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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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iniquity: Read
/ɪ'nɪkw(ə)tɪ/ n.
absence of, or deviation from, just dealing; want of rectitude or uprightness; gross injustice; unrighteousness; wickedness
He thought of New York as a den of iniquity.
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inure: Read
/ɪ'njʊə(r)/ v. Syn. harden; habituate
apply in use; use or accustom till no pain or inconvenience; harden; habituate
Then as it relates to the benefits that we expect to inure from the system itself, let me turn that over to Stan to give you some highlights.
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inveterate: Read
/ɪn'vɛtərət/ a. Syn. habitual
deep-rooted; firmly and long established; habitual
An inveterate smoker, Bob cannot seem to break the habit, no matter how hard he tries.
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juxtaposition: Read
/dʒʌkstəpə'zɪʃən/ n. Syn. apposition
act of positioning close together; side-by-side position
It is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors.
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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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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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adumbrate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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make shiny by rubbing; polish
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pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
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give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
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abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
alacrity  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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whirlpool; powerful circular current of water
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reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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not capable of being swayed; unyielding; implacable
anathema  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
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abusive language used to express blame or ill will
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reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
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solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
assiduous  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
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give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
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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
boon  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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abusive language used to express blame or ill will
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pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
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violate with violence, especially to sacred place
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blessing; benefit bestowed, especially in response to a request
desecrate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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lying; habitually dishonest; speaking falsely
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short-lived; enduring a very short time
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violate with violence, especially to sacred place
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fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
enervate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
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weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
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improperly forward or bold; rude
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strong feeling of aversion; dislike
ephemeral  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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not domestic; wild; existing in wild or untamed state
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
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improperly forward or bold; rude
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short-lived; enduring a very short time
fatuous  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness
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weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
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foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
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insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment
fetid  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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unpleasant-smelling; having offensive smell; stinking
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generous; high-minded; chivalrous
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express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
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short-lived; enduring a very short time
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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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/kən'kɒmɪtənt/ a. Syn. accompanying
in conjunction with; accompanying; associated with
These two-sided attributes are known as [___] characteristics.


Spelling Word: concomitant
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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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/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'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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/'fætjʊəs/ a. Syn. foolish
foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
He is far too intelligent to utter such [___] remarks.


Spelling Word: fatuous
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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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/grɪ'gɛərɪəs/ a. Syn. sociable
sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
Natural selection in [___] animals operates upon groups rather than upon individuals.


Spelling Word: gregarious
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/ɪnkɒntrə'vɜrtɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. indisputable
indisputable; not open to question
Unless you find the evidence against my client absolutely [___], you must declare her not guilty of this charge.


Spelling Word: incontrovertible