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Examples of Hot Difficult Words in Sentences:
Part scientific tome, part rallying cry against humans’ impulse to interfere with the natural world, that's the Yellowstone Wolves.
tome   Speak
n. a book, especially a large, heavy, scholarly one
rallying cry   Speak
n. people join together to support an idea, cause, etc.
"Wolf, Wolf! Stay home! Stay safe!" They've repeatedly shouted, only to smirk smugly as they go about their daily lives.
smirk   Speak
v. smile in an irritatingly conceited or silly way
smugly   Speak
ad. in a way that shows excessive satisfaction or pride in oneself
only to   Speak
ad. to highlight an upsetting, disappointing, or unpleasant action that occurred after something else
The safest choice this Thanksgiving is to cozy up to - and cook for - the people you live with; these lower-yield recipes don't sacrifice on satisfaction.
cozy up   Speak
v. attain or try to attain familiarity, friendship, or intimacy
low-yield   Speak
a. used to describe investments that do not pay much income
Cit0Day could be considered a reincarnation of LeakedSource; however, it went down on September 14, when the site's domain sported an FBI seizure notice.
reincarnation   Speak
n. the rebirth of a soul in a new body
 Hard Words with Meaning and Sentence
    

Difficult Words with Meaning and Sentence

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garrulous: Read
/'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 garrulous person in Cayuga County.
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hackneyed: Read
/'hæknɪd/ a. Syn. commonplace
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
When the reviewer criticized the movie for its hackneyed plot, we agreed; we had seen similar stories hundreds of times before.
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harangue: Read
/hə'ræŋ/ n.
noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression
In her lengthy harangue, the principal berated the offenders.
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hegemony: Read
/hɪ'gɛmənɪ/;/'hɛdʒɛmoʊnɪ/ n.
domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others
When Germany claimed hegemony over Russia, Stalin was outraged.

imperious: Read
/ɪm'pɪərɪəs/ a. Syn. dictatorial
urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial
Jane rather liked a man to be masterful, but Mr. Rochester seemed so bent on getting his own way that he was actually imperious!
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impervious: Read
/ɪm'pɜrvɪəs/ a. Syn. impenetrable
impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
The carpet salesman told Simone that his most expensive brand of floor covering was warranted to be impervious to ordinary wear and tear.
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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
abjure  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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violate with violence, especially to sacred place
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avoid; refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from
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readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence
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renounce upon oath; abandon forever
anathema  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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modest and reserved in manner or behavior
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support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
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tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects
Exercise
solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
brusque  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
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abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
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not domestic; wild; existing in wild or untamed state
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strong feeling of aversion; dislike
credulity  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden
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readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence
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difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
Exercise
lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness
desecrate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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violate with violence, especially to sacred place
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amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint
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abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
Exercise
blessing; benefit bestowed, especially in response to a request
discursive  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
Exercise
unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech
Exercise
tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects
Exercise
show or demonstrate clearly; overcome; conquer
effrontery  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
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mental keenness; quickness of perception
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difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
Exercise
talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
execrable  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
Exercise
incapable of being pacified; not to be relieved;
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mental keenness; quickness of perception
Exercise
lying; habitually dishonest; speaking falsely
extol  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
make shiny by rubbing; polish
Exercise
talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
Exercise
praise highly; glorify; celebrate
Exercise
avoid; refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from
feral  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
of very large or indefinite number; of ten thousand
Exercise
not domestic; wild; existing in wild or untamed state
Exercise
in conjunction with; accompanying; associated with
Exercise
abusive language used to express blame or ill will
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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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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/'ædʌmbreɪt/ v. Syn. overshadow; shade
give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
Her constant complaining about the job would [___] her intent to leave.


Spelling Word: adumbrate
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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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/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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/ə'sɪdjʊəs/;/ə'sɪdʒʊəs/ a. Syn. diligent; persistent
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
He was [___], working at this task for weeks before he felt satisfied with his results.


Spelling Word: assiduous
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/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 [___] his motive for taking modern dance, we all knew he was there not to dance but to meet girls.


Spelling Word: dissemble
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/ɛ'frʌntərɪ/ n.
shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
She had the [___] to insult the guest.


Spelling Word: effrontery
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/'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 [___] her.


Spelling Word: enervate
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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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/'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