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 2020 Hot Words and Phrases

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Examples of Hot Difficult Words in Sentences:
He has come under fire after US outlet NPR obtained a recording of him warning a group of wealthy constituents about the dire economic impact of the coronavirus.
come under fire   Speak
v. be criticized, be attacked with guns
constituent   Speak
n. a member of an electoral district
dire   Speak
a. extremely serious or urgent
More and more countries are considering draconian measures, whether forcing all international arrivals into quarantine or locking down regions.
draconian   Speak
a. excessively harsh and severe
lock down   Speak
v. confine of prisoners to their cells, typically after an escape or to regain control during a riot
A chartered aircraft to repatriate Canadians on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship is en route to Japan from Canada.
repatriate   Speak
v. send someone back to their own country
en route   Speak
ad. during the course of a journey; on the way
He visited overflowing hospitals, funeral parlors, and makeshift isolation wards, offered a glimpse into the grim reality at the heart of the crisis.
parlor   Speak
n. a sitting room in a private house
 Difficult Words with Meaning and Sentence
    

Hard Vocabulary with Sentence

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magnanimous: Read
/mæg'nænɪməs/ a. Syn. generous; noble
generous; high-minded; chivalrous
The last area where Obama should be magnanimous is on Defense policy.
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malevolent: Read
/mə'lɛvələnt/ a. Syn. malicious
having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious
Lago is a malevolent villain who takes pleasure in ruining Othello.
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maudlin: Read
/'mɔ:dlɪn/ a. Syn. sentimental
tearfully sentimental; over-emotional; sickly-sentimental
One moment he was in maudlin tears and the next he was cracking some miserable joke about the disaster.
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mendacious: Read
/mɛn'deɪʃəs/ a. Syn. lying
lying; habitually dishonest; speaking falsely
Distrusting Huck from the start, Miss Watson assumed he was mendacious and refused to believe a word he said.

modicum: Read
/'mɒdɪkəm/ n.
limited quantity; small or moderate amount; any small thing
Although his story is based on a modicum of truth, most of the events he describes are fictitious.
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myriad: Read
/'mɪrɪəd/ a. Syn. innumerable; many; countless; numberless
of very large or indefinite number; of ten thousand
In China, for example, where a number of different dialects are spoken, the same character can be pronounced in myriad ways.
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Words of List 2 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
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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notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
Exercise
incipient; coming into existence; emerging
Exercise
express strong disapproval of; disparage
Exercise
renounce upon oath; abandon forever
adumbrate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
Exercise
limited quantity; small or moderate amount; any small thing
Exercise
give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
Exercise
urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial
buttress  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
fleeting; vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor
Exercise
spreading harmfully in a subtle manner; designed or adapted to entrap
Exercise
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
Exercise
support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
calumny  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
Exercise
false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; slander
Exercise
false; tending to mislead; deceptive
Exercise
without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
egregious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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not capable of being swayed; unyielding; implacable
Exercise
notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
Exercise
urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial
Exercise
incipient; coming into existence; emerging
evince  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
express strong disapproval of; disparage
Exercise
generous; high-minded; chivalrous
Exercise
show or demonstrate clearly; overcome; conquer
Exercise
still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
exculpate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects
Exercise
casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
Exercise
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
Exercise
give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
impassive  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
without feeling; revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
Exercise
sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
Exercise
support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
Exercise
cancel; remove; erase or strike out
imperious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
generous; high-minded; chivalrous
Exercise
improperly forward or bold; rude
Exercise
ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt
Exercise
urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial
inexorable  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
not capable of being swayed; unyielding; implacable
Exercise
casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
Exercise
cancel; remove; erase or strike out
Exercise
support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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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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/'koʊdʒənt/ a. Syn. convincing
reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
It was inevitable that David chose to go to Harvard: he had several [___] reasons for doing so, including a full-tuition scholarship.


Spelling Word: cogent
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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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/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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/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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/ɛk'spʌndʒ/ v. Syn. cancel; remove
cancel; remove; erase or strike out
If you behave, I will [___] this notation from your record.


Spelling Word: expunge
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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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/'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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/hə'ræŋ/ n.
noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression
In her lengthy [___], the principal berated the offenders.


Spelling Word: harangue
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/ɪm'pɛtjʊəs/ a. Syn. violent; hasty; rash.
marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate
I don't believe that "Leap before you look" is the motto suggested by one particularly [___] young man.


Spelling Word: impetuous