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Examples of Hot Difficult Words in Sentences:
NASA rang in 2019 in stellar style by celebrating a successful excursion to the most distant world ever explored - some billion miles beyond Pluto.
stellar   Speak
a. composed of stars; outstanding, marked by eminence and distinction
excursion   Speak
n. movement of something along a path or through an angle
For a Vogue cover girl, this pricey ensemble is pretty much par for the course; most people, however, wouldn't choose to go sledding in full-on evening wear.
ensemble   Speak
n. a complete costume of harmonizing, complementary clothing and accessories
par   Speak
n. face value of a stock or other security, as distinct from its market value
 Difficult Words with Meaning and Sentence
    

Hard Vocabulary with Sentence

Vocabulary is the core of English study. To master difficult words, you need to know definitions and meanings, as well as sentences and examples. The list of 200 hard words with meanings and sentences offers excellent contexts for each word to enrich your vocabulary skill. Especially for either SAT or ACT test-takers, these hard words and sentences are great resource to enhance college admission test skill.

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Here we list 200 difficult words with meanings and sentences. Most of the sentences are from media or the Internet. The real and alive English sentences give you actual context meanings, which help to memorize difficult words by context and to trigger inspiration to use them in writing.

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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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Word Meaning Matching - Test how many words you know
buttress  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
Exercise
express strong disapproval of; disparage
Exercise
tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects
Exercise
not capable of being swayed; unyielding; implacable
capricious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
disguise or conceal behind a false appearance; make a false show of
Exercise
urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial
Exercise
having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious
Exercise
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
clemency  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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brief; effectively cut short; marked by use of few words
Exercise
mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
Exercise
spreading harmfully in a subtle manner; designed or adapted to entrap
Exercise
clear, transparent or bright; calm, untroubled, and without worry
decry  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
express strong disapproval of; disparage
Exercise
happy; merry; joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
Exercise
limited quantity; small or moderate amount; any small thing
Exercise
tearfully sentimental; over-emotional; sickly-sentimental
demure  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious
Exercise
limited quantity; small or moderate amount; any small thing
Exercise
modest and reserved in manner or behavior
Exercise
notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
deride  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt
Exercise
cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
Exercise
talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
Exercise
show or demonstrate clearly; overcome; conquer
enervate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
Exercise
pollute; make dirty or spotty
Exercise
brief; effectively cut short; marked by use of few words
Exercise
incapable of being pacified; not to be relieved;
evince  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
show or demonstrate clearly; overcome; conquer
Exercise
generous gift; money or gifts bestowed
Exercise
apply in use; use or accustom till no pain or inconvenience; harden; habituate
Exercise
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
fractious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
inclined to make trouble; disobedient; irritable
Exercise
noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression
Exercise
weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
Exercise
show or demonstrate clearly; overcome; conquer
garrulous  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
apply in use; use or accustom till no pain or inconvenience; harden; habituate
Exercise
talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
Exercise
incipient; coming into existence; emerging
Exercise
mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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/'ækjʊmɛn, ə'kju:mɛn/ n. Syn. acuteness; insight
mental keenness; quickness of perception
However, her team's political [___] is clearly beyond mine, an Ivy League Medical Science Professor and NOT a Political "Science" Professor.


Spelling Word: acumen
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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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/brʊsk/;/brʌsk/ a. Syn. blunt; abrupt
abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
Was Bruce too [___] when he brushed off Bob's request with a curt "Not now!"?


Spelling Word: brusque
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/kə'dʒoʊl/ v.
influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
Diane tried to [___] her father into letting her drive the family car.


Spelling Word: cajole
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/krɪ'dju:lɪtɪ/;/krɪ'du:lɪtɪ/ n.
readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence
The rascal lives on the [___] of the people.


Spelling Word: credulity
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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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/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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/'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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/'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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/ɪm'pæsɪv/ a.
without feeling; revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
Refusing to let the enemy see how deeply shaken he was by his capture, the prisoner kept his face [___].


Spelling Word: impassive