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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
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Hard Vocabulary with Sentence

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conundrum: Read
/kə'nʌndrəm/ n. Syn. riddle
riddle; difficult problem; dilemma
For this reason, the best way out of this conundrum is a political compromise.

cupidity: Read
/kju:'pɪdɪtɪ/ n. Syn. greed
greed; excessive desire, especially for wealth
The defeated people could not satisfy the cupidity of the conquerors, who demanded excessive tribute.
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decry: Read
/dɪ'kraɪ/ v. Syn. disparage
express strong disapproval of; disparage
The founder of the Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman, would strongly decry the lack of financial and moral support for children in America today.
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deleterious: Read
/dɛlɪ'tɪərɪəs/ a. Syn. harmful
having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
If you believe that smoking is deleterious to your health, then quit!.

deprecate: Read
/'dɛprɪkeɪt/ v. Syn. belittle
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
A firm believer in old-fashioned courtesy, Miss Post must deprecate the modern tendency to address new acquaintances by their first names.
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desecrate: Read
/'dɛsɪkreɪt/ v.
violate with violence, especially to sacred place
Shattering the altar and trampling the holy objects underfoot, the invaders desecrate the sanctuary.
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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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alacrity  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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renounce upon oath; abandon forever
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still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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whirlpool; powerful circular current of water
antipathy  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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make shiny by rubbing; polish
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capricious; liable to sudden unpredictable change; quick and changeable in temperament
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show of skill or deceitful cleverness, considered magical by naive observers
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strong feeling of aversion; dislike
ascetic  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
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notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
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solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
buttress  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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make amends or pay the penalty for; relieve or cleanse of guilt
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tireless; showing sustained enthusiastic action
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urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial
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support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
cupidity  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
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make shiny by rubbing; polish
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without feeling; revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
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greed; excessive desire, especially for wealth
eschew  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
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difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
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avoid; refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
extant  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
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weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
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make shiny by rubbing; polish
florid  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
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tireless; showing sustained enthusiastic action
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still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
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reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
harangue  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
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noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression
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difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
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insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment
impinge  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
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notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
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infringe; advance beyond usual limit; make physical impact on; touch
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strong feeling of aversion; dislike
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/'æbroʊgeɪt/ a. Syn. abolish
abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
He intended to [___] the decree issued by his predecessor.


Spelling Word: abrogate
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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'gri:dʒəs/ a. Syn. notorious
notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
She was an [___] liar; we all knew better than to believe a word she said.


Spelling Word: egregious
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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
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/i:və'nɛs(ə)nt/;/ɛv-/ a. Syn. fleeting; vanishing
fleeting; vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor
Brandon's satisfaction in his new job was [___], for he immediately began to notice its many drawbacks.


Spelling Word: evanescent
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/'ɛkspɪeɪt/ v. Syn. atone
make amends or pay the penalty for; relieve or cleanse of guilt
He tried to [___] his crimes by a full confession to the authorities.


Spelling Word: expiate
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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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/ɪn'ɛfəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. unutterable
unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech
Such [___] joy must be experienced; it cannot be described.


Spelling Word: ineffable