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Noun: Meliorism  (MEE-lee-uh-riz-um) Definition: The belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment. Sample sentence: The author’s meliorism is evident in such statements as, “I believe that peace is inevitable.”

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Others can stop you temporarily. You are the only one who can do it permanently.

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Noun: Weal  (WEEL) Definition: A sound, healthy, or prosperous state: well-being. Sample sentence: The president spoke of devotion to the common weal and the hope of creating a better country.

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A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.

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Adjective: Officious  (uh-FISH-us) Definition: 1. Volunteering one’s services where they are neither asked nor needed: meddlesome. 2. Informal, unofficial. Sample sentence: Staff members view the new consultant as an officious individual offering unwanted feedback, but she is simply doing her job.

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If you never chase what you want, you will never get it. If you never ask, the answer is always no. If you never step forward, you will always be in the same place.

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Noun: Leitmotif  (LYTE-moh-teef) Definition: 1. A melodic phrase or figure that accompanies the reappearance of an idea, person or situation in a music drama. 2. A dominant recurring theme. Sample sentence: The overcoming of obstacles is the leitmotif of Anna’s autobiography.

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Not all the time a joke is intended to make you laugh. Sometimes it is intended to make you think.

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Adjective: Rife  (RYFE) Definition: 1. Prevalent especially to an increasing degree. 2. Abundant, common. 3. Copiously supplied: abounding. Sample sentence: After the newspaper’s managing editor was fired,  speculation was rife about who would replace him.

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Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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