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500 Hardest English Words

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apprise
(v) to inform
impetuous
(adj) characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation
pabulum
(n) any substance that can be used as food; (n) insipid intellectual nourishment
engender
(v) to produce, cause, or bring about
intransigent
(adj) uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
abjure
(v) to reject; abandon formally
aioli
(n) a sauce made of oil and eggs, usually flavored with garlic, from the Provence region of France; olive oil, egg yolk, garlic and saffron
anamnesis
(n) the ability to recall past occurrences; (n) the case history of a medical patient; (n) a memory
novation
(n) (law) the replacement of one obligation by another by mutual agreement of both parties
truss
(v) to tie, bind, or fasten; (v) to make fast with skewers, thread
solecism
(n) a breach of good manners or etiquette; a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage
fetial
(adj) concerned with declarations of war and treaties of peace
gasconade
(n) extravagant boasting; boastful talk; (v) to boast extravagantly; bluster
profligacy
(n) reckless extravagance; shameless dissoluteness
paregmenon
(n) the juxtaposition of words that have a common derivation, as in "sense and sensibility"
outrance
(n) the utmost extremity
depone
(v) to testify under oath; despose
consternation
(n) fear resulting from the awareness of danger; amazement or fear that makes one feel confused
ruck
(n) a large number or quantity; mass
xenophilia
(n) an attraction to foreign peoples, cultures, or customs
ensconce
(v) to settle comfortably and firmly in position; to put or hide in a safe place
aphotic
(adj) lacking light; dark
flummox
(v) to confuse or perplex
raiment
(n) especially fine or decorative clothing
mulct
(v) to deprive (someone) of something, as by fraud, extortion, etc.; swindle.
adulate
(v) flatter in an obsequious manner
buncombe
(n) empty, showy talk
comport
(v) to conduct or bear oneself, behave
aspersion
(n) slander; false rumor
asperity
(n) severity; harshness; irritability
imprimatur
(n) formal and explicit approval
calumniate
(v) to slander; to accuse falsely and maliciously
puissance
(n) power; might; glory
depredation
(n) an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
PUSILLANIMOUS
(adj) cowardly; without courage; craven
numen
(n) Divine power, especially one who inhabits a particular object
besot
(v) To infatuate; obsess
mensch
(n) A decent, upright, mature, and responsible person
sudorific
(adj) Causing sweat
pother
(n) A heated discussion, debate, or argument; fuss; to-do
cicatrix
(n) New tissue that forms over a wound
obtest
(v) To invoke as witness; to protest
sibilant
(adj) Characterized by a hissing sound
spondulics
(n) money
inveterate
(adj) firmly established, long-standing; habitual
liturgical
(adj) relating to public worship
imbue
(v) to fill completely with a feeling or idea; to inspire; (v) to infuse, dye, wet, or moisten
prorogue
(v) adjourn, as in a legislative session
intromit
(v) to introduce; to send, put, or let in
omphalos
(n) the central point; the navel