8th grade spelling words

8th grade Spelling bee Words list that will make you a winner


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8th grade Spelling Words

Acacias Expulsion Orthopedics
Accusations Expunging Ovation
Affiliate Extravagant Pang
Amateur Flagrant Passable
Amid Fledgling Paucity
Annexation Forfeiture Perpetuate
Anonymous Frivolous Pessimistic
Apology Galaxy Piccolo
Aquaplane Generosity Piteously
Asphalt Germinate Possessed
Auspices Gnarled Precisely
Auspicious Hallucinations Privileged
Avalanche Harness Putrefaction
Aviator Haughty Regretting
Avocations Headquarters Relevant
Awkward Impractical Religious
Belligerent Inexplicable Retrial
Bickering Insoluble Schooner
Centripetal Intellectual Shepherds
Commuter Introduction Shuddering
Connubial Itemized Speculation
Crucial Knickknack Speculative
Customary Lacquer Spiritual
Cylinder Locality Stenciled
Deceitful Manipulator Strenuous
Discontinues Medicinal Stupefying
Disingenuous Molecules Substitute
Disoblige Mythos Succulent
Divine Obedient Sympathized
Dragnet Oblivion Upheave
Embargo Occurred Veterinarian
Equilibrium Oologist
Excruciating Optometry

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Acacias A roll or bag, filled with dust, borne by Byzantine emperors, as a memento of mortality. It is represented on medals. – A genus of leguminous trees and shrubs. Nearly 300 species are Australian or Polynesian, and have terete or vertically compressed leaf stalks, instead of the bipinnate leaves of the much fewer species of America, Africa, etc. Very few are found in temperate climates. – The inspissated juice of several species of acacia; — called also gum acacia, and gum arabic.
Expunging To blot out, as with pen; to rub out; to efface designedly; to obliterate; to strike out wholly; as, to expunge words, lines, or sentences. – To strike out; to wipe out or destroy; to annihilate; as, to expugne an offense.
Ovation A lesser kind of triumph allowed to a commander for an easy, bloodless victory, or a victory over slaves. – Hence: An expression of popular homage; the tribute of the multitude to a public favorite.
Pang A paroxysm of extreme pain or anguish; a sudden and transitory agony; a throe; as, the pangs of death. – To torture; to cause to have great pain or suffering; to torment.
Flagrant Flaming; inflamed; glowing; burning; ardent. – Actually in preparation, execution, or performance; carried on hotly; raging. – Flaming into notice; notorious; enormous; heinous; glaringly wicked.
Passable Capable of being passed, traveled, navigated, traversed, penetrated, or the like; as, the roads are not passable; the stream is passablein boats. – Capable of being freely circulated or disseminated; acceptable; generally receivable; current. – Such as may be allowed to pass without serious objection; tolerable; admissable; moderate; mediocre.
Paucity Fewness; smallness of number; scarcity. – Smallnes of quantity; exiguity; insufficiency; as, paucity of blood.
Annexation The act of annexing; process of attaching, adding, or appending; the act of connecting; union; as, the annexation of Texas to the United States, or of chattels to the freehold. – The union of property with a freehold so as to become a fixture. Bouvier. (b) (Scots Law) The appropriation of lands or rents to the crown.
Forfeiture The act of forfeiting; the loss of some right, privilege, estate, honor, office, or effects, by an offense, crime, breach of condition, or other act. – That which is forfeited; a penalty; a fine or mulct.
Perpetuate To make perpetual; to cause to endure, or to be continued, indefinitely; to preserve from extinction or oblivion; to eternize. – Made perpetual; perpetuated.
Frivolous Of little weight or importance; not worth notice; slight; as, a frivolous argument. – Given to trifling; marked with unbecoming levity; silly; interested especially in trifling matters.
Pessimistic Of or pertaining to pessimism; characterized by pessimism; gloomy; foreboding.
Piccolo A small, shrill flute, the pitch of which is an octave higher than the ordinary flute; an octave flute. – A small upright piano. – An organ stop, with a high, piercing tone.
Generosity Noble birth. – The quality of being noble; noble-mindedness. – Liberality in giving; munificence.
Asphalt Alt. of Asphaltum – To cover with asphalt; as, to asphalt a roof; asphalted streets.
Germinate To sprout; to bud; to shoot; to begin to vegetate, as a plant or its seed; to begin to develop, as a germ. – To cause to sprout.
Auspices A divining or taking of omens by observing birds; an omen as to an undertaking, drawn from birds; an augury; an omen or sign in general; an indication as to the future. – Protection; patronage and care; guidance.
Gnarled Knotty; full of knots or gnarls; twisted; crossgrained. – a knot in wood; a large or hard knot, or a protuberance with twisted grain, on a tree.
Auspicious Having omens or tokens of a favorable issue; giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, an auspicious beginning. – Prosperous; fortunate; as, auspicious years. – Favoring; favorable; propitious; — applied to persons or things.
Avalanche A large mass or body of snow and ice sliding swiftly down a mountain side, or falling down a precipice. – A fall of earth, rocks, etc., similar to that of an avalanche of snow or ice. – A sudden, great, or irresistible descent or influx of anything.
Harness Originally, the complete dress, especially in a military sense, of a man or a horse; hence, in general, armor. – The equipment of a draught or carriage horse, for drawing a wagon, coach, chaise, etc.; gear; tackling. – The part of a loom comprising the heddles, with their means of support and motion, by which the threads of the warp are alternately raised and depressed for the passage of the shuttle. – To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman; to array. – Fig.: To equip or furnish for defense. – To make ready for draught; to equip with harness, as a horse. Also used figuratively.
Putrefaction The act or the process of putrefying; the offensive decay of albuminous or other matter. – The condition of being putrefied; also, that which putrefied.
Aviator An experimenter in aviation. – A flying machine.
Haughty High; lofty; bold. – Disdainfully or contemptuously proud; arrogant; overbearing. – Indicating haughtiness; as, a haughty carriage.
Regretting Pain of mind on account of something done or experienced in the past, with a wish that it had been different; a looking back with dissatisfaction or with longing; grief; sorrow; especially, a mourning on account of the loss of some joy, advantage, or satisfaction. – Dislike; aversion. – To experience regret on account of; to lose or miss with a sense of regret; to feel sorrow or dissatisfaction on account of (the happening or the loss of something); as, to regret an error; to regret lost opportunities or friends.
Headquarters The quarters or place of residence of any chief officer, as the general in command of an army, or the head of a police force; the place from which orders or instructions are issued; hence, the center of authority or order.
Relevant Relieving; lending aid or support. – Bearing upon, or properly applying to, the case in hand; pertinent; applicable. – Sufficient to support the cause.
Impractical Not practical.
Religious Of or pertaining to religion; concerned with religion; teaching, or setting forth, religion; set apart to religion; as, a religious society; a religious sect; a religious place; religious subjects, books, teachers, houses, wars. – Possessing, or conforming to, religion; pious; godly; as, a religious man, life, behavior, etc. – Scrupulously faithful or exact; strict. – Belonging to a religious order; bound by vows. – A person bound by monastic vows, or sequestered from secular concern, and devoted to a life of piety and religion; a monk or friar; a nun.
Belligerent Waging war; carrying on war. – Pertaining, or tending, to war; of or relating to belligerents; as, a belligerent tone; belligerent rights. – A nation or state recognized as carrying on war; a person engaged in warfare.
Inexplicable Not explicable; not explainable; incapable of being explained, interpreted, or accounted for; as, an inexplicable mystery.
Retrial A secdond trial, experiment, or test; a second judicial trial, as of an accused person.
Bickering A skirmishing. – Altercation; wrangling. – To contend in petulant altercation; to wrangle. – To move quickly and unsteadily, or with a pattering noise; to quiver; to be tremulous, like flame. – A skirmish; an encounter. – A fight with stones between two parties of boys. – A wrangle; also, a noise,, as in angry contention.
Insoluble Not soluble; in capable or difficult of being dissolved, as by a liquid; as, chalk is insoluble in water. – Not to be solved or explained; insolvable; as, an insoluble doubt, question, or difficulty. – Strong.
Schooner Originally, a small, sharp-built vessel, with two masts and fore-and-aft rig. Sometimes it carried square topsails on one or both masts and was called a topsail schooner. About 1840, longer vessels with three masts, fore-and-aft rigged, came into use, and since that time vessels with four masts and even with six masts, so rigged, are built. Schooners with more than two masts are designated three-masted schooners, four-masted schooners, etc. See Illustration in Appendix. – A large goblet or drinking glass, — used for lager beer or ale.
Centripetal Tending, or causing, to approach the center. – Expanding first at the base of the inflorescence, and proceeding in order towards the summit. – Having the radicle turned toward the axis of the fruit, as some embryos. – Progressing by changes from the exterior of a thing toward its center; as, the centripetal calcification of a bone.
Commuter One who commutes; especially, one who commutes in traveling.
Introduction The act of introducing, or bringing to notice. – The act of formally making persons known to each other; a presentation or making known of one person to another by name; as, the introduction of one stranger to another. – That part of a book or discourse which introduces or leads the way to the main subject, or part; preliminary; matter; preface; proem; exordium. – A formal and elaborate preliminary treatise; specifically, a treatise introductory to other treatises, or to a course of study; a guide; as, an introduction to English literature.
Shuddering To tremble or shake with fear, horror, or aversion; to shiver with cold; to quake. – The act of shuddering, as with fear.
Connubial Of or pertaining to marriage, or the marriage state; conjugal; nuptial.
Speculation The act of speculating. – Examination by the eye; view. – Mental view of anything in its various aspects and relations; contemplation; intellectual examination. – The act or process of reasoning a priori from premises given or assumed. – The act or practice of buying land, goods, shares, etc., in expectation of selling at a higher price, or of selling with the expectation of repurchasing at a lower price; a trading on anticipated fluctuations in price, as distinguished from trading in which the profit expected is the difference between the retail and wholesale prices, or the difference of price in different markets. – Any business venture in involving unusual risks, with a chance for large profits. – A conclusion to which the mind comes by speculating; mere theory; view; notion; conjecture. – Power of sight. – A game at cards in which the players buy from one another trumps or whole hands, upon a chance of getting the highest trump dealt, which entitles the holder to the pool of stakes.
Crucial Having the form of a cross; appertaining to a cross; cruciform; intersecting; as, crucial ligaments; a crucial incision. – Severe; trying or searching, as if bringing to the cross; decisive; as, a crucial test.
Knickknack A trifle or toy; a bawble; a gewgaw.
Speculative Given to speculation; contemplative. – Involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical; not established by demonstration. – Of or pertaining to vision; also, prying; inquisitive; curious. – Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares, etc.; as, a speculative dealer or enterprise.
Lacquer A varnish, consisting of a solution of shell-lac in alcohol, often colored with gamboge, saffron, or the like; — used for varnishing metals, papier-mache, and wood. The name is also given to varnishes made of other ingredients, esp. the tough, solid varnish of the Japanese, with which ornamental objects are made. – To cover with lacquer.
Spiritual Consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal; as, a spiritual substance or being. – Of or pertaining to the intellectual and higher endowments of the mind; mental; intellectual. – Of or pertaining to the moral feelings or states of the soul, as distinguished from the external actions; reaching and affecting the spirits. – Of or pertaining to the soul or its affections as influenced by the Spirit; controlled and inspired by the divine Spirit; proceeding from the Holy Spirit; pure; holy; divine; heavenly-minded; — opposed to carnal. – Not lay or temporal; relating to sacred things; ecclesiastical; as, the spiritual functions of the clergy; lords spiritual and temporal; a spiritual corporation. – A spiritual function, office, or affair. See Spirituality, 2.
Locality The state, or condition, of belonging to a definite place, or of being contained within definite limits. – Position; situation; a place; a spot; esp., a geographical place or situation, as of a mineral or plant. – Limitation to a county, district, or place; as, locality of trial. – The perceptive faculty concerned with the ability to remember the relative positions of places.
Stenciled A thin plate of metal, leather, or other material, used in painting, marking, etc. The pattern is cut out of the plate, which is then laid flat on the surface to be marked, and the color brushed over it. Called also stencil plate. – To mark, paint, or color in figures with stencils; to form or print by means of a stencil.
Deceitful Full of, or characterized by, deceit; serving to mislead or insnare; trickish; fraudulent; cheating; insincere.
Manipulator One who manipulates.
Strenuous Eagerly pressing or urgent; zealous; ardent; earnest; bold; valiant; intrepid; as, a strenuous advocate for national rights; a strenuous reformer; a strenuous defender of his country.
Medicinal Having curative or palliative properties; used for the cure or alleviation of bodily disorders; as, medicinal tinctures, plants, or springs. – Of or pertaining to medicine; medical.
Stupefying To make stupid; to make dull; to blunt the faculty of perception or understanding in; to deprive of sensibility; to make torpid. – To deprive of material mobility.
Disingenuous Not noble; unbecoming true honor or dignity; mean; unworthy; as, disingenuous conduct or schemes. – Not ingenuous; wanting in noble candor or frankness; not frank or open; uncandid; unworthily or meanly artful.
Substitute One who, or that which, is substituted or put in the place of another; one who acts for another; that which stands in lieu of something else – a person who enlists for military service in the place of a conscript or drafted man. – To put in the place of another person or thing; to exchange.
Disoblige To do an act which contravenes the will or desires of; to offend by an act of unkindness or incivility; to displease; to refrain from obliging; to be unaccommodating to. – To release from obligation.
Succulent Full of juice; juicy.
Divine Of or belonging to God; as, divine perfections; the divine will. – Proceeding from God; as, divine judgments. – Appropriated to God, or celebrating his praise; religious; pious; holy; as, divine service; divine songs; divine worship. – Pertaining to, or proceeding from, a deity; partaking of the nature of a god or the gods. – Godlike; heavenly; excellent in the highest degree; supremely admirable; apparently above what is human. In this application, the word admits of comparison; as, the divinest mind. Sir J. Davies. – Presageful; foreboding; prescient. – Relating to divinity or theology. – One skilled in divinity; a theologian. – A minister of the gospel; a priest; a clergyman. – To foresee or foreknow; to detect; to anticipate; to conjecture. – To foretell; to predict; to presage. – To render divine; to deify. – To use or practice divination; to foretell by divination; to utter prognostications. – To have or feel a presage or foreboding. – To conjecture or guess; as, to divine rightly.
Obedient Subject in will or act to authority; willing to obey; submissive to restraint, control, or command.
Sympathized To have a common feeling, as of bodily pleasure or pain. – To feel in consequence of what another feels; to be affected by feelings similar to those of another, in consequence of knowing the person to be thus affected. – To agree; to be in accord; to harmonize. – To experience together. – To ansew to; to correspond to.
Dragnet A net to be drawn along the bottom of a body of water, as in fishing.
Oblivion The act of forgetting, or the state of being forgotten; cessation of remembrance; forgetfulness. – Official ignoring of offenses; amnesty, or general pardon; as, an act of oblivion.
Upheave To heave or lift up from beneath; to raise.
Embargo An edict or order of the government prohibiting the departure of ships of commerce from some or all of the ports within its dominions; a prohibition to sail. – To lay an embargo on and thus detain; to prohibit from leaving port; — said of ships, also of commerce and goods.
Veterinarian One skilled in the diseases of cattle or domestic animals; a veterinary surgeon.
Equilibrium Equality of weight or force; an equipoise or a state of rest produced by the mutual counteraction of two or more forces. – A level position; a just poise or balance in respect to an object, so that it remains firm; equipoise; as, to preserve the equilibrium of the body. – A balancing of the mind between motives or reasons, with consequent indecision and doubt.
Oologist One versed in oology.
Excruciating Torturing; racking. – To inflict agonizing pain upon; to torture; to torment greatly; to rack; as, to excruciate the heart or the body.

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