope of seeing some signs of water.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Words were insufficient for the elevation of his feelings; and he was obliged to walk about the room, while Elizabeth tried to unite civility and truth in a few short sentences.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 38
By Jane Austen Context
elicitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. draw out; bring forth or to light; generate or provoke as response or answer
It would have rankled in me more than it did, if I had not regarded myself as eliciting it by being so set apart for her and assigned to her.
Great Expectations - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
Dick again, who joined us, and looked as wise as he could when she requested him to attend to my story, which she elicited from me, gradually, by a course of questions.
David Copperfield - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
Sherlock Holmes listened with attention to the long report which I was able to present to him that evening, but it did not elicit that word of curt praise which I had hoped for and should have valued.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
elusivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind
emergentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. occurring unexpectedly and requiring urgent action; coming into existence
Palmer, who seemed to feel a relief to himself, in leaving behind him a person so well able to assist or advise Miss Dashwood in any emergence.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 43
By Jane Austen Context
eminentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. standing out above other things; high in rank, office, or worth
I had been very happy there, I had a great attachment for the Doctor, and I was eminent and distinguished in that little world.
David Copperfield - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
When you have finished, come downstairs with me, and I will introduce you to a detective who is a very eminent specialist in the work that lies before us.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
There, round the long table, sat half a dozen farmers and half a dozen of the more eminent pigs, Napoleon himself occupying the seat of honour at the head of the table.
Animal Farm - Chapter 10
By George Orwell Context
empiricalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
emulatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. be a match or counterpart for; eager to equal or excel
engenderspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cause; bring into existence; give rise to
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
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
enigmaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. puzzle; a person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand
There was nothing else left to do; after that he would allow the enigma to drop into the abyss of undiscoverable things.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
entreatyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a serious and urgent request; an earnest or humble request
She was about to renew her entreaties when a door slammed overhead, and the sound of several footsteps was heard upon the stairs.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The reasons for this alteration were at the same time related, and they were such as to make further entreaty on his side impossible.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 12
By Jane Austen Context
A timely observation of the sense of power that there was in his face, did more to bring back to my remembrance the entreaty of Agnes, in its full force, than any effort I could have made.
David Copperfield - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
ephemeralspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. short-lived; enduring a very short time
These tinctured the silent bosom of the clouds above them and lit up their ephemeral caves, which seemed thenceforth to become scalding caldrons.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
epiphanyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being; twelve days after Christmas
epitomespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. representative or perfect example of a class or type; brief summary, as of a book or article
Harthouse professed himself in the highest degree instructed and refreshed, by this condensed epitome of the whole Coketown question.
Hard Times - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
equanimityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. calmness of temperament; steadiness of mind under stress.
Holmes had recovered his equanimity, though I still seemed to detect gleams of amusement in his expression.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
This attack was a more serious matter than the last, and it was some time before Wildeve recovered his equanimity.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
She was silently weeping, and he lay with her and went into her there on the hearthrug, and so they gained a measure of equanimity.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 14
By D H Lawrence Context
equitablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by or having equity; just and impartial
All Huntingdon exclaimed on the greatness of the match, and her uncle, the lawyer, himself, allowed her to be at least three thousand pounds short of any equitable claim to it.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 1
By Jane Austen Context
equivocalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead
Elizabeth saw directly that her father had not the smallest intention of yielding; but his answers were at the same time so vague and equivocal, that her mother, though often disheartened, had never yet despaired of succeeding at last.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 39
By Jane Austen Context
eruditespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. learned; scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from books