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Welcome to Online English Section with explanation Here we are providing some difficult words , which is important for IBPS PO/CLERK/LIC AAO/RRB & SSC CGL EXAM and other !!!

1. Haggle

Meaning – dispute or bargain persistently, especially over the cost of something.

Usage – “the two sides are haggling over television rights”

Synonyms – barter, bargain, negotiate, discuss terms, quibble, wrangle; beat someone down, drive a hard bargain; deal, wheel and deal, trade, traffic; dicker; formaltreat; archaicchaffer, palter.

2. Hustings

Meaning – a meeting at which candidates in an election address potential voters.

Usage – “he could hold his own in an election hustings”

3. Halcyon

Meaning – denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.

Usage – “the halcyon days of the mid 1980s, when profits were soaring”

Synonyms – serene, calm, pleasant, balmy, tranquil, peaceful, temperate, mild, quiet, gentle, placid, still, windless, stormless.

4. Haggard

Meaning – looking exhausted and unwell, especially from fatigue, worry, or suffering

Usage – “she was pale and haggard”

Synonyms – careworn, tired, drained, drawn, raddled; unwell, unhealthy, sickly, spent, sapped, washed out, rundown, exhausted; gaunt, grim, pinched, peaked, peaky, hollow-cheeked, hollow-eyed; pale, wan, grey, ashen, pallid, pasty-faced, sallow; thin, emaciated, wasted, cadaverous, ghastly, ghostlike, deathlike.

5. Ignoble

Meaning – not honourable in character or purpose.

Usage – “ignoble feelings of intense jealousy”

Synonyms – dishonourable, unworthy, base, shameful, contemptible, despicable, shabby, abject, low, sordid, degraded, corrupt, mean, wrong; improper, unprincipled, unchivalrous, uncharitable, discreditable, blameworthy, reprehensible.

6. Imbroglio

Meaning – an extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation.

Usage – “the abdication imbroglio of 1936”

Synonyms – complicated situation, complication, complexity, problem, difficulty, predicament, plight, trouble, entanglement, confusion, muddle, mess, quandary, dilemma; informalbind, jam, pickle, fix, scrape, corner, tight corner, hole, sticky situation, mare’s nest, hot water, deep water.

7. Imbued

Meaning – inspire or permeate with (a feeling or quality).

Usage – “his works are invariably imbued with a sense of calm and serenity”

Synonyms – permeate, saturate, diffuse, suffuse, pervade; impregnate, inject, inculcate, instil, ingrain, inspire, inform; fill, charge, load.

8. Kernel

Meaning – a softer, usually edible part of a nut, seed, or fruit stone contained within its shell.

Usage – “the kernel of a walnut”

Synonyms – seed, grain, heart, core, stone; nut; meat.

9. Knotty

Meaning – full of knots.

Usage – “panelling in knotty pine”

Synonyms – gnarled, knotted, knurled, nodular, knobbly, lumpy, bumpy, rugged, rough, coarse; rarenodulous, nodose.

10. Knell

Meaning – the sound of a bell, especially when rung solemnly for a death or funeral.

Usage – the knell of the ship’s bell

Synonyms – toll, tolling, ringing, chime, clang, dong, peal, stroke, resounding, reverberation, clangour, boom; death knell; archaicknoll, tocsin