75 more difficult English Words

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demure
quiet, modest, reserved
deride
to ridicule, laugh at with contempt
despot
a dictator with absolute power
diligent
showing care in doing one's work
elated
full of high-spirited delight
eloquent
expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
embezzle
to steal money by falsifying records
empathy
sensitivity to another's feelings as if they were one's own
enmity
ill will; hatred; hostility
erudite
learned or scholarly
extol
to praise, revere
fabricate
to make up, invent
feral
Savage; wild
flabbergasted
Astounded
forsake
to give up, renounce; to leave, abandon
fractious
(adj.) troublesome or irritable
furtive
secretive; sly
gluttony
excessive eating or drinking
gratuitous
uncalled for; lacking good reason; unwarranted
haughty
proud, arrogant
hypocrisy
Pretending to have feelings, beliefs, or virtues that one does not have.
impeccable
perfect, flawless
impertinent
insolent; rude
implacable
(adj.) incapable of being appeased or mitigated
impudent
casually rude, insolent
incisive
clear and sharp in analysis or expression
indolent
lazy
inept
not suitable or capable, unqualified
infamy
(n.) notoriety, extreme ill repute
inhibit
restrain; prohibit; retard or prevent
innate
(adj.) natural, inborn, inherent; built-in
insatiable
not capable of being fully satisfied
insular
(adj.) separated and narrow-minded; tight-knit, closed off
intrepid
brave in the face of danger
inveterate
(adj.) stubbornly established by habit
jubilant
extremely joyful
knell
the solemn sound of a bell, often indicating a death
lithe
Flexible, graceful.
lurid
shocking; sensational
maverick
an independent, nonconformist person
maxim
common saying expressing a principle of conduct
meticulous
extremely careful about details
modicum
a small amount of something
morose
gloomy or sullen
myriad
a very large number
nadir
(n.) the lowest point of something
nominal
insignificant, trifling
novice
one who is just a beginner at some activity requiring skill and experience
nuance
a slight variation in meaning, tone, expression
oblivious
(adj.) lacking consciousness or awareness of something
obsequitous
obeying/performing a service for someone in an overly attentive manner
obtuse
lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect
panacea
a remedy for all ills; cure-all; an answer to all problems
parody
humorous or ridiculous imitation
penchant
a tendency, partiality, or preference
perusal
a careful examination, review
plethora
excess, overabundance
predilection
preference or preferred way of doing something
quaint
charmingly old fashioned
rash
hasty, incautious
refurbish
to brighten, freshen or polish; to restore or improve
repudiate
to reject, decline
rife
abundant or plentiful, full of sth bad or unpleasant
salient
significant; conspicuous; standing out from the rest
serendipity
(n.) luck, finding good things without looking for them
staid
(adj.) sedate, serious, self-restrained
superfluous
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
sycophant
one who sucks up to others
taciturn
Inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation
truculent
ready to fight; cruel
umbrage
resentment, offense
venerable
respected because of age, distinguished
vex
(v.) to confuse or annoy
vociferous
(adj.) loud, boisterous
wanton
(adj.) undisciplined, lewd, lustful
zenith
the point of culmination; peak