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 2018 Hot Words and Phrases

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Examples of Hot Difficult Words in Sentences:
Ponte City, a cylindrical brutalist skyscraper stretching 54 storeys, was built for yuppies who had flocked to the city, often from Europe.
brutalist
a. characterized by a deliberate plainness, crudity, or violence of imagery, especially in style of architecture or art
yuppie
n, a well-paid young middle-class professional who has a luxurious lifestyle
It was reserved for the wealthy, three-storey penthouses had wine cellars, saunas and jacuzzis; the only black residents were servants, in whose quarters windows had to be at least six feet off the ground.
jacuzzi
n. a large bath with a system of underwater jets of water to massage the body
quarters
n. housing or accommodation, esp as provided for military personnel and their families
In 1976 the suppression of an uprising in Soweto, a black township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, ushered in sanctions and boycotts, crimping South Africa’s economy.
usher
v. cause or mark the start of something new
crimp
v. have a limiting or adverse effect on something
The revival of Ponte is lumped in with the gentrification taking place in parts of inner-city Johannesburg, where hipsters gather at a market on Sundays to coo over minimalist lampshades.
gentrification
n. the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste
coo
v. talk fondly, amorously, or appreciatively
 Difficult Words with Meaning and Sentence
    

Hard Vocabulary with Sentence

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expiate: Read
/'ɛkspɪeɪt/ v. Syn. atone
make amends or pay the penalty for; relieve or cleanse of guilt
He tried to expiate his crimes by a full confession to the authorities.
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extant: Read
/ɛk'stænt/ a.
still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
Although the book is out of print, some copies are still extant. Unfortunately, all of them are in libraries or private collections; none are for sale.
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fallacious: Read
/fə'leɪʃəs/ a. Syn. false; deceptive
false; tending to mislead; deceptive
Paradoxically, fallacious reasoning does not always yield erroneous results: even though your logic may be faulty, the answer you get may nevertheless be correct.
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fatuous: Read
/'fætjʊəs/ a. Syn. foolish
foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
He is far too intelligent to utter such fatuous remarks.
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fetid: Read
/'fɛtɪd/ a. Syn. stinking
unpleasant-smelling; having offensive smell; stinking
These dogs are housed in fetid, dark sheds and barns or left outside in cages exposed to the cold, the heat, the rain and the snow.
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fractious: Read
/'frækʃəs/ a. Syn. unruly; disobedient; irritable
inclined to make trouble; disobedient; irritable
Bucking and kicking, the fractious horse unseated its rider.

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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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concomitant  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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absence of, or deviation from, just dealing; want of rectitude or uprightness; gross injustice; unrighteousness; wickedness
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in conjunction with; accompanying; associated with
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
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notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
cupidity  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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greed; excessive desire, especially for wealth
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without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
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having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
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notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
deleterious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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capricious; liable to sudden unpredictable change; quick and changeable in temperament
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foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
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apply in use; use or accustom till no pain or inconvenience; harden; habituate
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having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
demure  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
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lying; habitually dishonest; speaking falsely
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modest and reserved in manner or behavior
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
desecrate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
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apply in use; use or accustom till no pain or inconvenience; harden; habituate
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violate with violence, especially to sacred place
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tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects
effrontery  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
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shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
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tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects
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tireless; showing sustained enthusiastic action
extant  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
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insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment
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still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
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modest and reserved in manner or behavior
fatuous  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
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very wicked; infamous by being extremely wicked
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false; tending to mislead; deceptive
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praise highly; glorify; celebrate
hapless  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
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very wicked; infamous by being extremely wicked
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apply in use; use or accustom till no pain or inconvenience; harden; habituate
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without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
inchoate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
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mental keenness; quickness of perception
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modest and reserved in manner or behavior
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recently begun; imperfectly formed or developed; elementary
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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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/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'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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/ɪ'fɛmərəl/ a.
short-lived; enduring a very short time
The mayfly is an [___] creature: its adult life lasts little more than a day.


Spelling Word: ephemeral
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/'fɪər(ə)l/ a. Syn. wild
not domestic; wild; existing in wild or untamed state
Abandoned by their owners, dogs may revert to their [___] state, roaming the woods in packs.


Spelling Word: feral
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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
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/'flɒrɪd/;/'flɔ:rɪd/ a. Syn. ruddy; reddish
reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
If you go to beach and get a sunburn, your complexion will look [___].


Spelling Word: florid
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/'hæknɪd/ a. Syn. commonplace
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
When the reviewer criticized the movie for its [___] plot, we agreed; we had seen similar stories hundreds of times before.


Spelling Word: hackneyed
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/ɪn'dʒɛnjʊəs/ a. Syn. young; unsophisticated
naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
The woodsman had not realized how [___] Little Red Riding Hood was until he heard that she had gone off for a walk in the woods with the Big Bad Wolf.


Spelling Word: ingenuous