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 2020 Hot Words and Phrases

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Examples of Hot Difficult Words in Sentences:
A new respiratory virus, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms, has prompted Chinese authorities to quarantine several major cities, like Wuhan.
respiratory   Speak
a. relating to breathing
quarantine   Speak
v. impose isolation on
In the public statement about the spearheading's death, the prime minister said he had been responsible for a pattern of disruptive, destabilizing behavior in the region.
spearhead   Speak
v. lead an attack or movement
disruptive   Speak
a. causing or tending to cause disorder or trouble
destabilize   Speak
v. upset the stability of; cause unrest in
There was talk of releasing a Star Wars film every year; of an interconnected universe stitched together through a combination of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs.
prequel   Speak
n. a story or movie containing events that precede those of an existing work
spin-off   Speak
n. a byproduct or incidental result of a larger project
On the Internet, The media outlet has published a video purporting to show Wang pleading for leniency during a 2016 trial.
purport   Speak
v. appear or claim to be or do something, profess
 Difficult Words with Meaning and Sentence
    

Hard Vocabulary with Sentence

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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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licentious: Read
/laɪ'sɛnʃəs/ a. Syn. amoral; unrestrained
amoral; unrestrained; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint
Unscrupulously seducing the daughter of his host, Don Juan felt no qualms about the immorality of his licentious behavior.
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maelstrom: Read
/'meɪlstrəm/ n. Syn. whirlpool
whirlpool; powerful circular current of water
The canoe was tossed about in the maelstrom, it had to leave the dangerous water quickly.
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malediction: Read
/mælɪ'dɪkʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. curse
curse; evil speaking; utterance of curse or execration
When the magic mirror revealed that Snow White was still alive, the wicked queen cried out in rage and uttered dreadful malediction.
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manifold: Read
/'mænɪfoʊld/ a.
various in kind or quality; many in number; numerous; multiplied; complicated
The same threat is repeated in manifold forms to awaken the careless.
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mawkish: Read
/'mɔ:kɪʃ/ a. Syn. maudlin
insincerely emotional; showing a sickly excess of sentiment
Whenever Gigi and her boyfriend would sigh and get all lovey-dovey, her little brother would shout, "Yuck!" protesting their mawkish behavior.


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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
ascetic  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
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foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
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repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
conundrum  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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generous; high-minded; chivalrous
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riddle; difficult problem; dilemma
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mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
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support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
evince  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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show or demonstrate clearly; overcome; conquer
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unpleasant-smelling; having offensive smell; stinking
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blessing; benefit bestowed, especially in response to a request
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
fallacious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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brief; effectively cut short; marked by use of few words
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false; tending to mislead; deceptive
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support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
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deep-rooted; firmly and long established; habitual
fatuous  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
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not capable of being swayed; unyielding; implacable
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tearfully sentimental; over-emotional; sickly-sentimental
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express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
fetid  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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riddle; difficult problem; dilemma
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unpleasant-smelling; having offensive smell; stinking
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foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
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brief; effectively cut short; marked by use of few words
harangue  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt
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foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
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mental keenness; quickness of perception
Exercise
noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression
inexorable  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others
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show of skill or deceitful cleverness, considered magical by naive observers
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renounce upon oath; abandon forever
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not capable of being swayed; unyielding; implacable
inveterate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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deep-rooted; firmly and long established; habitual
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lowest point; point on sphere opposites zenith diametrically
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abusive language used to express blame or ill will
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naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
latent  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden
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brief; effectively cut short; marked by use of few words
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marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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/'bʌtrɪs/ v. Syn. support
support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
The attorney came up with several far-fetched arguments in a vain attempt to [___] his weak case.


Spelling Word: buttress
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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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/dɪ'sɛmb(ə)l/ v. Syn. disguise; pretend
disguise or conceal behind a false appearance; make a false show of
Even though John tried to [___] his motive for taking modern dance, we all knew he was there not to dance but to meet girls.


Spelling Word: dissemble
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/ɛk'stænt/ a.
still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
Although the book is out of print, some copies are still [___]. Unfortunately, all of them are in libraries or private collections; none are for sale.


Spelling Word: extant
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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'pɪərɪəs/ a. Syn. dictatorial
urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial
Jane rather liked a man to be masterful, but Mr. Rochester seemed so bent on getting his own way that he was actually imperious!


Spelling Word: imperious
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/ɪm'pɜrvɪəs/ a. Syn. impenetrable
impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
The carpet salesman told Simone that his most expensive brand of floor covering was warranted to be [___] to ordinary wear and tear.


Spelling Word: impervious
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/ɪm'plækəb(ə)l/ a.
incapable of being pacified; not to be relieved;
Madame Defarge was the [___] enemy of the Evremonde family.


Spelling Word: implacable
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/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 [___] from the system itself, let me turn that over to Stan to give you some highlights.


Spelling Word: inure
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/'læŋgwɪd/ a. Syn. weak; sluggish
lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness
Her siege of illness left her [___] and pallid.


Spelling Word: languid