How is the word ‘infructuous’ pronounced?

The first syllable is pronounced like the word ‘in’, and the second rhymes with ‘truck’. The following ‘tu’ is like the ‘tu’ in ‘Tuesday’, and the final ‘ous’ is like the ‘ous’ in ‘gorgeous’, ‘stupendous’, and ‘fabulous’. The stress is on the second syllable ‘fruc’.

‘Infructuous’ means ‘unprofitable’ or ‘ineffective’.

*Harish made an infructuous appeal to the union members to call off the strike.

Newspapers in India use this word frequently. Native speakers of English, however, seldom use it; in fact, not all dictionaries list it.

 Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – September 25, 2007 

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