Difficult 5th grade spelling words

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Welcome to grade 5 kids.
By the time you are done with this particular spelling words  list, you’ll find yourself in middle school.
Grade 5 is the borderline between easy vocabulary and hard vocabulary.
Starting now, you’ll be encountering words that are pronounced in one way but are spelled in another.
Yes, the words will only be getting harder from this point onward. But don’t worry.
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Make the best use of the 5th grade spelling bee words list below in both your academics, as well as in your next spelling bee. 
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5th grade Spelling Words

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5th grade words definitions

As usual find in the second table the meaning of the strangest words from this 5th grade Spelling Words list:

Adaptation The act or process of adapting, or fitting; or the state of being adapted or fitted; fitness. – The result of adapting; an adapted form.
Garment Any article of clothing, as a coat, a gown, etc.
Rebellious Engaged in rebellion; disposed to rebel; of the nature of rebels or of rebellion; resisting government or lawful authority by force.
Adjourn To put off or defer to another day, or indefinitely; to postpone; to close or suspend for the day; — commonly said of the meeting, or the action, of convened body; as, to adjourn the meeting; to adjourn a debate. – To suspend business for a time, as from one day to another, or for a longer period, or indefinitely; usually, to suspend public business, as of legislatures and courts, or other convened bodies; as, congress adjourned at four o’clock; the court adjourned without day.
Adjourned To put off or defer to another day, or indefinitely; to postpone; to close or suspend for the day; — commonly said of the meeting, or the action, of convened body; as, to adjourn the meeting; to adjourn a debate. – To suspend business for a time, as from one day to another, or for a longer period, or indefinitely; usually, to suspend public business, as of legislatures and courts, or other convened bodies; as, congress adjourned at four o’clock; the court adjourned without day.
Hardship That which is hard to hear, as toil, privation, injury, injustice, etc.
Adopt To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.; esp. to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one’s own child. – To take or receive as one’s own what is not so naturally; to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or policy of another; these resolutions were adopted.
Haven A bay, recess, or inlet of the sea, or the mouth of a river, which affords anchorage and shelter for shipping; a harbor; a port. – A place of safety; a shelter; an asylum. – To shelter, as in a haven.
Resignation The act of resigning or giving up, as a claim, possession, office, or the like; surrender; as, the resignation of a crown or comission. – The state of being resigned or submissive; quiet or patient submission; unresisting acquiescence; as, resignation to the will and providence of God.
Inadvertence Alt. of Inadvertency
Indignant Affected with indignation; wrathful; passionate; irate; feeling wrath, as when a person is exasperated by unworthy or unjust treatment, by a mean action, or by a degrading accusation.
Reveled See Reveal. – A feast with loose and noisy jollity; riotous festivity or merrymaking; a carousal. – To feast in a riotous manner; to carouse; to act the bacchanalian; to make merry. – To move playfully; to indulge without restraint. – To draw back; to retract.
Applaud To show approval of by clapping the hands, acclamation, or other significant sign. – To praise by words; to express approbation of; to commend; to approve. – To express approbation loudly or significantly.
Intercession The act of interceding; mediation; interposition between parties at variance, with a view to reconcilation; prayer, petition, or entreaty in favor of, or (less often) against, another or others.
Beggary The act of begging; the state of being a beggar; mendicancy; extreme poverty. – Beggarly appearance. – Beggarly.
Boastful Given to, or full of, boasting; inclined to boast; vaunting; vainglorious; self-praising.
Loathe To feel extreme disgust at, or aversion for. – To dislike greatly; to abhor; to hate. – To feel disgust or nausea.
Steward A man employed in a large family, or on a large estate, to manage the domestic concerns, supervise other servants, collect the rents or income, keep accounts, and the like. – A person employed in a hotel, or a club, or on board a ship, to provide for the table, superintend the culinary affairs, etc. In naval vessels, the captain’s steward, wardroom steward, steerage steward, warrant officers steward, etc., are petty officers who provide for the messes under their charge. – A fiscal agent of certain bodies; as, a steward in a Methodist church. – In some colleges, an officer who provides food for the students and superintends the kitchen; also, an officer who attends to the accounts of the students. – In Scotland, a magistrate appointed by the crown to exercise jurisdiction over royal lands. – To manage as a steward.
Buoyancy The property of floating on the surface of a liquid, or in a fluid, as in the atmosphere; specific lightness, which is inversely as the weight compared with that of an equal volume of water. – The upward pressure exerted upon a floating body by a fluid, which is equal to the weight of the body; hence, also, the weight of a floating body, as measured by the volume of fluid displaced. – Cheerfulness; vivacity; liveliness; sprightliness; — the opposite of heaviness; as, buoyancy of spirits.
Methodical Arranged with regard to method; disposed in a suitable manner, or in a manner to illustrate a subject, or to facilitate practical observation; as, the methodical arrangement of arguments; a methodical treatise. – Proceeding with regard to method; systematic. – Of or pertaining to the ancient school of physicians called methodists.
Celebration The act, process, or time of celebrating.
Clothesline A rope or wire on which clothes are hung to dry.
Trepidation An involuntary trembling, sometimes an effect of paralysis, but usually caused by terror or fear; quaking; quivering. – Hence, a state of terror or alarm; fear; confusion; fright; as, the men were in great trepidation. – A libration of the starry sphere in the Ptolemaic system; a motion ascribed to the firmament, to account for certain small changes in the position of the ecliptic and of the stars.
Counselor One who counsels; an adviser. – A member of council; one appointed to advise a sovereign or chief magistrate. [See under Consilor.] – One whose profession is to give advice in law, and manage causes for clients in court; a barrister.
Optic The organ of sight; an eye. – An eyeglass. – Alt. of Optical
Tying p. pr. of Tie. – The act or process of washing ores in a buddle. – A knot of hair, as at the back of a wig. – An equality in numbers, as of votes, scores, etc., which prevents either party from being victorious; equality in any contest, as a race. – A beam or rod for holding two parts together; in railways, one of the transverse timbers which support the track and keep it in place. – A line, usually straight, drawn across the stems of notes, or a curved line written over or under the notes, signifying that they are to be slurred, or closely united in the performance, or that two notes of the same pitch are to be sounded as one; a bind; a ligature. – Low shoes fastened with lacings. – To fasten with a band or cord and knot; to bind. – To form, as a knot, by interlacing or complicating a cord; also, to interlace, or form a knot in; as, to tie a cord to a tree; to knit; to knot. – To unite firmly; to fasten; to hold. – To hold or constrain by authority or moral influence, as by knotted cords; to oblige; to constrain; to restrain; to confine. – To unite, as notes, by a cross line, or by a curved line, or slur, drawn over or under them. – To make an equal score with, in a contest; to be even with. – To make a tie; to make an equal score.
Crinkly Having crinkles; wavy; wrinkly.
Crises The point of time when it is to be decided whether any affair or course of action must go on, or be modified or terminate; the decisive moment; the turning point. – That change in a disease which indicates whether the result is to be recovery or death; sometimes, also, a striking change of symptoms attended by an outward manifestation, as by an eruption or sweat.
Peninsula A portion of land nearly surrounded by water, and connected with a larger body by a neck, or isthmus.
Unison Harmony; agreement; concord; union. – Identity in pitch; coincidence of sounds proceeding from an equality in the number of vibrations made in a given time by two or more sonorous bodies. Parts played or sung in octaves are also said to be in unison, or in octaves. – A single, unvaried. – Sounding alone. – Sounded alike in pitch; unisonant; unisonous; as, unison passages, in which two or more parts unite in coincident sound.
Velocity Quickness of motion; swiftness; speed; celerity; rapidity; as, the velocity of wind; the velocity of a planet or comet in its orbit or course; the velocity of a cannon ball; the velocity of light. – Rate of motion; the relation of motion to time, measured by the number of units of space passed over by a moving body or point in a unit of time, usually the number of feet passed over in a second. See the Note under Speed.
Doubly In twice the quantity; to twice the degree; as, doubly wise or good; to be doubly sensible of an obligation. – Deceitfully.
Presume To assume or take beforehand; esp., to do or undertake without leave or authority previously obtained. – To take or suppose to be true, or entitled to belief, without examination or proof, or on the strength of probability; to take for granted; to infer; to suppose. – To suppose or assume something to be, or to be true, on grounds deemed valid, though not amounting to proof; to believe by anticipation; to infer; as, we may presume too far. – To venture, go, or act, by an assumption of leave or authority not granted; to go beyond what is warranted by the circumstances of the case; to venture beyond license; to take liberties; — often with on or upon before the ground of confidence.
Welfare Well-doing or well-being in any respect; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; exemption from any evil or calamity; prosperity; happiness.
Essay An effort made, or exertion of body or mind, for the performance of anything; a trial; attempt; as, to make an essay to benefit a friend. – A composition treating of any particular subject; — usually shorter and less methodical than a formal, finished treatise; as, an essay on the life and writings of Homer; an essay on fossils, or on commerce. – An assay. See Assay, n. – To exert one’s power or faculties upon; to make an effort to perform; to attempt; to endeavor; to make experiment or trial of; to try. – To test the value and purity of (metals); to assay. See Assay.
Whining To utter a plaintive cry, as some animals; to moan with a childish noise; to complain, or to tell of sorrow, distress, or the like, in a plaintive, nasal tone; hence, to complain or to beg in a mean, unmanly way; to moan basely. – To utter or express plaintively, or in a mean, unmanly way; as, to whine out an excuse. – A plaintive tone; the nasal, childish tone of mean complaint; mean or affected complaint.
Wrinkle A winkle. – A small ridge, prominence, or furrow formed by the shrinking or contraction of any smooth substance; a corrugation; a crease; a slight fold; as, wrinkle in the skin; a wrinkle in cloth. – hence, any roughness; unevenness. – A notion or fancy; a whim; as, to have a new wrinkle. – To contract into furrows and prominences; to make a wrinkle or wrinkles in; to corrugate; as, wrinkle the skin or the brow. – Hence, to make rough or uneven in any way. – To shrink into furrows and ridges.
Fortunate Coming by good luck or favorable chance; bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain; presaging happiness; auspicious; as, a fortunate event; a fortunate concurrence of circumstances; a fortunate investment. – Receiving same unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good which was not dependent on one’s own skill or efforts; favored with good forune; lucky.

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