8th Grade Spelling Words

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Our list of 8th grade spelling words contains a lot of challenging, interesting words! What can be better than knowing how to use and spell words  like phenomenon, meticulous, and voracious?

Students at this level should already have a mastery of many of the words they use. However, many may still have "glitches" - a misunderstood or forgotten spelling rule, a few words they consistently misspell, and some important words they've not yet encountered.

Eighth graders are developing
wide-ranging vocabularies.

Let's be sure they can spell the words they use!

8th Grade Spelling Words

Printable version of 8th grade spelling words

accommodate abstain accumulate
accustomed acoustics acquaintance
acquisition acquittal adolescence
adolescent advantageous aerial
amateur amnesty anecdote
annoyance anonymous antecedent
antidote antiseptic anxious
apology apostrophe appendixes
applicant approximate archeology
architect arrangement asphalt
asterisk asthma awkward
bachelor bankruptcy barometer
belligerent berserk besieged
biannual bimonthly biographical
brilliance budge burglary
cameos capably  caricature
catastrophe chameleon chandelier
characteristic chauffeur chrysanthemum
circumference collaborate collateral
colleague colonel confiscate
confiscation conscious consequence
considerable contagious controversy
continuous correlation council
counsel criticism criticize
critique crypt cylinder
deficiency desirable desolate
deterrent diagnosis dialogue
dilemma disbursement discernible
discrepancy dominance embargo
endeavor envious epidemic
equilibrium erroneous escalator
excessive existence extremity
extricate fa├žade fashionable
fiasco fibrous fiery
flamboyant forgery frivolous
frostbitten glamorous gorgeous
grotesque gymnasium haphazard
hazardous headquarters honorary
horrific hospitality incidentally
inconvenience indulgence inept
inevitable innumerable insistent
insufficient integrity intermittent
internally interrogate jewelry
legitimate leisure lieutenant
longevity lucrative lunar
luncheon luxurious malady
malicious malignant melodious
mercenary mesmerize meteor
meticulous metropolitan minimize
miscellaneous mischievous misdemeanor
necessity negligence neutral
newsstand nostalgia noticeable
obesity obscure obsolete
obstinate occurred ominous
optimism optimistic outrageous
pageant parachute paralysis
parliament penitentiary perceive
permeate perseverance personality
personification persuade phenomenon
plaintiff pneumonia politician
potential precipice precocious
predecessor preferably prestigious
procrastinate propeller prosperous
protein pseudonym psychiatrist
questionnaire radioactive rampage
recurrent rehearsal relevant
religious roommate sacrifice
sacrificial sanctuary scandalized
schedule scheme schism
scholar semester serviceable
shrine shuddering sieve
snobbery solitary sophomore
studious subtlety suburban
surmise susceptible suspicious
taboo technically technology
tyranny unacceptable unconscious
undernourished unduly unenforceable
unique universal unpredictable
unsanitary utopia vaccinate
vacillate venom vertigo
vessel vigilant villain
vitamin vivacious vocalize
voracious voucher vulnerable

Use this general list of 8th grade spelling words to supplement your own spelling program. These words are great to use for worksheets, games and puzzles.

Students may also find it helpful to study these words for spelling bee competitions.  

8th graders may also find these word lists to be helpful:

102 frequently misspelled words

50 Sets of often confused homonyms

9th grade spelling words

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