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Examples of Hot Difficult Words in Sentences:
Some of its inventions have been ludicrous: like an app that sold coins to use at laundromats; but others are world-beaters: microprocessor and smartphones all trace their lineage to the valley.
ludicrous   Speak
a. so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing; ridiculous
lineage   Speak
n. lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry or pedigree
There is no credible rival for its position as the world’s preeminent innovation hub; but there are signs that the Valley’s influence is peaking.
credible   Speak
a. able to be believed; convincing
preeminent   Speak
a. surpassing all others; very distinguished in some way
Many startups are branching out into new places and those who stay have broader horizons: put more money outside Bay Area; but Peter, a high-profile venture capitalist, is among those upping sticks.
horizon   Speak
n. the limit of a person's mental perception or interest
up sticks   Speak
v. take all the things that you own and go and live in a different place
New technologies offer lower margins than internet services, making it more important for startups to husband their cash; all this is before considering the nastier features of Bay Area: from clogged traffic to shocking inequality.
nasty   Speak
a. highly unpleasant, especially to the senses; physically nauseating
clog   Speak
v. block or become blocked with an accumulation of thick, wet matter
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Hard Vocabulary with Sentence

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decry: Read
/dɪ'kraɪ/ v. Syn. disparage
express strong disapproval of; disparage
The founder of the Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman, would strongly decry the lack of financial and moral support for children in America today.
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deleterious: Read
/dɛlɪ'tɪərɪəs/ a. Syn. harmful
having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
If you believe that smoking is deleterious to your health, then quit!.

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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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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assiduous  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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blessing; benefit bestowed, especially in response to a request
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whirlpool; powerful circular current of water
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constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
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mental keenness; quickness of perception
cajole  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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not domestic; wild; existing in wild or untamed state
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shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
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influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
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modest and reserved in manner or behavior
calumny  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
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incipient; coming into existence; emerging
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lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness
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false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; slander
cogent  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
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reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
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noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression
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incipient; coming into existence; emerging
decry  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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not domestic; wild; existing in wild or untamed state
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false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; slander
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shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
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express strong disapproval of; disparage
execrable  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
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domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others
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blessing; benefit bestowed, especially in response to a request
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
fastidious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; slander
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whirlpool; powerful circular current of water
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solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
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difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
fetid  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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generous gift; money or gifts bestowed
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expression of warm approval; praise
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very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
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unpleasant-smelling; having offensive smell; stinking
fractious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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inclined to make trouble; disobedient; irritable
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praise highly; glorify; celebrate
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lying; habitually dishonest; speaking falsely
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unpleasant-smelling; having offensive smell; stinking
harangue  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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show of skill or deceitful cleverness, considered magical by naive observers
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mental keenness; quickness of perception
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noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression
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large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
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/'kæləmnɪ/ n. Syn. slander
false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; slander
He could endure his financial failure, but he could not bear the [___] that his foes heaped upon him.


Spelling Word: calumny
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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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/kə'nʌndrəm/ n. Syn. riddle
riddle; difficult problem; dilemma
For this reason, the best way out of this [___] is a political compromise.


Spelling Word: conundrum
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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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/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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/fə'leɪʃəs/ a. Syn. false; deceptive
false; tending to mislead; deceptive
Paradoxically, [___] reasoning does not always yield erroneous results: even though your logic may be faulty, the answer you get may nevertheless be correct.


Spelling Word: fallacious
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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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/'frækʃəs/ a. Syn. unruly; disobedient; irritable
inclined to make trouble; disobedient; irritable
Bucking and kicking, the [___] horse unseated its rider.


Spelling Word: fractious
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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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/ɪnkɒntrə'vɜrtɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. indisputable
indisputable; not open to question
Unless you find the evidence against my client absolutely [___], you must declare her not guilty of this charge.


Spelling Word: incontrovertible