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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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Noun: Clowder  (KLOU-der) Definition: A group or cluster of cats. Sample sentence: A clowder of scrawny cats was busy in a heap of fish bones, while a couple of others groomed themselves in the doorways of the alley.

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Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.

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Noun: Threnody  (THREN-uh-dee) Definition: A song of lamentation for the dead: elegy. Sample sentence: Christina wrote the poem as a threnody for her grandmother, who died the previous spring.

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Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

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Adjective: Hallowed  (HAL-ohd) Definition: 1. Holy, consecrated. 2. Sacred, revered. Sample sentence: Those who enter Arlington Cemetery should remember they walk on hallowed ground.

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Life isn’t about building walls and hiding behind them. It’s about breaking them down  and expanding beyond them.

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