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 2020 Hot Words and Phrases

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Examples of Hot Difficult Words in Sentences:
The guys went out to field camps and they dressed all grubby and they never showered and they could swear and be real, rowdy little boys again to their hearts' content.
rowdy   Speak
a. noisy and disorderly
grubby   Speak
a. dirty; grimy
to heart's content   Speak
ad. as much or as often as you like
Some US personnel based in Europe support non-Nato operations and US military numbers fluctuate as forces are rotated in and out.
personnel   Speak
n. people employed in an organization to undertake such as military service
China is proposing to introduce a new security law in Hong Kong that could ban sedition, secession, and subversion.
sedition   Speak
n. conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch
secession   Speak
n. action of withdrawing formally from membership of a federation or body
subversion   Speak
n. undermining of the power and authority of an established system or institution
Moscow's mayor cautioned against complacency, saying Russians to brace for a grueling phase of the pandemic in the weeks ahead.
complacency   Speak
n. a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements
 Difficult Words with Meaning and Sentence
    

Hard Vocabulary with Sentence

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inure: Read
/ɪ'njʊə(r)/ v. Syn. harden; habituate
apply in use; use or accustom till no pain or inconvenience; harden; habituate
Then as it relates to the benefits that we expect to inure from the system itself, let me turn that over to Stan to give you some highlights.
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inveterate: Read
/ɪn'vɛtərət/ a. Syn. habitual
deep-rooted; firmly and long established; habitual
An inveterate smoker, Bob cannot seem to break the habit, no matter how hard he tries.
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juxtaposition: Read
/dʒʌkstəpə'zɪʃən/ n. Syn. apposition
act of positioning close together; side-by-side position
It is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors.
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languid: Read
/'læŋgwɪd/ a. Syn. weak; sluggish
lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness
Her siege of illness left her languid and pallid.
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latent: Read
/'leɪtənt/ a. Syn. dormant; hidden
present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden
Existing arrangements contain latent functions that can be neither seen nor replaced by the reformer.
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licentious: Read
/laɪ'sɛnʃəs/ a. Syn. amoral; unrestrained
amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint
Unscrupulously seducing the daughter of his host, Don Juan felt no qualms about the immorality of his licentious behavior.
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Words of List 2 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
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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Word Meaning Matching - Test how many words you know
abjure  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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cancel; remove; erase or strike out
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renounce upon oath; abandon forever
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reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
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domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others
abrogate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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happy; merry; joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
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unfriendly; hostile; harmful; detrimental
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abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
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shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
alacrity  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden
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claim without justification; claim for oneself without right
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
arrogate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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claim without justification; claim for oneself without right
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act of positioning close together; side-by-side position
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repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
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various in kind or quality; many in number; numerous; multiplied; complicated
cajole  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
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domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others
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tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects
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lowest point; point on sphere opposites zenith diametrically
clemency  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
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urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial
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difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
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mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
cupidity  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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greed; excessive desire, especially for wealth
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pollute; make dirty or spotty
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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lowest point; point on sphere opposites zenith diametrically
extol  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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praise highly; glorify; celebrate
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shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
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express strong disapproval of; disparage
Exercise
lying; habitually dishonest; speaking falsely
imperious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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avoid; refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from
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strong feeling of aversion; dislike
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urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial
Exercise
present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden
inveterate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial
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deep-rooted; firmly and long established; habitual
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curse; evil speaking; utterance of curse or execration
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lowest point; point on sphere opposites zenith diametrically
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/æb'dʒʊə(r)/ v. Syn. renounce; abandon
renounce upon oath; abandon forever
He will [___] his allegiance to the king.


Spelling Word: abjure
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/ə'lækrɪtɪ/ n.
cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
Phil and Dave were raring to get off to the mountains; they packed up their ski gear and climbed into the van with [___].


Spelling Word: alacrity
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/æprə'beɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. approval
expression of warm approval; praise
She looked for some sign of [___] from her parents, hoping her good grades would please them.


Spelling Word: approbation
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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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/'klɛmənsɪ/ n.
mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
The lawyer was pleased when the case was sent to Judge Smith's chambers because Smith was noted for her [___] toward first offenders.


Spelling Word: clemency
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/dɪ'kraɪ/ v. Syn. disparage
express strong disapproval of; disparage
The founder of the Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman, would strongly [___] the lack of financial and moral support for children in America today.


Spelling Word: decry
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/dɪ'skɜrsɪv/ a.
tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects
As the lecturer wandered from topic to topic, we wondered what if any point there was to his [___] remarks.


Spelling Word: discursive
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/'ɛksɪkrəb(ə)l/ a.
very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
The anecdote was in such [___] taste that it revolted the audience.


Spelling Word: execrable
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/ɪk'stɔl/ v. Syn. praise; glorify
praise highly; glorify; celebrate
In his speech, the president will [___] the astronauts, calling them the pioneers of the Space Age.


Spelling Word: extol
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/hɪ'gɛmənɪ/;/'hɛdʒɛmoʊnɪ/ n.
domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others
When Germany claimed [___] over Russia, Stalin was outraged.


Spelling Word: hegemony