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Examples of Hot Difficult Words in Sentences:
The morning rush looks like chaos: cyclists ride in every direction, some ambling slowly, others pedalling furiously.
chaos
n. complete disorder and confusion
amble
v. walk or move at a slow, relaxed pace
Since e-bikes have been added to the mix, the term granny-pace has a whole new meaning as riders -often the elderly or parents ferrying children- overtake young racers without breaking a sweat.
granny
n. grandmother, grandmother style
ferry
v. convey in a ferry or other ship or boat, especially across a short stretch of water
Many e-bikes are powered by gear -the highest margin component- from Bosch, a German conglomerate, which only started tinkering with the technology in 2009.
conglomerate
n. a number of different things or parts that are put or grouped together to form a whole but remain distinct entities
tinker
v. attempt to repair or improve something in a casual or desultory way, often to no useful effect
Each platelet is only a few millionths of a metre across, it consists of a sheet of stiff cellulose fibres; although the fibres are minute, they are strong.
platelet
n. a small colorless disk-shaped cell fragment, found in large numbers in blood and involved in clotting
cellulose
n. the main constituent of plant cell walls and of vegetable fibers such as cotton
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impassive: Read
/ɪm'pæsɪv/ a.
without feeling; revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
Refusing to let the enemy see how deeply shaken he was by his capture, the prisoner kept his face impassive.
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impertinent: Read
/ɪm'pɜrtɪnənt/ a. Syn. rude
improperly forward or bold; rude
His neighbors' impertinent curiosity about his lack of dates angered Ted; it was downright rude of them to ask him such personal questions.
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impetuous: Read
/ɪm'pɛtjʊəs/ a. Syn. violent; hasty; rash.
marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate
I don't believe that "Leap before you look" is the motto suggested by one particularly impetuous young man.
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implacable: Read
/ɪm'plækəb(ə)l/ a.
incapable of being pacified; not to be relieved;
Madame Defarge was the implacable enemy of the Evremonde family.
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incontrovertible: Read
/ɪnkɒntrə'vɜrtɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. indisputable
indisputable; not open to question
Unless you find the evidence against my client absolutely incontrovertible, you must declare her not guilty of this charge.

ineffable: Read
/ɪn'ɛfəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. unutterable
unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech
Such ineffable joy must be experienced; it cannot be described.
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obdurate
obfuscate
oblique
obsequious
obstreperous
obtuse
odious
officious
ostensible
palliate
pallid
panacea
paragon
pariah
parsimony
pathos
paucity
pejorative
pellucid
perfidious
perfunctory
pernicious
pertinacious
pithy
platitude
plethora
portent
precocious
primeval
proclivity
promulgate
propensity
propitious
prosaic
proscribe
protean
prurient
puerile
pulchritude
punctilious
quagmire
querulous
quixotic
rancor
rebuke
recalcitrant
rectitude
replete
reprobate
reprove
repudiate
rescind
restive
ribald
rife
ruse
sacrosanct
sagacity
salient
sanctimonious
sanguine
scurrilous
serendipity
servile
solicitous
somnolent
spurious
staid
stolid
stupefy
surfeit
surmise
surreptitious
sycophant
tacit
taciturn
tantamount
temerity
tenuous
timorous
torpid
tractable
transient
transmute
trenchant
truculent
turgid
turpitude
ubiquitous
unctuous
upbraid
usurp
vacillate
vacuous
vapid
variegated
venerate
veracity
verdant
vex
vicarious
vicissitude
vilify
viscous
vitriolic
wanton
winsome
wistful
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antipathy  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
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support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
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strong feeling of aversion; dislike
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tearfully sentimental; over-emotional; sickly-sentimental
concomitant  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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in conjunction with; accompanying; associated with
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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disguise or conceal behind a false appearance; make a false show of
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without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
credulity  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
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amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint
cursory  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
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false; tending to mislead; deceptive
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expression of warm approval; praise
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shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
desecrate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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not capable of being swayed; unyielding; implacable
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improperly forward or bold; rude
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violate with violence, especially to sacred place
exculpate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
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notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
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shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
fallacious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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avoid; refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from
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false; tending to mislead; deceptive
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
fatuous  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
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shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
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strong feeling of aversion; dislike
florid  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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expression of warm approval; praise
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pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
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reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
gregarious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
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strong feeling of aversion; dislike
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sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
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tearfully sentimental; over-emotional; sickly-sentimental
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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/bu:n/ n. Syn. blessing; benefit
blessing; benefit bestowed, especially in response to a request
The recent rains that filled our empty reservoirs were a [___] to the whole community.


Spelling Word: boon
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/'bʌtrɪs/ v. Syn. support
support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
The attorney came up with several far-fetched arguments in a vain attempt to [___] his weak case.


Spelling Word: buttress
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/kə'prɪʃəs/ a. Syn. unpredictable; fickle; arbitrary
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
The storm was capricious: it changed course constantly.


Spelling Word: capricious
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/kən'kɒmɪtənt/ a. Syn. accompanying
in conjunction with; accompanying; associated with
These two-sided attributes are known as [___] characteristics.


Spelling Word: concomitant
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/di:'faɪl/ v. Syn. pollute
pollute; make dirty or spotty
The hoodlums [___] the church with their scurrilous writing.


Spelling Word: defile
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/i:və'nɛs(ə)nt/;/ɛv-/ a. Syn. fleeting; vanishing
fleeting; vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor
Brandon's satisfaction in his new job was [___], for he immediately began to notice its many drawbacks.


Spelling Word: evanescent
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/ɪ'vɪns/ v. Syn. manifest
show or demonstrate clearly; overcome; conquer
When he tried to answer the questions, I heard he [___] his ignorance of the subject matter.


Spelling Word: evince
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/fæ'stɪdɪəs/ a.
difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
Bobby was such a [___] eater that he would eat a sandwich only if his mother first cut off every scrap of crust.


Spelling Word: fastidious
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/'fætjʊəs/ a. Syn. foolish
foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
He is far too intelligent to utter such [___] remarks.


Spelling Word: fatuous
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/'fɛtɪd/ a. Syn. stinking
unpleasant-smelling; having offensive smell; stinking
These dogs are housed in [___], dark sheds and barns or left outside in cages exposed to the cold, the heat, the rain and the snow.


Spelling Word: fetid