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Adjective: Frigorific  (frig-uh-RIF-ik) Definition: Causing or producing cold. Sample sentence: When the fog reached the spot where the observer stood, it was found to be devoid of smell, but its influence was decidedly frigorific.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.

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Adjective: Recusant  (REK-yuh-zunt) Definition: Refusing to submit to authority. Sample sentence: Elizabeth’s recusant streak was apparent even in elementary school, where she would frequently challenge the rules put forth by her teachers.

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Noun: Bovarism  (BOH-vuh-riz-uhm) Definition: An exaggerated, especially glamorized, estimate of oneself; conceit. Sample sentence: The movie star’s bovarism prevented her from having any friends other than those who were much like herself.

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There is no traffic on the extra mile. Lock on your seat belt and get out of your comfort zone.

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Adjective: Pelagic  (puh-LAJ-ik) Definition: Of, relating to, or living or occurring in the open sea; oceanic. Sample sentence: Joan is studying to become a marine biologist specializing in pelagic plant life.

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Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.”

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Verb: Shrive  (SHRYVE) Definition: 1. To administer the sacrament of reconciliation to. 2. To free from guilt. Sample sentence: Every month, Jose would leave his small farm in the country to go the the big cathedral to give his confession and do his penance, so the priest could shrive him.

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Talk to yourself once a day. Otherwise you might miss meeting an excellent person in this world.

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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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