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 2020 Hot Words and Phrases

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Examples of Hot Difficult Words in Sentences:
There was talk of releasing a Star Wars film every year; of an interconnected universe stitched together through a combination of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs.
prequel   Speak
n. a story or movie containing events that precede those of an existing work
spin-off   Speak
n. a byproduct or incidental result of a larger project
On the Internet, The media outlet has published a video purporting to show Wang pleading for leniency during a 2016 trial.
purport   Speak
v. appear or claim to be or do something, profess
leniency   Speak
n. fact or quality of being more merciful or tolerant than expected
media outlet   Speak
n. a newspaper, television company or other mass media which publishes news stories
Prince Andrew was, if not remorseful, then clear that with hindsight he had done the wrong thing.
remorseful   Speak
a. annoyed, regretful, vexed
hindsight   Speak
n. understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed
Turkey has a longstanding enmity with the Kurds and wants to push back the YPG from its border.
enmity   Speak
n. state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone
 Difficult Words with Meaning and Sentence
    

Hard Vocabulary with Sentence

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deprecate: Read
/'dɛprɪkeɪt/ v. Syn. belittle
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
A firm believer in old-fashioned courtesy, Miss Post must deprecate the modern tendency to address new acquaintances by their first names.
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desecrate: Read
/'dɛsɪkreɪt/ v.
violate with violence, especially to sacred place
Shattering the altar and trampling the holy objects underfoot, the invaders desecrate the sanctuary.
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dissemble: Read
/dɪ'sɛmb(ə)l/ v. Syn. disguise; pretend
disguise or conceal behind a false appearance; make a false show of
Even though John tried to dissemble his motive for taking modern dance, we all knew he was there not to dance but to meet girls.
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effrontery: Read
/ɛ'frʌntərɪ/ n.
shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
She had the effrontery to insult the guest.
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enervate: Read
/'ɛnəveɪt/ v. Syn. weaken
weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
She was slow to recover from her illness; even a short walk to the window would enervate her.
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eschew: Read
/ɪs'tʃu:/ v. Syn. avoid; escape
avoid; refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from
Hoping to present himself to his girlfriend as a totally reformed character, he tried to eschew all the vices, especially chewing tobacco and drinking bathtub gin.
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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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Word Meaning Matching - Test how many words you know
conundrum  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
Exercise
without feeling; revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
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of very large or indefinite number; of ten thousand
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riddle; difficult problem; dilemma
credulity  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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clear, transparent or bright; calm, untroubled, and without worry
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
Exercise
reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
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readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence
defile  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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pollute; make dirty or spotty
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clear, transparent or bright; calm, untroubled, and without worry
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present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden
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limited quantity; small or moderate amount; any small thing
enervate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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mental keenness; quickness of perception
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praise highly; glorify; celebrate
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absence of, or deviation from, just dealing; want of rectitude or uprightness; gross injustice; unrighteousness; wickedness
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weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
evince  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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show or demonstrate clearly; overcome; conquer
Exercise
blessing; benefit bestowed, especially in response to a request
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very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
Exercise
mental keenness; quickness of perception
execrable  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
Exercise
foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
Exercise
domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others
Exercise
violate with violence, especially to sacred place
extant  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
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very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
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lowest point; point on sphere opposites zenith diametrically
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present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden
extol  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
praise highly; glorify; celebrate
Exercise
make amends or pay the penalty for; relieve or cleanse of guilt
Exercise
capricious; liable to sudden unpredictable change; quick and changeable in temperament
Exercise
make shiny by rubbing; polish
hegemony  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
Exercise
difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
Exercise
readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence
Exercise
domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others
impassive  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint
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difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
Exercise
tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects
Exercise
without feeling; revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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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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/dɛlɪ'tɪərɪəs/ a. Syn. harmful
having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
If you believe that smoking is [___] to your health, then quit!.


Spelling Word: deleterious
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/dɪ'raɪd/ v. Syn. ridicule
ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt
The critics [___] his pretentious dialogue and refused to consider his play seriously.


Spelling Word: deride
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/'dɛsɪkreɪt/ v.
violate with violence, especially to sacred place
Shattering the altar and trampling the holy objects underfoot, the invaders [___] the sanctuary.


Spelling Word: desecrate
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/ɪs'tʃu:/ v. Syn. avoid; escape
avoid; refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from
Hoping to present himself to his girlfriend as a totally reformed character, he tried to [___] all the vices, especially chewing tobacco and drinking bathtub gin.


Spelling Word: eschew
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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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/'ɛkskʌlpeɪt/ v.
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
The court will [___] him of the crime after the real criminal confesses.


Spelling Word: exculpate
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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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/'hæplɪs/ a.
without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
His [___] lover was knocked down by a car.


Spelling Word: hapless
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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