hinder (verb): to make a process slow or difficult; to hold something back


My inability to communicate in French hindered my interaction with locals during my trip to France.

Don’t let fear hinder your dreams!

equivocate (intransitive verb): to use vague or unclear language in order to deceive or mislead someone


1. Analysts accused the president of using equivocation when he was asked tough questions regarding foreign policy.

2. Don’t equivocate or make excuses when you turn in an assignment after the deadline.

debunk (transitive verb): to show that something is not true; to prove something is false


1. The show MythBusters tries to debunk theories that have no scientific basis.

2. The witness debunked the defendant’s story and opened the jury’s eyes to the truth of the situation.

bourgeois (adjective): of or relating to the middle class of society; also could describe someone who is overly concerned with wealth, possessions, and respectable behavior


In his work The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx addressed the tensions between the bourgeois class, (middle-class and affluent members of society) and the proletariat class (working-class members of society).

Jane’s friends teased her for being so bourgeois when she showed up to the party wearing expensive jewelry and furs.

acrid (adjective): violently unpleasant in taste or smell


1. His least favorite thing about living in the city was the acrid smell of car exhaust fumes filling the air.

2. She left her bread in the toaster for too long, and the black, burned edges left an acrid taste in her mouth.