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Hard Spelling Bee Words
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Hard spelling bee words are challenging -- and FUN -- to learn! We have lots on our website. Start with this list of 25 words and meanings, then check out the links at the bottom of the page to find more. 

25 Hard Spelling Bee Words & Meanings

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1. questionnaire - noun: a list of questions; survey

2. unconscious - adjective: not conscious; without awareness

3. precocious - adjective: unusually mature, especially in mental development

4. liaison - noun: a person who maintains a connection between people or groups

5. surveillance - noun: continuous observation of a person, place, or activity in order to gather information

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6. chrysanthemum - noun: a widely cultivated plant with brightly-colored showy flower heads

7. idiosyncrasy - noun: a tendency, habit or mannerism that is peculiar to an individual; a quirk

8. chauffeur - noun: a person hired to drive a private automobile or limousine

9. onomatopoeia - noun: the formation of a word by imitation of a sound of the noise or action described, such as hiss, honk, or meow.

10. conscientious- adjective: careful, particular, taking great care


11. demitasse -  noun: small coffee cup

12. vengeance - noun: punishment inflicted for a wrong done to oneself or another person; revenge

13. prospicience - noun: the act of looking forward; foresight

14. acquiesce - verb: to accept as inevitable; to comply passively

15. malfeasance -  noun: conduct by a public official that violates the public trust or is against  the law

16. irascible adjective: irritable, quick-tempered

17. antediluvian - adjective: 1. of or relating to the period before the Biblical flood  2. old-fashioned; antiquated

18. foudroyant - adjective: sudden and overwhelming; stunning

19. eudemonic - adjective: pertaining to conducive to happiness

20. logorrhea - noun: excessive and often incoherent talkativeness


21. pterodactyl - noun: any of various extinct flying reptiles, having no feathers

22. stichomythia - noun: dialogue, especially a dispute, delivered in alternating lines

23. feuilleton - noun: part of a European newspaper or magazine with content designed to entertain the reader

25. milquetoast  - noun: a timid, unassertive, or apologetic person

25. chrematistic - adjective: of or relating to making money

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