Most difficult words in English with meanings

1-Archetypal /ˌɑːkɪˈtʌɪp(ə)l/

quintessential of a certain kind

Example: She is the archetypal country doctor.

2- Blandishment /ˈblandɪʃm(ə)nt/

intentional flattery for persuasion

Example: The blandishments of the travel brochure.

3-Circumlocution /ˌsəːkəmləˈkjuːʃ(ə)n/

expressing someone in an indirect way

Example: His admission came after years of circumlocution.

4-Demagogue /ˈdɛməɡɒɡ/

a political leader who uses rhetoric to appeal to prejudices and desires of ordinary citizens


Example: The minister is a gifted demagogue with particular skill in manipulating the press.

5-Embezzlement /ɛmˈbɛzlm(ə)nt/

misappropriation of funds

Example: he’s been indicted for major embezzlement.

6-Libertarian /ˌlɪbəˈtɛːrɪən/

someone who cherishes ideas of free will
Example: He is studying libertarian philosophy.

7-Mendacious /mɛnˈdeɪʃəs/

deceitful

Example: Cuba rejects and condemns every one of the mendacious words uttered yesterday by the President of the United States.

8- Pejorative /pɪˈdʒɒrətɪv/

showing disapproval

Example: Permissiveness is used almost universally as a pejorative term.

9- Ubiquitous /juːˈbɪkwɪtəs/

omnipresent or existing everywhere
Example: His ubiquitous influence was felt by all the family.

10- Vicissitude /vɪˈsɪsɪtjuːd/

an unwelcome or unpleasant change in circumstances or fortune
Example: Her husband’s sharp vicissitudes of fortune.

11- Aggrandize /əˈɡrandʌɪz/

enhance power, wealth or status
Example: It was an action intended to aggrandize the Frankish dynasty.

12- Callous (/ˈkaləs/

disregard for others
Example: Her callous comments about the murder made me shiver.

13- Cognizant /ˈkɒ(ɡ)nɪz(ə)nt/

awareness or realization

Example: Politicians must be cognizant of the political boundaries within which they work.

14- Construe /kənˈstruː/

interpret or assign meaning
Example: His words could hardly be construed as an apology.

15- Camaraderie /kaməˈrɑːd(ə)ri/

a sense of solidarity arising out of familiarity and sociability

Example: I like the enforced camaraderie of office life.

16- Convivial /kənˈvɪvɪəl/

enjoyable atmosphere or jovial company

Example: It is a convivial cocktail party.

17- Enervate /ˈɛnəveɪt/

lacking in vitality

Example: The weather has an enervating heat today.

18- Multifarious /ˌmʌltɪˈfɛːrɪəs/

multifaceted or diverse

Example: The university offers multifarious activities.

19- Promulgate /ˈprɒm(ə)lɡeɪt/

to broadcast or announce

Example: These objectives have to be promulgated within the organization.

20- Quotidian /kwɒˈtɪdɪən/

something that is of daily occurrence

Example: The car sped noisily off through the quotidian traffic.

Published by rashaadwan

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