50 most difficult words to spell

50 MOST DIFFICULT WORDS TO SPELL

What are the top 50 hardest words to spell?

So, isn’t this a fun thing to think about? What makes a word in English difficult to spell? Most words are difficult to spell because they arrived in our English vocabularies from a language very much different from our own, like the Afrikaans, Sanskrit, Welsh, etc. also, they can be difficult because most word pronunciation don’t obviate their spelling. It can also be difficult because the word or phrase has one, or two, or three silent letters. Maybe you will find useful having this list in pdf or using it with our training application.

Most Difficult words – Part one

12011: CymotrichousAn adjective: Meaning — Having wavy hair. Spelled by Sukanya Roy.
2 2009: LaodicianAn adjective: Meaning — Indifferent or lukewarm in religion or politics. Spelled by Kavya Shivashankar.
32004: AutochthonousAn adjective: Meaning— Originating or formed in the place where found, native. Spelled by David Tidmarsh.
4 2002: ProspicienceA noun: Meaning — Foresight, the act of looking forward. Spelled by Pratyush Buddiga.
5 1999: LogorrheaAn adjective: Meaning — A state of excessive and often incoherent wordiness or talkativeness. Spelled by Nupur Lala.
6 1997: EuonymA noun: Meaning — A name well suited to a place, person or thing Named. Spelled by Rebecca Sealfon.
71996:   VivisepultureA noun: Meaning — The practice or act of burying alive. Spelled by Wendy Guey.
8 1986:  OdontalgiaA noun: Meaning — Toothache. Spelled by Jon Pennington.
9 1980:  ElucubrateA verb: Meaning — Compose or write by working studiously at night. Spelled by Jacques Bailly.
101961: SmaragdineAn adjective: Meaning — Having the color of emeralds, of or relating to emeralds. Spelled by John Capehart. 
11 1960: EudaemonicAn adjective: Meaning — Producing happiness. Spelledby Henry Feldman. 

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A word can be difficult to spell because it has a unique double letter, such as kk or aa or ii, etc.
So, in other to pick a list of “the 50 hardest words,” we started with a long list of some very difficult words and we threw-out words that had same elements of difficulty.

We continued to review and cull words until we’ve selected what we perceive to be a list of the hardest and most difficult words to spell. However, if these are not the most difficult words to spell, they are, nevertheless a very difficult list of 50 words.

This list of 50 difficult words features many words with confusion about doubling consonants when word endings are added.

So, don’t cry out in frustration over these words! Instead, try to improve and learn more about spelling these words correctly. Let’s see how many you’re able to recognize.
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Most Difficult words – Part two

1 Antediluvian (an-ti-də-ˈlü-vē-ən)Relating to the period before the flood as described in the Bible.View
2 Xanthosis (zān-thō’sĭs)A yellowish dis-coloration of degenerating tissues.View
3 Chiaroscurist (kē-ˌär-ə-ˈskyu̇r-ist)An artist specializing in chiaroscuro.View
4 Succedaneum (sək-sə-ˈdā-nē-əm)A substituteView
5 Pococurante (pō-kō-kyu̇-ˈran-tē)Indifferent, nonchalant.View
6 Appoggiatura (ə-ˌpä-jə-ˈtu̇r-ə)A tone preceding an essential melodic note.View
7 Ursprache (oor-shprah-khuh)A hypothetically reconstructed parent-language, as Proto Germanic.View
8 QuestionnaireA noun: Meaning – a list of questions; survey.View
9 Unconscious An adjective: Meaning – without awareness; not conscious.View
10 PrecociousAn adjective: Meaning – unusually mature, most especially in mental development.View
11 Liaison A noun: Meaning – a person who maintains connections between people or groups.View
12 Surveillance A noun: Meaning – continuous observation of a place, person or activity in order to gather information.View
13 ChrysanthemumA noun: Meaning – a widely-cultivated plant with brightly colored flower heads.View
14 IdiosyncrasyA noun: Meaning – a mannerism or habit peculiar to an individual.View
15 ChauffeurA noun: Meaning – a person hired to drive a private automobile.View
16 OnomatopoeiaA noun: Meaning – the formation of words by imitating a sound of action or noise described such as, honk, or meow.View
17 ConscientiousAn adjective: Means – careful, particular, taking great care.View
18 Demitasse A noun: Meaning – small coffee cup.View
19 VengeanceA noun: Meaning – punishment inflicted for wrong done.View
20 AcquiesceA verb: Meaning – to accept as inevitable; to comply passively.View
21 MalfeasanceA noun: Meaning – conduct by a public-official which violates public trust or is against the law.View

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Most Difficult words – Part three

1 Irascible An adjective: Meaning – irritable, quick-tempered.View
2 Foudroyant  An adjective: Meaning – stunning; sudden and overwhelming.View
3 Pterodactyl A noun: Meaning – extinct flying reptiles, having no feathers.View
4 Stichomythia A noun: Meaning – dialogue, especially a dispute, addressed in alternating lines.View
5 Feuilleton A noun: Meaning – part of a European magazine or newspaper with content designed to entertain the reader.View
6 Milquetoast A noun: Meaning – an unassertive, timid, or apologetic person.View
7 Chrematistic An adjective: Meaning – of or relating to making money.View
8 Sacrilegious An adjective: Meaning – committing excessive irreverence towards a hallowed place, thing, or thingView
9 Semaphore A noun: Meaning – system of sending signals by using two flags that are hand-held.View
10 Transept A noun: Meaning – the short area that trans-versing the long-side of a church and giving the church the shape of a cross when viewed from above.View
11 Psoriasis A noun: Meaning – a chronic skin-disease characterized by circumscribed red-patches covered with white scales.View
12 Stromuhr A noun: Meaning – a rheometer designed to measure the speed of the blood-flow through an artery.View
13 Scherenschnitte A noun: Meaning – the art of cutting paper into a decorative design.View
14 CourtoisieCourtliness, the code of courtly loveView
15 WeltanschauungA particular philosophy or view of life; the world view of an individual or group.View
16 ZwetschenwasserA colorless plum brandy with a bitter almond taste.View
17MlechchhaPeople of foreign extraction in ancient India. A Sanskrit term, mlechchha was used by the Vedic peoples much as the ancient Greeks used barbaros, originally to indicate the uncouth and incomprehensible speech of foreigners and then extended to their unfamiliar behaviour.View
18Kierkegaardian Relating to or characteristic of the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard or his works.View
19CnemidocoptesA genus of microscopic burrowing sarcoptid mites that infects fowl and caged birds.View
20PfeffernussA small, usually ball-shaped cookie flavored with cinnamon, allspice, anise, etc. and with black pepperView
21YtterbiumA rare element of the boron group, sometimes associated with yttrium or other related elements, as in euxenite and gadolinite. Symbol Yb; provisional atomic weight 173.2. Cf. Yttrium.View
22Taaffeite A type of mauve gemstone with a hexagonal crystal structure.View
22 Psittaceous Of or pertaining to the parrots, or the Psittaci.View

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