French Difficult Vocab

  1. enfoncer (4)
    to ram, drive in, hammer in, sink in
  2. tort
    wrong
  3. une attente
    the wait
  4. enfin (2)
    at last, finally
  5. près (3)
    near, nearby, close by
  6. le lieu (2)
    the location; place
  7. la tenue (2)
    dress, outfit
  8. puis (2)
    then, so
  9. le malin (3)
    smart, shrewd, cunning
  10. la rentrée (4)
    reopening, return, start, back to school
  11. afin (2)
    in order to, so that
  12. forcément (2)
    without question, inevitably
  13. réfléchi (2)
    thoughtful, well thought out
  14. la tentative
    the attempt
  15. traite (5)
    trade, draft, stretch, treaty, milking
  16. une amende
    fine (payment)
  17. la faille
    fault
  18. accéder (3)
    to access, reach, attain
  19. la poussée (3)
    push, rise, upsurge
  20. la retenue (3)
    deduction; restraint, self-control
  21. échouer
    to fail
  22. la proie (2)
    prey, decoy
  23. supprimer (2)
    to remove, withdraw_
  24. subit (2)
    sudden, snap
  25. le malaise (2)
    uneasiness, discomfort
  26. le sursis (3)
    reprieve, deferment, extension
  27. defiler (3)
    to unthread, scroll, parade
  28. une etendue (5)
    area, expanse, duration, extent, range
  29. la pente
    slope
  30. constater (4)
    to note, notice; to establish, certify
  31. inattendu
    unexpected
  32. la derive
    drift
  33. une ampleur (3)
    extent, scope, range
  34. le récit (2)
    account, narrative
  35. le schema (2)
    diagram, outline
  36. reconduire (5)
    to renew, drive back, escort, show out, see out
  37. un habitant
    inhabitant
  38. une échéance (3)
    expiration date, date of payment, deadline
  39. d’ailleurs (3)
    moreover, besides, for that matter
  40. renier (3)
    to disown, repudiate, go back on
  41. efforcer (2)
    to endeavor; strive
  42. la retombée (3)
    fallout, consequences, effects
  43. pourvoir (4)
    to provide, equip, supply, furnish
  44. redouter (2)
    to dread, fear
  45. foncier (3)
    land-related, land, fundamental
  46. convenir (3)
    to agree, accept, be suitable
  47. déceler (2)
    to discover, detect
  48. atténuer (7)
    to lessen, diminish, dim, subdue, reduce, mitigate, soften
  49. le conjoint (2)
    spouse, joint
  50. redoutable (3)
    fearsome, formidable, dreadful
  51. filial (2)
    filial; branch office
  52. un essor (4)
    expansion, boom, development, flight
  53. la circonscription (2)
    district, constituency
  54. prélever (4)
    to impose, levy, withdraw, remove
  55. soucieux (2)
    concerned, worried
  56. la prestation (3)
    benefit, performance, delivery
  57. décerner (3)
    to award, give, issue
  58. une imposition
    taxation
  59. empresser (3)
    to hasten, bustle about, hasten to do
  60. le patrimoine (2)
    heritage, assets
  61. la consigne (3)
    deposit, orders, detention
  62. répartir (4)
    to distribute, spread out, share out, divide up
  63. agréer (3)
    to accept, approve of, accredit
  64. figer (4)
    to clot, coagulate, congeal, set
  65. croître (2)
    to grow, increase
  66. voire (jamais) (3)
    if ever; even; indeed
  67. le domicile (2)
    home, place of residence
  68. (le) préalable (4)
    prior, previous, preliminary, prerequisite
  69. le carnet (2)
    notebook, notepad
  70. dissimuler (2)
    to conceal, hide
  71. le report (2)
    postponement, deferment
  72. détourner
    to redirect
  73. la polémique (2)
    controversial, controversy
  74. effectuer (2)
    to carry out, undergo
  75. alleger (2)
    to lighten, alleviate
  76. le dégât
    damage
  77. la retenue (3)
    deduction; restraint, self-control
  78. échéant
    if need be
  79. élevé (3)
    high, heavy, tall
  80. le démarrage (2)
    start-up (business), moving off
  81. la pretention
    claim
  82. rédiger (2)
    to write, draw up
  83. guérir (3)
    to cure, heal, get better
  84. le carburant (2)
    fuel, gas
  85. assez
    enough
  86. partout
    everywhere
  87. le spectacle (2)
    the sight, the show
  88. une occasion (2)
    chance, opportunity
  89. la venue (3)
    coming, come, arrival
  90. censé
    supposed
  91. étouffer (3)
    to suffocate, smother, muffle
  92. (le) devant (2)
    in front of, ahead
  93. préconiser (2)
    to recommend, advocate
  94. le dossier (3)
    file, record; case
  95. le people
    the people
  96. parmi
    among
  97. une entrée
    entrance
  98. mener
    to lead
  99. se (5)
    oneself, himself, herself, itself, themselves
  100. accuse
    defendant
  101. le défi (2)
    challenge, dare
  102. le comte
    the count
  103. un écart (2)
    space, gap
  104. le trajet (4)
    journey, route; traject, trip
  105. franchir (4)
    to get over, cross, pass, clear
  106. un engine (5)
    machine, tool, vehicle, device, contraption
  107. le gré
    liking
  108. tenant (3)
    tenant; incumbent, holder
  109. un atout (2)
    trump, asset
  110. contrarier (3)
    to annoy, bother, thwart
  111. tailler (5)
    to cut, carve, engrave, sharpen, trim
  112. au-delà
    beyond
  113. mépriser (4)
    to scorn, look down, spurn, disdain
  114. peiner (3)
    to toil, labor, struggle
  115. énoncer (3)
    to state, set out, express
  116. énoncer (3)
    to state, set out, express
  117. la pénurie
    shortage
  118. souhaitable
    desirable
  119. la lacune (2)
    gap, deficiency
  120. ancrer
    to anchor
  121. parer (4)
    to adorn, put on; to ward off, parry
  122. imputer (2)
    to impute to, attribute to
  123. porter (2)
    to wear, carry
  124. veiller (2)
    to look after, stay up
  125. souhaitable
    desirable
  126. apprêter (3)
    to prepare, get ready, dress
  127. recouvrir (3)
    to cover, hide, conceal
  128. autant (2)
    as much, as many
  129. le procès (2)
    trial, proceedings
  130. celui (4)
    that, the one, he, him
  131. ainsi
    thus
  132. durant (2)
    during, for
  133. enlever
    to remove
  134. la queue (4)
    tail, handle, stalk, stem, rear
  135. puisque
    since
  136. formidable (4)
    tremendous, considerable, terrific, great
  137. poursuivre
    to pursue
  138. le fauteuil (2)
    armchair, seat
  139. sensible
    sensitive
  140. une assise (2)
    basis, foundation
  141. un acier
    steel
  142. centrale (2)
    power station, central office
  143. familier  (2)
    familiar, informal
  144. le puits  (3)
    well, shaft, pit
  145. effrayer (2)
    to frighten, scare
  146. le croisé (4)
    twill; alternate; crusader; crossed
  147. le fardeau
    burden
  148. le complot (2)
    plot, conspiracy
  149. la vedette (2)
    star, patrol boat
  150. repousser (2)
    to push away, postpone
  151. aussitôt
    as soon as
  152. la faillite (3)
    bankruptcy, collapse, failure
  153. le troupeau (2)
    herd, flock
  154. le sou
    penny
  155. un hôte (2)
    host, guest
  156. épouvantable (3)
    terrible, appalling, dreadful
  157. le retrait
    the withdrawal
  158. familial
    family
  159. parvenir (2)
    to reach, achieve
  160. (le) relevé (6)
    statement, list; transcript; relieved; put in relief; rolled up
  161. creux (3)
    hollow, empty, hole
  162. semblable
    similar
  163. prétendu  (2)
    so-called, alleged
  164. achiever (3)
    to complete, finish, end
  165. écarter (3)
    to separate, move apart, keep away
  166. courbe (2)
    curve, curved
  167. le mépris (3)
    contempt, scorn, disdain
  168. secouer
    to shake
  169. le resistant (3)
    robust, sturdy, resistance fighter
  170. delà (3)
    beyond, above, over
  171. un éloge
    praise
  172. instituteur
    school teacher
  173. ficher (4)
    to file; to make fun of, not care, not give a damn
  174. la devise (3)
    currency, motto, slogan
  175. dérouler (3)
    qto unwind, enroll, unroll
  176. reliance (3)
    boost, reminder, recovery
  177. le palier (3)
    landing, level, flat
  178. là-dessus  (2)
    on top, above it
  179. le volet (2)
    shutter, flap
  180. faillir (3)
    to have almost, fail, fail to
  181. démentir (3)
    to deny, refute, contradict
  182. entre-temps (2)
    meanwhile, in the meantime
  183. la charte (2)
    charter, convention
  184. néfaste (2)
    harmful, ill-fated
  185. acheminer (3)
    to forward, dispatch, transport
  186. un arbitrage (3)
    refereeing, umpiring, arbitration
  187. occasionner (2)
    to cause, give rise to
  188. doter (2)
    to endow, provide
  189. performant (2)
    productive, efficient
  190. restituer (3)
    to return, restore, refund
  191. conciliar
    to reconcile
  192. homologue
    counterpart
  193. la cotisation (3)
    subscription; contribution; membership fee
  194. renfermer (4)
    to contain, shut, lock, enclose
  195. renfermer (4)
    to contain, shut, lock, enclose
  196. un abonné (2)
    subscribed, subscriber
  197. allégement (3)
    lightening, unweighting, reduction
  198. voiler (4)
    to veil, hide, obscure, mask
  199. ballot, poll
    le scrutiny
  200. une affectation (4)
    appointment, allocation; show, pretence
  201. sensiblement (3)
    approximately, more or less, noticeably
  202. antérieur (3)
    previous, earlier, front
  203. subir (3)
    to undergo, be subjected to, suffer
  204. (le) consequent (3)
    logical, rational, consistent
  205. concerter (2)
    to devise, consult
  206. le logiciel (3)
    software, program, application
  207. arracher (2)
    to pull up, tear up_
  208. flou (3)
    blurred, fuzzy, vague
  209. le sillage (4)
    wake, wash, slipstream, slip
  210. un apport (2)
    supply, contribution
  211. préciser (3)
    to state, specify, clarify
  212. un affrontement (2)
    clash, confrontation
  213. fiable (2)
    reliable, trustworthy
  214. néanmoins (4)
    nevertheless, however, yet, withal
  215. procès-verbal (2)
    minutes, statement
  216. le conte
    tale
  217. le barrage (4)
    barrier, obstruction, dam, roadblock
  218. lèvre
    lip
  219. (la) réciproque (3)
    mutual, reciprocal, the opposite
  220. provenir (3)
    to be from, come from, arise from
  221. réputé  (2)
    famous, renowned
  222. un exclu, une exclu
    outcast
  223. nullement (2)
    not in the least, not at all
  224. valable
    valid
  225. escompter (2)
    to discount; to expect
  226. une émeute
    riot, rioting
  227. la trame (3)
    weft, framework; tram
  228. le terrien (3)
    earthling; landowner, countryman
  229. soucier (2)
    to care about, show concern for
  230. guetter (2)
    to watch over, watch out for
  231. le concours (2)
    entrance exam, competition
  232. sévir (3)
    to act ruthlessly, be rife, crack down
  233. emmerder (2)
    to bug, bother
  234. inonder
    to flood
  235. le parquet (3)
    parquet floor, hardwood floor, prosecutor’s office
  236. la concertation (2)
    meeting, consultation
  237. la localité (2)
    town, village
  238. terrestre (2)
    land, earth
  239. octroyer (2)
    to grant, bestow
  240. inédit (3)
    unpublished; original, new
  241. miser (2)
    to bet, stake
  242. le rendement (2)
    yield, output
  243. prochainement (2)
    shortly, soon
  244. écouler (3)
    to sell, run off, flow out
  245. éveiller (3)
    to arouse, stimulate, awaken
  246. (le) prometteur
    promising
  247. longuement
    at length
  248. la crête (3)
    crest, top, ridge
  249. combler (3)
    to fill, fill in, fulfill
  250. le routier (2)
    road, long-haul driver
  251. remporter (2)
    to take away, win
  252. inquiétant (2)
    worrying, disturbing
  253. le fléau (2)
    scourge, plague
  254. contourner (2)
    to bypass, go round
  255. le porteur (2)
    carrier, holder
  256. le repère (3)
    reference, benchmark, landmark
  257. le photographe, la photographe
    photographer (2)
  258. buter (5)
    to stumble, trip, run into, prop up, score
  259. grossier (5)
    unrefined, crude, coarse, rude, rough
  260. le ressort (2)
    spring; spirit
  261. le bétail
    livestock, cattle
  262. un échantillon
    sample
  263. le panier
    basket
  264. le foie
    liver
  265. emporter (2)
    to take, remove (an object)
  266. traîner (2)
    to drag; to hang out
  267. le boule, la boule
    ball
  268. désormais (3)
    now, from now on, henceforth
  269. le pis
    worse
  270. remettre (5)
    to put back; deliver, replace, set, put
  271. le semblant (2)
    semblance, pretence
  272. le bonheur
    happiness
  273. apte
    capable
  274. (le) mieux
    better
  275. ramener (3)
    to bring back, return, take back
  276. le chantier (2)
    construction site, roadworks
  277. le comble (5)
    despair; summit, overmeasure; roof; height
  278. la récompense (2)
    reward, award
  279. lasser (3)
    to tire, weary, grow weary
  280. bousculer (2)
    to knock over, knock into
  281. un encadrement (3)
    training, framing, supervision
  282. desservir (4)
    to clear, go against, harm, serve
  283. le gestionnaire, la gestionnaire (2)
    administrator, administrative
  284. par-dessus
    over
  285. ébranler (4)
    to shake, rattle, undermine, weaken
  286. entamer
    to start
  287. aisé (3)
    easy, well off, well-to-do
  288. tardif
    late
  289. puiser (2)
    to draw, take
  290. la contestation (3)
    questioning, protest, dispute
  291. amorcer (4)
    to bait, prime, begin, initiate
  292. cerner (5)
    to surround, encircle, delimit, identify, invest
  293. déboucher (2)
    to unblock, uncork
  294. d’abord
    first of all
  295. basculer (3)
    to topple, fall over, knock off
  296. le tirage (4)
    drawing, circulation, run, print
  297. brouiller (3)
    to mix-up, confuse, scramble
  298. le brouillard (3)
    fog, mist, haze
  299. débrouiller (4)
    to untangle, sort out, manage, get by
  300. le licenciement (2)
    dismissal, sacking
  301. écrouler (3)
    to collapse, tumble, fall
  302. hormis (2)
    save, but
  303. balayer (5)
    to sweep up, sweep out, sweep, rake, broom
  304. encontre (2)
    contrary to, against
  305. relier (3)
    to connect, link, join
  306. la provenance (2)
    origin, strange
  307. récolter (2)
    to harvest, gather
  308. un émetteur (2)
    transmitter, issuer
  309. insupportable (2)
    intolerable, unbearable
  310. (en) outre
    besides
  311. un emplacement (2)
    site, location
  312. plaisanter
    to joke
  313. saisir (2)
    to seize, to grab
  314. une ordonnance (4)
    prescription, organisation, edict, ruling
  315. une angoisse (4)
    distress, anguish, dread, fear
  316. la marge
    margin
  317. la moyenne
    average
  318. la prime (3)
    free gift, premium, bonus
  319. détendre (2)
    to release, to relax
  320. fouiller (4)
    to search, frisk, go through, rummage through
  321. filer (5)
    slip by, spin, fly by, pass by, get out
  322. autrefois (2)
    in the past; once
  323. taire
    to keep quiet
  324. la chair
    flesh
  325. la retraite (2)
    retirement, pension
  326. régler (3)
    to adjust, settle, pay
  327. leur (3)
    them, their, theirs
  328. le changement
    change
  329. le fabricant, la fabricant
    manufacturer
  330. tantôt (2)
    this afternoon, sometimes
  331. le souhait
    wish
  332. le détenteur (3)
    holder, possessor, bearer
  333. ôter (4)
    to remove, take away, take off, take out
  334. gêner (6)
    to bother, trouble, hinder, block, embarrass, hamper
  335. aimable (3)
    pleasant, kind, nice
  336. reconnaissant
    grateful
  337. dorénavant (2)
    from now on, henceforth
  338. soi (3)
    one, oneself, self
  339. le genie.
    genius
  340. le versant (2)
    hillside, mountainside
  341. dissiper (3)
    to dispel, disperse, clear away
  342. enfuir (2)
    to run away, flee
  343. tromper
    to deceive
  344. sonder (3)
    to probe, poll, sound out
  345. la coulisse (3)
    backstage, wings, behind the scenes
  346. la retombée (3)
    fallout, consequences, effects
  347. ferroviaire (2)
    railway, rail
  348. hisser (2)
    to hoist, raise up
  349. un aménagement (4)
    development, planning, fitting, adjustment
  350. la subvention
    subsidy
  351. prôner (4)
    to laud, extol, advocate, commend
  352. état-major (2)
    staff, staff headquarters
  353. assurément
    most certainly
  354. propice (2)
    favorable, auspicious
  355. troublant (2)
    disturbing, unsettling
  356. épuiser (4)
    to exhaust, tire out, wear out, use up
  357. le sonore (4)
    sound, resonant, sonorous, voiced
  358. le bilan (2)
    balance sheet, outcome
  359. une atteinte (3)
    reach; attack, blow
  360. la pâte (3)
    paste, dough, pasta
  361. dresser (3)
    to draw up, put up, raise
  362. un aire, une aire (2)
    surface, area
  363. nuire (3)
    to harm, damage, hurt
  364. la grandeur (2)
    size, greatness
  365. la demarche (2)
    walk, process
  366. avertir
    to warn
  367. guère (2)
    hardly, scarcely
  368. relever (3)
    to raise, pick up, lift up
  369. le congé (4)
    holiday, time off, day off, notice
  370. fournir (2)
    to provide, supply
  371. this
    ceci
  372. la plaie
    wound
  373. le filet (7)
    dribble, trickle, wisp, streak, thread, fillet, net
  374. noyer (5)
    walnut; to drown, flood, blur, water down
  375. le fichier
    file
  376. décevoir
    to disappoint
  377. un immobilier (4)
    property, real estate, property business, real estate business
  378. la foire
    the fair
  379. le confrère; le collègue, la collègue
    colleague (2)
  380. inculper
    to charge
  381. le couvert (5)
    covered, overcast; place, seat, cutlery
  382. une épreuve (3)
    test, ordeal, trial
  383. le bond (2)
    leap, rebound
  384. la remise (3)
    discount, presentation, delivery
  385. le salaud
    bastard
  386. engendrer (3)
    to father, breed, generate
  387. la tribune (4)
    platform, forum, gallery, grandstand
  388. le curé
    parish priest
  389. inhabituel
    unusual
  390. hurler (2)
    to scream, yell
  391. erroné
    erroneous
  392. la marée
    tide
  393. la cote (3)
    rating, share index, quoted value
  394. volontiers (3)
    with pleasure, willingly, gladly
  395. un envoi (6)
    sending, dispatching; shipment, send, dispatch, send-off
  396. la foudre
    lightning
  397. le patron
    boss
  398. la campagne, le paysage
    countryside (2)
  399. le souffle (2)
    breath, puff
  400. content (3)
    glad, pleased, happy
  401. solidaire (3)
    interdependent, jointly dependent, united
  402. porte-parole (3)
    spokesperson, spokes-woman, spokesman
  403. le dépit (3)
    despite, spite, heartache
  404. une approbation
    approval
  405. agrandir (3)
    to enlarge, extend, widen
  406. le stage (2)
    internship, training course
  407. la location * (2)
    rental, renting
  408. (un) arrière (2)
    back, rear
  409. bouleverser (4)
    to upset, distress, disturb, turn upside down
  410. autrement (3)
    differently, something else, otherwise
  411. éventuellement
    possibly
  412. d’autant (2)
    especially, since
  413. une affaire
    business, matter
  414. livrer
    to deliver
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French Difficult Vocab
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