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NEW REVISED EDITION, 1894.



TEST WORDS

IN * * * ' '

ENGLISH ORTHOGRAPHY,

WITH

FULL DEFINITIONS;

ALSO, A LIST OP

MODERN GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES,

WITH THEIR PRONUNCIATION,



FOR THE USE OP



GRAMMAR SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES.



SELECTED AND ARRANGED BY

N. P. HENDERSON, A.M.,

LATE PRINCIPAL OF GRAMMAR SCHOOL NO. 2, NEW YORK CITY.



NEW YORK :

MAYNARD, MERRILL, & Co.,
43, 45, AND 47 EAST TENTH STREET.

WITH COMPLIMENTS
OF



Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1869,
By CLARK & MAYNARD,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for
the Southern District of New York.

Copyright, 1894,

BY

MAYNARD, MERRILL, & CO.

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PUBLISHERS' NOTE.

THIS edition of Henderson's Test Words in Spelling
has been carefully revised, and in every respect brought
up to all modern requirements.

The publishers' records show that it is used in all parts
of the country, and that hundreds of thousands of copies
have been sold. This is probably the best proof that
could be adduced of the permanent value of the work.

It should be borne in mind that the successful teaching
of spelling is more an exercise of the eye than of the ear.
The author has found that his pupils acquired but little
proficiency in spelling by committing to memory exten-
sive columns of words of the same character and sound.
Therefore, he has associated together words combining
similar, or nearly similar, sounds produced by different
combinations of letters.

He has also added a list of short words that from their
resemblance in sound are liable to be misspelled, and has
given brief sentences illustrating their meaning. To be-
come familiar with the general appearance of the words,
it is, of course, essential in learning spelling by the eye
that every pupil should have a copy of the book. Teach-
ers who are examining Henderson's Test Words will note
the fact that almost all the words selected are those in
everyday use, which are often spelled incorrectly.

JANUARY, 1895.

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TEST WOBDS IN SPELLING .. . .

The pronunciations given in this book are those of the last edition of
Webster's International Dictionary.

Vi-cis'si-tude, change ; revolution.

Em-bas'sa-dor, a representative of one country at
the court of another.

Em-bar'rass-ment, perplexity ; confusion of mind.

In-tel'li-gi-ble, that may be understood or compre-
hended.

In-dict'a-ble, capable of being charged with crime
by the finding of a grand jury.

In-flam'ma-ble, that may be set on fire.

In-sep'a-ra-ble, that cannot be separated or dis-
joined.

I-ras'ci-ble, very susceptible of anger ; irritable.

Ir-re-triev'a-ble, not to be recovered or repaired.

Ir-rel'e-vant, not applicable or pertinent ; not serv-
ing to support.

Hy-poc'ri-sy, a concealment of one's real character
or motives.

Su-prem'a-cy, state of being in the highest station
of power.

In-fal'li-ble, not capable of erring ; not liable to fail.

In-del'i-ble, that cannot be effaced, washed away,
or blotted out.

Con-spir'a-cy, a combination of men for an evil
purpose.

Mil'lin-e-ry, the articles made by milliners, as bon-
nets and head-dresses.

Mil'i-ta-ry, warlike ; martial ; pertaining to soldiers,
or to arms.

Con-sci-en'tious, influenced by conscience; scrupu-
lous.

Aus-pi'cious, having omens or tokens of success.

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TEST WORDS IN SPELLING



A^di-bly;, so'aVtd^tfe heard.

L'aiid'a-bly, in* a^ manner deserving praise.
, Con;-Va-;lbi'<4nt : f /Recovering health and strength
' ' 'differ : sickness*. "

In-ces'sant, continuing or following without inter-
ruption ; ceaseless ; continual.

Ty-ran'nic-al, pertaining to a tyrant ; arbitrary ;
cruel.

Re-cep'ta-cle, a place or vessel into which some-
thing is received.

Chrys'a-lis, the pupa state of an insect from which
the perfect insect emerges.

Cat'e-chise, to instruct by asking questions ; to
interrogate.

Crit'i-cise, to examine and judge as a critic.

Com'plai-sant, pleasing in manners ; civil ; cour-
teous ; polite.

An'a-lyze, to resolve a body into its elements.

Re-con-noi'tre, to make a preliminary examination
or survey of.

Ec'sta-sy, excessive joy ; rapture ; enthusiasm.

Ef'fi-ca-cy, power to produce effects ; potency ; effi-
ciency.

Rem-i-nis'cence, the power of recalling past experi-
ence ; remembrance ; recollection.

Re-sem'blance, likeness ; similitude, either of ex-
. ternal form or of qualities.

Re-splen'dence, brilliant lustre ; vivid brightness ;
splendor.

Syl'lo-gism, a form of reasoning consisting of three
propositions.

So-lil'o-quy, a talking to one's self ; a monologue.

Col-lo'qui-al, pertaining to common conversation ;
conversational.

Se-pul'chral, pertaining to burial, or the grave ;
hollow in tone.

Sac'ri-lege, the crime of violating or profaning
sacred things.




TEST WORDS IN SPELLING 7

e-nig'nant, kind ; gracious ; favorable.

Crys'tal-lize, to cause to form crystals.

Re-con'nois-sance, an examination of a territory or
of an enemy's position.

Un-par'al-lel-ed, having no equal ; unmatched.

Un-SCal'a-ble, that cannot be climbed.

Sym-met'ric-al, having its, parts in due proportion
as to dimensions.

Si-mil'i-tude, state of being like ; likeness ; resem-
blance.

Pos-si-bil'i-ty, the power of being, existing, or hap-
pening.

Plau-si-bil'-i-ty, superficial appearance of right ; spe-
ciousness.

Dis-a-bil'i-ty, want of competent natural or bodily
power ; weakness.

Dis-ha-bille', a loose, negligent dress for the morn-
ing.

Du-ra-bil'i-ty, the power of resisting influences which
tend to decay.

Em'is-sa-ry, a person sent on a private message or
business.

Aoces'-sa-ry, uniting in or contributing to a crime ;
accompanying as a subordinate.

Proru'is-SO-ry, containing a promise of something
to be done.

Aux-il'ia-ry, a confederate in some action, enter-
prise, or undertaking ; a helper.

Aq'ue-duct, a conductor or artificial channel for
conveying water to cities.

Ac-qui-esce', to assent to upon conviction ; to com-
ply.

A que-ous, partaking of the nature of water, or
abounding with it.

Eq'ui-ta-ble, marked with a due regard to what is
fair or impartial ; just ; right.

Su-per-sede', to displace or set aside ; to come into
the place of.



TEST WORDS IN SPELLING

In-ter-cede', to plead in favor of another ; to me-
diate.

In-ter-sperse', to scatter among other things.

Co-erce', to restrain by force ; to compel ; to con-
strain.

Ex-on'er-ate, to clear of a charge ; to disburden.

Ex-hil'a-rate, to make cheerful or merry ; to enli-
ven.

In-ter'ro-gate, to question ; to examine by asking
questions.

Un-ten'a-ble, that cannot be held or maintained as
against an objector.

Dis-cern'i-ble, that may be seen by the eye or the
understanding ; perceptible.

Ir-rep'a-ra-ble, that cannot be repaired or mended.

Om-niv'o-rous, all- devouring ; eating everything in-
discriminately.

Ca-dav'er-OUS, having the appearance of a dead
human body ; pale ; ghastly.

Rail'ler-y, banter; jesting manner ; slight satire.

Beg'gar-y, a state of extreme want ; indigence.

Au'gu-ry, the art or practice of foretelling events by
observing the actions of birds, etc.

I-dol'a-try, the worship of idols, images, or anything
which is not God.

A-pOS'ta-sy, a departure from one's faith or princi-
ples.

Leg'a-cy, a bequest ; a particular thing or sum left
by will.

Jeal'ous-y, painful apprehension of rivalry.

Jeop'ard-y, hazard ; danger ; peril ; exposure to
death or injury.

Sa-tir'ic-al, conveying keenness and severity of re-
mark ; caustic ; ironical.

Chron'i-cle, an historical register of events ; annals ;
a record.

E-quiv'o-cal, of doubtful meaning ; ambiguous ; un-
certain.



TEST WORDS IN SPELLING 9

Tyr'an-nize, to act the tyrant ; to exercise arbitrary
power.

En-am'or-ed, inflamed with love ; charmed ; de-
lighted.

Dis-fran'chise, to deprive of the rights and privT
leges of a citizen.

Com'pro-mise, to adjust by mutual concessions ; to
accord.

Dis-sev'er-ed, parted in two ; divided ; separated ;
disunited.

Dis'-ci-pline, training to act in accordance with es-
tablished rules.

Dis-cord'ant, disagreeing ; incongruous ; inharmo-
nious.

Em'i-nent, high ; lofty ; dignified ; distinguished ;
conspicuous.

Ex-cres'cence, anything growing out unnaturally
from anything else.

Ex-u'ber-ance, an overflowing quantity ; abund-
ance.

Yeo'man-ry, the collective body of freeholders ; the
common people.

Os'tra-cize, to banish by popular vote ; to banish.

Soph'ist-ry, fallacious reasoning ; false logic.

Ef-fer-vesce', to bubble and hiss, as fermenting liq-
uors when some part escapes in a gaseous form.

Hy-poth'e-sis, something not proved, but assumed
for argument ; a supposition.

Gloom'i-ness, want of light ; obscurity ; darkness ;
melancholy.

Gar'ru-lous, talkative ; prating ; prattling.

Mech'an-ism, the parts of a machine taken collec-
tively.

Gro-tesque', wildly or strangely formed ; fantastic.

Fil'a-ment, a thread ; a fiber ; the thread of a
muscle.

In-flex'i-ble, that cannot be bent ; stiff ; immovable ;
firm.



10 TEST WORDS IN SPELLING

Un-COn-troll'a-ble, ungovernable ; that cannot be
restrained.

Ex-ha-la'tion, that which rises in the form of
vapor.

Court'e-sy, act of civility or respect ; politeness ;
complaisance.

Os'si-fy, to change from animal substance into bone.

Pac'i-fy, to tranquillize ; to calm ; to allay agitation.

E-phem'e-ral, short-lived ; beginning and ending in
a day.

Im-mov'a-ble, that cannot be moved ; firm ; stead-
fast.

Ir-re-sist'i-ble, that cannot be opposed ; superior to
opposition.

Prej'u-dice, an opinion formed without due exami-
nation ; bias.

Pre-di-lec'tion, a previous liking ; partiality.

Ev-a-nes'cent, liable to vanish ; fleeting.

Com-pla'cen-cy, calm contentment ; satisfaction.

Ce-lib'a-cy, an unmarried state ; single life.

Pleu'ri-sy, an inflammation of the pleura.

Col'lo-quy, conversation ; mutual discourse of two
or more.

Con'tu-ma-cy, stubbornness ; unyielding obstinacy.

Plau'si-ble, apparently right ; specious.

Par'a-ble, a comparison or simile ; a short tale or
fable.

O*ral-ly, consisting of, or having to do with, words
only ; verbally.

Par'al-lel, having the same direction ; like ; similar.

Par'ri-cide, the murder or murderer of a parent.

Su'per-cil'i-OUS, haughty ; arbitrary.

Re-bel'lious, disposed to resist lawful authority.

Im-pal'pa-ble, not to be perceived by touch,

In-cred'i-ble, that cannot be believed ; surpassing
belief.

In-ef fa-ble, unspeakable ; unutterable.

Jn-Stl'per-a-ble, insurmountable ; invincible.






TEST WORDS IN SPELLING II



r-rev'o-ca-ble, that cannot be repealed, reversed, or
annulled.

Hor'ri-ble, exciting fear or horror ; shocking.

Wea'ri-ness, fatigue ; lassitude ; the state of being
tired.

Hor'o-SCOpe, the representation made of the aspect
of the heavens at the hour of one's birth.

A-bund'ance, great plenty ; ample sufficiency.

Per'ma-nence, duration ; continuance ; fixedness.

Ce-les'tial, heavenly ; ethereal ; belonging to heaven.

Co-a-lesce', to grow together ; to unite.

Par'a-dise, a place of bliss ; heaven ; the garden of
Eden.

Ar'ro-gant, having the disposition to make exor-
bitant claims to importance.

Bel-lig'er-ent, waging war ; carrying on war.

Pre-dom'i-nant, superior in strength, influence, or
authority ; controlling.

Un-quench'a-ble, that cannot be quenched ; inex-
tinguishable.

In-vis'i-ble, that cannot be seen ; imperceptible.

Il-leg'i-ble, that cannot be read ; not legible.

U-til'i-ty, the quality of being useful ; avail.

Whim'si-cal, full of whims ; freakish ; capricious.

Wit'ti-cism, a witty remark.

Pin'na-cle, a turret ; a summit ; a high spiring point.

Pen'i-tence, repentance ; sorrow ; contrition ; pain.

As-cend'ant, rising towards the zenith.

As-cend'en-cy, influence ; authority ; power.

A-nom'a-lous, deviating from a general rule or
method ; abnormal.

Crev'ice, a crack ; a cleft ; a fissure ; a rent.

Ca-lam'i-tous, miserable ; distressing ; adverse.

Al-lu'vi-al, relating to deposits made by flowing
water.

Ab-bre'vi-ate, to shorten ; to contract ; to abridge.

A-nal'y-sis, a separation of any thing into its ele-
ments.



12 TEST WORDS IN SPELLING

Bus'i-ness, employment ; engagement ; concern ;

trade.

Cred-i-bil'i-ty, state of being worthy of belief.
Tran-quil'li-ty, quiet ; calmness ; composure ; peace

of mind.

A-vail'a-ble, capable of being used for a purpose.
Con-tempt'i-ble, deserving scorn or disdain ; mean.
Os'cil-late, to swing ; to vibrate ; to move backward

and forward.

Vac'il-late, to waver ; to fluctuate in mind or opinion.
Mu'ti-late, to deprive of an essential part ; to maim.
Marin-er, a seaman or sailor ; one who lives at sea.
Bar-ri-cade', to fortify ; to obstruct.
In-scru'ta-ble, incapable of being understood by

study ; unsearchable.

El'i-gi-ble, that may be elected ; preferable.
In-ev'i-ta-ble, that cannot be avoided ; certain.
I-ne-qual'i-ty, unevenness.
Ad'mi-ral-ty, the authority for the administration of

naval affairs.
Neu-tral'i-ty, the condition of being unengaged in

contests between others.

Nu-tri'tious, promoting growth or preventing decay.
Op-ti'cian, one who makes or sells optical glasses

and instruments.
In-er'tia, that property of matter by which it tends

when at rest to remain so.

Dis-per'sion, the act of scattering ; distribution.
Di-lu'tion, act of diluting ; a weak liquid.
Col-lu'sion, a decitful agreement for the purpose of

fraud.

Con-du'cive, aiding ; having a tendency to promote.
De-lu'sive, tending to mislead ; deceptive ; be-
guiling.
Pred'i-cate, that which is affirmed or denied of the

subject ; declaration.
Pred-e-ces'sor, one who has preceded another in

any office or position.



TEST WORDS IN SPELLING 13

Prev'a-lence, general existence, reception, or prac-
tice.

Vig'Hance, watchfulness ; attention ; Avakefulness ;
guard.

Mag-ne'si-a, an earthy substance, consisting of mag-
nesium oxide.

Sym'bol-ize, to have a resemblance of qualities or
properties.

Sin'is-ter, indicative of lurking evil or harm ; in-
auspicious.

Schism, breach of unity among people of the same
religious faith.

Scin'til-late, to emit sparks ; to sparkle, as the
stars.

Ven'ti-late, to expose to the free passage of the air ;
to make public.

Un-siz'a-ble, not being of the proper size, magni-
tude, or bulk.

Ad-vis'a-ble, prudent ; expedient ; fit ; open to
advice.

Di-vis'i-ble, capable of being divided ; separable.

Beau'ti-ful-ly, in a beautiful or elegant manner.

Du'ti-ful-ly, obediently ; submissively ; reverently.

Sau'ci-ly, impudently ; impertinently; petulantly.

Mor'tal-ly, so as to cause death ; fatally.

Auc-tion-eer', the person who sells at auction.

In-sin-cere', not being in truth what one appears to
be ; false.

Fin-an-cier', one skilled in banking operations ; a
treasurer.

Sus-cep'ti-ble, capable of admitting any change ;
impressible.

A-bom'in-a-ble, very hateful ; detestable ; loath-
some.

O-blige', to constrain by necessity ; to please ; to
gratify.

Ac-knowl'edge, to own the knowledge of; to con-
fess ; to avow.



14 TEST WORDS IN SPELLING

As-sail'a-ble, that may be assailed, attacked, or in-
vaded.

Pro-du'ci-ble, capable of being brought forward,
brought forth, made, or extended.

Naut'i-cal, pertaining to seamen or navigation ;
marine.

Re-cip'ro-cal, alternate ; mutual ; done by each to
the other.

Nain-SOOk', a thick sort of muslin from India.

As-SCSS'a-ble, that may be taxed.

Ac-cess'i-ble, easy of approach ; open to influence.

As-sign'a-ble, that may be allotted, or designated.

Per-cep'ti-ble, that may be perceived ; that may be
known.

Dig'ni-ta-ry, one who holds a position of honor.

Cem'e-ter-y, a place where the dead are buried.

At-tend'ant, accompanying, being present, or in the
train.

Ap-par'ent, capable of being easily seen ; obvious.

Im-ma-ture', not mature ; not perfect ; not ripe.

Am-a-teur', one who has a taste for the arts.

Mis'chiev-OUS, harmful ; hurtful ; noxious ; inju-
rious.

De-ceit'ful, tending to mislead ; trickish ; fraudu-
lent.

A-chiev'a-ble, capable of being carried to a success-
ful issue.

Un-change'a-ble, immutable ; not subject to varia-
tion.

Per-suade', to convince by argument.

Can-non-ade', to attack with great guns.

Prom-e-tiade', to walk for pleasure ; a public walk.

Au-then'ti-cate, to prove by authority ; to determine
as genuine.

In-au'gu-rate, to invest with an office in a formal
manner.

A-dul'ter-ate, to make impure by the admixture of
a base substance.






TEST WORDS IN SPELLING 15



F-nan'i-mous, being of one mind ; harmonious.

A-non'y-motlS, of unknown authorship ; nameless.

Civ'il-ize, to reclaim from a savage state ; to en-
lighten.

Mor'al-ize, to explain in a moral sense.

Ad-ver-tise', to inform ; to give public notice of ;
to publish.

Or'a-to-ry, the art of public speaking in an effective
manner ; a small room for private devotions.

Ir'ri-tate, to exasperate ; to provoke ; to tease ; to
fret.

Ell-pho'ni-OUS, agreeable in sound ; harmonious.

Met'a-phor, a short similitude ; a simile expressed
in one word.

Ed'i-fice, a building ; a structure ; a fabric.

E-quiv'a-lent, equal in value or worth; commen-
surate.

E-quiv'o-cate, to use words of doubtful meaning.

Pre-var'i-cate, to evade the truth; to equivocate.

Liq'uid-ate, to settle; to pay off; to adjust.

Di-lap'i-dated, fallen into partial ruin.

Au'tO-graph, an original manuscript; a person's own
signature.

Or'tho-dox, sound in the Christian faith.

Au'spi-ces, omens; signs of the future.

Pres'tige, weight or influence derived from past
success.

Dis-sim-u-la'tion, a feigning; false pretension;
hypocrisy.

As-sim'i-late, to convert into a like substance.

E-lys'ium, the place assigned by the heathens to
happy souls.

E-lic it-ed, drawn out against the will.

A-nom'a-ly, irregularity; deviation from the common
rule.

Prin'ci-pal-ly, chiefly; especially; above all.

Prin-ci-pal'i-ty, sovereignty; the territory of a
prince.



1 6 TEST WORDS IN SPELLINd

Val-e-dic'to-ry, a farewell oration.

Il-lit'er-ate, unlettered; untaught; unlearned; igno-
rant.

Ac-COlint'a-ble, liable to be called to render an ac-
count; answerable.

De-Struct'i-ble, capable of being destroyed.

Ju-di'cipus, wise; prudent; rational; discreet.

In-fec'tious, communicated by air, breath, or exha-
lation.

Lus'cious, very sweet; delicious; pleasing to the
taste.

In-gen'ious, possessed of the faculty of invention;
creative.

In-gen'u-ous, free from disguise; open.

Se-di'tious, disposed to arouse opposition, to lawful
authority.

Sus-pi'cious, apt to imagine without proof; dis-
trustful.

Ac-cept'a-ble, pleasing to a receiver; welcome; grati-
fying. ^

In-vin'ci-ble, incapable of being conquered; insu-
perable.

Va'ri-e-gate, to dapple ; to diversify with colors.

Mit'i-gate, to make less severe ; to soften ; to al-
leviate.

Hyp'o-crite, one who feigns to be what he is
not.

U-biq'ui-ty, omnipresence ; state of being in all
places at the same time.

Eu-lo'gi-um, a speech or writing denoting warm
praise of human action ; encomium.

Au-thor'i-ty, legal power; force; influence; rule;
support.

Or-di-na'tion, act of investing a man with the pas-
toral office.

Fa-tigu'ing, tiring; wearying; harassing.

Phys-i-ol'ogy, the science which treats of living or-
ganisms.






TEST WORDS IN SPELLING 17

Prop-a-ga'tion, multiplication of the kind by suc-
cessive production.

Res-pi-ra'tion, the act of breathing.

Un-fath'om-a-ble, that cannot be sounded or fath-
omed.

Ex-haust'i-ble, capable of being drained off or ex-
pended.

Sen'si-bly, with intelligence or good sense ; judi-
ciously ; so as to be perceptible to the senses.

Un-search'a-ble, inscrutable ; hidden ; mysterious.

Court'e-OUS, polite ; civil ; obliging ; condescend-
ing. ^

Cap'tious, disposed to find fault; difficult to please;
carping.

Ca-pri'cious, changeable ; fickle ; whimsical ; fanci-
ful.

In-ter-fer'ence, an interposition ; a clashing.

In-her'it-ance, patrimony; that which is inherited.

Re-cip'i-ent, a receiver; the person or thing that re-
ceives.

Re-luct'ance, unwillingness; repugnance; disincli-
nation.

Vo-lu'mi-nous, of great volume or bulk.

Im'mi-nent, impending; threatening; near at hand.

Lin'i-ment, ointment; balsam; unguent.

Lin'e-a-ment, a feature ; a form ; an outline.

In-im'i-cal, unfriendly ; hostile.

Pa-tri'cian, a person of high birth ; not plebeian.

Am-bro'sial, fragrant; delighting the taste or smell.

In-i'ti-ate, to introduce ; to instruct in the rudi-
ments.

Vol-u-bil'i-ty, fluency of speech ; aptness to roll.

Pal-li-a'tion, the act of covering or concealing; miti-
gation.

Sim'i-lar, like; having resemblance.

Ar-til'ler-y, offensive weapons of war ; ordnance.

Bat-tal'ion, a part of a regiment ; a troop ; a body of
forces.



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Com-par'a-tive, estimated by comparison ; express-
ing more or less ; relative.

Con-fed'er-ate, an ally ; an accomplice.

Sac-ra-men'tal, pertaining to solemn religious ordi-
nances.

Ac-quit'tal, a discharge ; a deliverance from the
charge of an offence.

Dis-par'i-ties, inequalities ; differences.

Dis-sem'in-ate, to scatter as seed ; to sow.

Em-a-na'tion, act of flowing from a source ; efflux.

Im-mor-tal'i-ty, exemption from death ; endless life.

Em'i-grate, to leave one's native country to reside
in another.

Im'mi-grate, to pass into a country in order to dwell
in it.

Re-Spons'ible, answerable ; accountable.

Im-prob'a-ble, unlikely ; having no evidence.

Pros'e-lyte, a convert to a new opinion or doctrine.

Par'a-site, a plant or animal which lives upon or
within another plant or animal during a whole or a
part of its existence ; a hanger-on ; a toady.

Ad'ju-tant, a staff officer who assists the colonel or
commanding officer ; a helper.

Ab-hor'rence, the feeling of utter dislike ; detesta-
tion; loathing.

Ac-quaint'ance, personal knowledge gained by in-
tercourse short of that of friendship; a person
whom one knows.

E-vap'o-rate, to disperse in vapors.

E-rad'i-cate, to pull up by the roots ; extirpate; ex-
terminate.

Man'i-fest, evident to the senses ; clear ; an invoice
of a ship's cargo.

Neg'a-tive, denying ; implying denial ; opposed to
affirmative.

Strat'e-gy, military science ; artifice.

Strat'a-gem, an artifice or trick in war ; a secret
plot.



TEST WORDS IN SPELLING 1 9

En-ven'om, to taint with any substance noxious to
life ; to fill with bitterness, malice, or hatred ; to
poison.

Vac'u-um, space unoccupied by matter.

Gym-na'sium, a place for athletic exercises.

Bar-bar'i-ty, inhumanity ; cruelty ; savageness.

An-tip'a-thy, natural hatred or opposition ; repug-
nance ; aversion.

Speed'i-ly, with haste or celerity ; quickly.

Tur'bu-lent, disorderly ; tumultuous ; violent ; re-
fractory.

Tri-umph'ant, graced with victory ; victorious ; ex-
ulting.

Fir'ma-ment, region of the air ; the heavens.

Ad'a-mant, a very hard stone ; a diamond.

Noc-tur'nal, of, pertaining to, done or occurring in
the night.

Col'o-nel, the chief commander of a regiment of
troops.

At-torn'ey, one who is legally appointed by another
to transact any business for him.

Ex-trav'a-gant, exceeding due bounds ; prodigal ;
wasteful.

Con-com'i-tant, accompanying ; concurrent ; at-
tending.

Ex-ist'ence, state of existing or being ; continued
manifestation.

Com'bat-ant, any person who fights with another ;
a champion.

Com-mute', to put one thing for the other.

Ig-no-ra'mus, a stupid, ignorant person.

Ef-ful'gence, a flood of light ; splendor ; bright-
ness.

Re-sist'ance, opposition, active or passive.

Vil'lain-y, extreme depravity ; a crime.

Pa-ral'y-sis, the loss of the power of voluntary mo-
tion ; palsy.



2O TEST WORDS IN SPELLING

Quer'u-loilS, habitually complaining ; disposed to
murmur.

Gran'deur, splendor ; magnificence ; greatness.

Con'quer-or, one who gains a victory ; a victor.

Lei'sure, vacant time ; freedom from occupation.

Ra-pa'cious, given to plunder ; disposed to seize by
force.

In-sa'ti-ate, greedy ; not to be satisfied.

Du'bi-OUS, doubtful ; uncertain ; not clear.

Du'te-OUS, obedient ; obsequious ; dutiful.

Prec'e-dent, something done that may serve as an
example.

Prec'i-pice, a headlong steep or declivity.

Cod'i-cil, a clause added to a will.

Di-ag'o-nal, a line drawn from one angle to another


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