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 2018 Hot Words and Phrases

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Examples of Hot Difficult Words in Sentences:
Central Florida has become the poster child for this issue, courtesy of the 23-game winning streak that has shone a light on the inequality in the sport.
poster child
n. typical or good example of something
shine a light
v. metaphorically put the spotlight on an issue or subject so that others will notice it
Its path to the playoff is dependent on utter chaos; but the teams ahead of it have faced several more.
playoff
n. additional game or period of play that decides the outcome
chaos
n. complete disorder and confusion
What you're seeing is a dominant defense and a balanced offense loaded with playmakers that has become potent under the junior quarterback.
dominant
a. most important, powerful, or influential
potent
a. having great power, influence, or effect
Story lines are never lacking in the annual Ohio-Michigan rivalry, the latter is looking to snap a six-game losing streak, and then knocks off Northwestern in the title game.
rivalry
n. state of trying to defeat or be more successful than another
snap
v. break or cause to break suddenly and completely
 Difficult Words with Meaning and Sentence
    

Hard Vocabulary with Sentence

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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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ingenuous: Read
/ɪn'dʒɛnjʊəs/ a. Syn. young; unsophisticated
naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
The woodsman had not realized how ingenuous Little Red Riding Hood was until he heard that she had gone off for a walk in the woods with the Big Bad Wolf.
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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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acumen  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
mental keenness; quickness of perception
Exercise
lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness
Exercise
in conjunction with; accompanying; associated with
Exercise
large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
approbation  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
Exercise
deep-rooted; firmly and long established; habitual
Exercise
expression of warm approval; praise
Exercise
lowest point; point on sphere opposites zenith diametrically
arrogate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
Exercise
claim without justification; claim for oneself without right
Exercise
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
Exercise
inclined to make trouble; disobedient; irritable
assiduous  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
Exercise
notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
Exercise
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
Exercise
incipient; coming into existence; emerging
concomitant  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
false; tending to mislead; deceptive
Exercise
in conjunction with; accompanying; associated with
Exercise
lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness
Exercise
unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech
decry  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
Exercise
greed; excessive desire, especially for wealth
Exercise
apply in use; use or accustom till no pain or inconvenience; harden; habituate
Exercise
express strong disapproval of; disparage
ephemeral  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
short-lived; enduring a very short time
Exercise
without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
Exercise
show of skill or deceitful cleverness, considered magical by naive observers
Exercise
tireless; showing sustained enthusiastic action
expiate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
make amends or pay the penalty for; relieve or cleanse of guilt
Exercise
unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech
Exercise
lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness
Exercise
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
fallacious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
show of skill or deceitful cleverness, considered magical by naive observers
Exercise
false; tending to mislead; deceptive
Exercise
large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
Exercise
in conjunction with; accompanying; associated with
fastidious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
Exercise
insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment
Exercise
mental keenness; quickness of perception
Exercise
difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
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/æn'tɪpəθɪ/ n. Syn. aversion; dislike
strong feeling of aversion; dislike
Tom's extreme [___] for disputes keeps him from getting into arguments with his temperamental wife.


Spelling Word: antipathy
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/'æroʊgeɪt/ v.
claim without justification; claim for oneself without right
Lynn watch in astonishments as her coworkers [___] the credit for her brilliant work in the project.


Spelling Word: arrogate
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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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/kɒnflə'greɪʃ(ə)n/ a.
large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
After the [___] had finally died down, the city center was nothing but a mass of blackened embers.


Spelling Word: conflagration
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/'dɛprɪkeɪt/ v. Syn. belittle
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
A firm believer in old-fashioned courtesy, Miss Post must [___] the modern tendency to address new acquaintances by their first names.


Spelling Word: deprecate
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/ɪ'fɛmərəl/ a.
short-lived; enduring a very short time
The mayfly is an [___] creature: its adult life lasts little more than a day.


Spelling Word: ephemeral
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/'gærʊləs/ a. Syn. wordy; talkative
talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
My Uncle Henry can outtalk any three people I know. He is the most [___] person in Cayuga County.


Spelling Word: garrulous
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/grɪ'gɛərɪəs/ a. Syn. sociable
sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
Natural selection in [___] animals operates upon groups rather than upon individuals.


Spelling Word: gregarious
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/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 [___].


Spelling Word: impassive
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/ɪm'pɪndʒ/ v. Syn. infringe; touch
infringe; advance beyond usual limit; make physical impact on; touch
How could they be married not to [___] on one another's freedom?.


Spelling Word: impinge