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Some Random Hard English Words


When I was a kid, I used to love to learn new words everyday. In fact, I had this word drills that I answer on a daily basis. I usually had to learn 20-30 new words per day. It was fun.

Then in my college days, I had super nerdy classmates such as +Larry Potter (the mastermind). During our free time, we play a dictionary game as we call it. +Larry will look for a word in his pocket dictionary. He, then, will tell us its first letter and meaning. The class will have to guess the word. It was both fun and very informative.

Now that I am out of school, I kind of had the time to reminisce the good old past. So, I am sharing with you some hard words that we normally don't use.


formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

The employer said I had to abjure my belief of freedom of exercise of religious belief in order for me to get a raise.


having no definite or distinct shape or form

The statement of the witness is amorphous that the police is doubting his credibility.


something that causes great distress or annoyance

The accountant's bane is not being able to come up with a balanced financial statements.


cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money

The mayor is held accountable for bilking funds from the local treasury.


a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed

She did not feel any compunction after leaving her kids without a notice.


an insufficient quantity or number

The construction of the building in front of my house had to stop due to the dearth of funds.


showing a brooding ill humor, relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy in manner or appearance.

The dour stewardess barely smiles at the passengers.


joyously unrestrained, full of energy

She is ebullient today. Something good must have happened.


silly and pointless, devoid of intelligence,

No one will believe your fatuous investigation report.


a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess

He is getting fatter by the day. He should stop being such a gourmand.

So, for now there will only be 10 words since I am already sleepy. I hope that you learned from this post. Make sure to use these words in your  speech.

Have a good day!




  1. Thanks kai. I think I have to read more na talaga, i'm losing my vocabs haha

  2. Ahh! I only knew 2, 3, 9 and 10. Fail as an English speaker haha. Well, it would be weird to use these words in speech. Only in writing books or scholarly things. :D

  3. I only knew the last word because it has French origins. Nice idea for a post!

  4. It's always nice to be reminded of the beautiful words that we have taken advantage of. Thanks for the awesome read!

  5. Even though I am always using the English Language, there really are a lot of words that are still hard to pronounce, if not, remember. But this post made me want to read dictionary again.

  6. I've always had a thing for words. Thanks for this. It never hurts to expand one's vocabulary.

  7. I remember we used to do this in our English class back in high school. We share a new word each week. One word I shared with our class that stood out and was remembered by many was my contribution of "clairvoyant" because it sounded like my name. It's not used regularly but it's something we learned because of our activity.

  8. This is such a great and educational game. You get to expand your vocabulary and learn new things.

  9. Thanks for the enlightenment, some of the words that you mentioned I have not read or heard before. I quite like the word ebullient, full of energy.

  10. Now I know what compunction and abjure means. I had heard of them but I did not know their exact meaning. Thank you!

  11. Always nice learning new words! Definitely important to know them just in case you encounter them in the future :D

  12. Love this article, and I remember my high school days then, that I was doing this vocabulary drill. Luckily, I already knew some words that you posted here. Really nice to know that there's still blogger like you who's posting this very informative topic.

  13. Gosh, It has been a while since I have read vocabulary posts like this. Would love to read more of this from you because this is very educational.

  14. I love that you posted this. This is very educational and I think you should do a word post like this more often. I also love the game that you described in the beginning of the article and I am definitely going to play it with my kids to help expand their vocabulary. Thank you for sharing you are awesome

  15. When I was young, it was a routine to learn a few words everyday. As English is not my native language, this practice helped me a lot. Even today if I a looking for a word in the dictionary, I make sure to learn a couple of words from that page. I learn a new word everyday and now it has become a hobby. Thank you for this post!


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