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Adverb or adjective: Sotto voce  (sah-toh-VOH-chee) 1. Under the breath; in an undertone; also, in a private manner. 2. Very softly; used as a direction in music. Sample sentence: As her husband headed for the kitchen, our hostess began telling us sotto voce about the upcoming surprise party for him.

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Don’t waste your time with explanations. People only hear what they want to hear.

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Noun: Demesne  (dih-MEYN) Definition: 1. Possession of land as one’s own. 2. An estate or part of an estate occupied and controlled by, and worked for the exclusive use of, the owner. 3. Land belonging to and adjoining a manor house; estate. 4. The dominion or territory of a sovereign or state; domain. 5. A […]

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Some changes look negative on the surface, but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.

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Noun: Solipsism  (SOH-lip-sih-zum) Definition:  A theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and the self is the only existent thing: also, extreme egocentrism. Sample sentence: The actor’s memoirs of the years during which he struggled to break into show business is loaded with so much introspection that it borders on […]

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Friendship isn’t always about who you’ve known the longest. It’s about who walked into your life, said “I’m here for you” and proved it.

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Verb: Expropriate  (ek-SPROH-pree-ayt) Definition: 1. To deprive of possession or proprietary rights. 2. To transfer the property of another to one’s own possession. Sample sentence: The city council rejected a proposal to expropriate private property for the highway expansion.

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The trick to enjoying life is to not waste your days waiting for better ones to come.

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Verb: Wheedle  (WEE-dul) Definition: 1. To influence or entice by soft words or flattery. 2. To gain or get by coaxing or flattering. 3. To use soft words or flattery. Sample sentence: Susie always tried to wheedle the babysitter into letting her stay up an hour past her bedtime.

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Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.

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