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Adjective: Sprightly  (SPRYTE-lee) Definition: 1. Marked by a cheerful lightness and vivacity (as of movement or manner): spirited. 2. Having a distinctively piquant taste. Sample sentence: Uncle Jack, a sprightly man in his early 80’s, was an avid storyteller, and we all listened with rapt attention as he regaled us with his newest tale.

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Noun: Compunction  (kum-PUNK-shun) Definition: 1. Anxiety arising from awareness of guilt. 2. Distress of mind over an anticipated action or result. 3. A twinge of misgiving: scruple. Sample sentence: A dilgent editor, Michelle feels no compunction about deleting words and phrases from even the most beautifully written paragraph for the sake of space or clarity.

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Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come.

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Noun: Thanatology  (than-uh-TAH-luh-jee) Definition: The description or study of the phenomena of death and of the psychological mechanisms for coping with them. Sample sentence: A good text on thanatology is Elizabeth Kulber-Ross’s  “On Death and Dying” which outlines the five stages of grief.

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Good things come to those who wait. Better things come to those who don’t give up. The best things come to those who just believe.

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Adjective: Chatoyant  (shuh-TOY-unt) Definition: Having a changeable luster or color with an undulating narrow band of white light. Sample sentence: One of my favorite chatoyant gemstones is the star sapphire.

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Everyone makes mistakes in their life, but it doesn’t mean they have to pay for them the rest of their life. Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn’t make them bad, it makes them human.

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Noun: Rationale  (rash-uh-NAL) Definition: 1. An explanation of controlling principles of opinion, belief, practice, or phenomena. 2. An underlying reason: basis. Sample sentence: The newspaper’s editorial reflected the concerns of many who questioned the rationale behind the mayor’s decision.               Nou

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If someone shows you their true colors, don’t try to repaint them.

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Adjective: Captious  (KAP-shuss) Definition: 1. Marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections. 2. Calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument. Sample sentence: Befuddled by the captious question, the suspect broke down and confessed to the crime.  

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