Difficult words starting with H

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  1. homily
    a sermon on a moral or religious topic
  2. hypochondriac
    a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments
  3. hinterland
    a remote and undeveloped area
  4. hegemony
    the dominance or leadership of one social group over others
  5. homeostasis
    metabolic equilibrium maintained by biological mechanisms
  6. haggard
    showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
  7. hieroglyphic
    a writing system using picture symbols
  8. hireling
    a person who works only for money
  9. hale
    exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
  10. hem
    the edge of a piece of cloth
  11. hubbub
    loud confused noise from many sources
  12. hubris
    overbearing pride or presumption
  13. hyperbole
    extravagant exaggeration
  14. hurl
    throw forcefully
  15. hermitage
    the abode of a recluse
  16. hothead
    a reckless, impetuous, irresponsible person
  17. herald
    a person who announces important news
  18. hoary
    having gray or white hair as with age
  19. hypocritical
    professing feelings or virtues one does not have
  20. headfirst
    with the head foremost
  21. horde
    a vast multitude
  22. hummock
    a small natural hill
  23. halcyon
    a mythical bird said to breed at the winter solstice
  24. hapless
    unfortunate and deserving pity
  25. hallowed
    worthy of religious veneration
  26. hirsute
    having or covered with hair
  27. holocaust
    an act of mass destruction and loss of life
  28. hull
    dry outer covering of a fruit or seed or nut
  29. harbor
    a place of refuge and comfort and security
  30. hedonist
    someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures
  31. hue
    the quality of a color determined by its dominant wavelength
  32. hurtle
    move with or as if with a rushing sound
  33. heterodox
    characterized by departure from accepted standards
  34. holster
    a sheath for carrying a handgun
  35. hindsight
    understanding the nature of an event after it has happened
  36. harrowing
    causing extreme distress
  37. harry
    make a pillaging or destructive raid on, as in wartimes
  38. haven
    a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
  39. humdrum
    tediously repetitious or lacking in variety
  40. headlong
    in a hasty and foolhardy manner
  41. humane
    marked by concern with the alleviation of suffering
  42. hew
    make or shape as with an axe
  43. homespun
    made of cloth woven in one's household
  44. hackneyed
    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  45. hilarity
    great merriment
  46. heyday
    the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
  47. hermetic
    completely sealed or airtight
  48. heckler
    someone who tries to embarrass you with gibes and objections
  49. hindmost
    located farthest to the rear
  50. hiatus
    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  51. herpetologist
    a scientist who studies reptiles and amphibians
  52. heresy
    a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
  53. hardy
    having rugged physical strength
  54. haggle
    an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)
  55. hearsay
    gossip passed around by word of mouth
  56. headstrong
    habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
  57. hoard
    a secret store of valuables or money
  58. heinous
    extremely wicked, deeply criminal
  59. histrionic
    characteristic of acting or a stage performance
  60. helm
    steering mechanism for a vessel
  61. harbinger
    something indicating the approach of something or someone
  62. harangue
    a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
  63. hoax
    something intended to deceive
  64. hoodwink
    conceal one's true motives from
  65. hortatory
    giving strong encouragement
  66. hackles
    a feeling of anger and animosity
  67. hovel
    small crude shelter used as a dwelling

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