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Examples of Hot Difficult Words in Sentences:
A high number of cases in a vast country with a creaky public health system was inevitable; but, such a high number is blaming an ill-timed lockdown.
creaky   Speak
a. bad in some way because it is old or old-fashioned
ill-timed   Speak
a. occurring at or planned for an unsuitable time
The frenzied coverage of his death and vilification of his actor-girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty has dominated prime-time in India.
vilification   Speak
n. abusively disparaging speech or writing
frenzied   Speak
a. wildly excited or uncontrolled
prime-time   Speak
n. regularly occurring time at which a television audience is expected to be greatest
That coronavirus regulations infringe on basic rights and freedoms enshrined in Germany's constitution.
enshrine   Speak
v. place a revered or precious object in an appropriate receptacle
infringe   Speak
v. actively break the terms of a law or agreement
Manager of influencer Zara McDermott told BBC that her email inbox is flooded with offers from drop shippers asking to promote what she believes to be knock-off goods.
influencer   Speak
n. a person or thing that influences another
 Difficult Words with Meaning and Sentence
    

Hard Vocabulary with Sentence

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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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maelstrom: Read
/'meɪlstrəm/ n. Syn. whirlpool
whirlpool; powerful circular current of water
The canoe was tossed about in the maelstrom, it had to leave the dangerous water quickly.
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malediction: Read
/mælɪ'dɪkʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. curse
curse; evil speaking; utterance of curse or execration
When the magic mirror revealed that Snow White was still alive, the wicked queen cried out in rage and uttered dreadful malediction.
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manifold: Read
/'mænɪfoʊld/ a.
various in kind or quality; many in number; numerous; multiplied; complicated
The same threat is repeated in manifold forms to awaken the careless.
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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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violate with violence, especially to sacred place
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mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
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fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
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constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
clemency  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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lying; habitually dishonest; speaking falsely
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mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
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abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
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avoid; refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from
conflagration  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment
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renounce upon oath; abandon forever
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large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
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expression of warm approval; praise
credulity  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden
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without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
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readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence
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deep-rooted; firmly and long established; habitual
demure  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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greed; excessive desire, especially for wealth
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modest and reserved in manner or behavior
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incapable of being pacified; not to be relieved;
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present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden
enervate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
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tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects
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short-lived; enduring a very short time
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curse; evil speaking; utterance of curse or execration
execrable  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
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curse; evil speaking; utterance of curse or execration
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inclined to make trouble; disobedient; irritable
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having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
hegemony  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
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domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others
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tireless; showing sustained enthusiastic action
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insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment
impervious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
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varied; greatly diversified; made up of many differing parts
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spreading harmfully in a subtle manner; designed or adapted to entrap
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show of skill or deceitful cleverness, considered magical by naive observers
impinge  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
Exercise
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
Exercise
claim without justification; claim for oneself without right
Exercise
infringe; advance beyond usual limit; make physical impact on; touch
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/ə'næθəmə/ n.
solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
To the Ayatolla, America and the West were anathema; he loathed the democratic nations, cursing them in his dying words.


Spelling Word: anathema
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/bu:n/ n. Syn. blessing; benefit
blessing; benefit bestowed, especially in response to a request
The recent rains that filled our empty reservoirs were a [___] to the whole community.


Spelling Word: boon
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/'bɜrnɪʃ/ v. Syn. polish
make shiny by rubbing; polish
I [___] the brass fixtures until they reflect the lamplight.


Spelling Word: burnish
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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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/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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/'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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/'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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/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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/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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/'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