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 2019 Hot Words and Phrases

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Examples of Hot Difficult Words in Sentences:
Some of its inventions have been ludicrous: like an app that sold coins to use at laundromats; but others are world-beaters: microprocessor and smartphones all trace their lineage to the valley.
ludicrous   Speak
a. so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing; ridiculous
lineage   Speak
n. lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry or pedigree
There is no credible rival for its position as the world’s preeminent innovation hub; but there are signs that the Valley’s influence is peaking.
credible   Speak
a. able to be believed; convincing
preeminent   Speak
a. surpassing all others; very distinguished in some way
Many startups are branching out into new places and those who stay have broader horizons: put more money outside Bay Area; but Peter, a high-profile venture capitalist, is among those upping sticks.
horizon   Speak
n. the limit of a person's mental perception or interest
up sticks   Speak
v. take all the things that you own and go and live in a different place
New technologies offer lower margins than internet services, making it more important for startups to husband their cash; all this is before considering the nastier features of Bay Area: from clogged traffic to shocking inequality.
nasty   Speak
a. highly unpleasant, especially to the senses; physically nauseating
clog   Speak
v. block or become blocked with an accumulation of thick, wet matter
 Difficult Words with Meaning and Sentence
    

Hard Vocabulary with Sentence

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largess: Read
/lɑrdʒɪs/ n.
generous gift; money or gifts bestowed
Lady Bountiful distributed largess to the poor.
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legerdemain: Read
/lɛdʒədə'meɪn/ n.
show of skill or deceitful cleverness, considered magical by naive observers
The magician demonstrated his renowned legerdemain.

limpid: Read
/'lɪmpɪd/ a. Syn. clear
clear, transparent or bright; calm, untroubled, and without worry
A limpid stream ran through his property.
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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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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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noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression
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renounce upon oath; abandon forever
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very wicked; infamous by being extremely wicked
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strong feeling of aversion; dislike
anathema  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
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without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
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solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
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renounce upon oath; abandon forever
arrogate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
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amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint
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claim without justification; claim for oneself without right
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reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
ascetic  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
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without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
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amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
cajole  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
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reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
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improperly forward or bold; rude
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notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
effrontery  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
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impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
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improperly forward or bold; rude
Exercise
shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
enervate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
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talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
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support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
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weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
fallacious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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false; tending to mislead; deceptive
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various in kind or quality; many in number; numerous; multiplied; complicated
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support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
Exercise
make shiny by rubbing; polish
fatuous  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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renounce upon oath; abandon forever
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reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
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shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity
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foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
ingenuous  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
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notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
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support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
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influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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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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/'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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/'klɛmənsɪ/ n.
mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
The lawyer was pleased when the case was sent to Judge Smith's chambers because Smith was noted for her [___] toward first offenders.


Spelling Word: clemency
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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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/kɒnflə'greɪʃ(ə)n/ a.
large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
After the [___] had finally died down, the city center was nothing but a mass of blackened embers.


Spelling Word: conflagration
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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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/ɪ'bʌlɪənt/ a.
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
Amy's [___] nature could not be repressed; she' was always bubbling over with excitement.


Spelling Word: ebullient
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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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/ɪs'tʃu:/ v. Syn. avoid; escape
avoid; refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from
Hoping to present himself to his girlfriend as a totally reformed character, he tried to [___] all the vices, especially chewing tobacco and drinking bathtub gin.


Spelling Word: eschew