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Word of the Day – Feb. 5 – Foliage

Noun: Foliage  (FOH-lee-ij) Definition: 1: A representation of leaves, flowers, and branches for architectural ornamentation. 2: The aggregate of leaves of one or more plants. 3: A cluster of leaves, flowers, and branches. Example sentence: A trip to the local conservatory to view the bright flowers against the verdant foliage was just the thing to […]

Adjective: Abject  (AB-jekt) Definition: 1: Sunk to or existing in a low state or condition. 2: Cast down in spirit: spiritless. Also, showing hopelessness or resignation. 3: Expressing or offered in a humble and often ingratiating spirit. Example sentence: The organization is dedicated to alleviating the suffering of those living in abject poverty.

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Noun: Nonce  (nons) Definition: The present, or immediate, occasion or purpose. Example sentence: I decided it was best to shelve the decision about a new paint color  for the nonce, and turn my focus on the new carpet for the living room, which needed to be done first.

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Noun: Jeremiad  (jair-uh-MYE-ud) Definition: A prolonged lamentation or complaint; also, a cautionary or angry harangue. Example sentence: Mrs. White waggled a finger at us and launched into a doleful jeremiad about how we would come to no good end.

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Adjective: Pugnacious  (puhg-NEY-shuhs) Definition: Inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome: belligerent. Example sentence: Rodney was always the most pugnacious player on the hockey team, and thus, was usually the one who spent the most time in the penalty box.

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Noun: Nimiety  (nih-MY-ih-tee) Definition: Excess, overabundance. Example sentence:  Charlotte had a nimiety of clothes in her closet and decided to donate many of them to a local charity.

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Adjective: Petulant  (PET-chu-lent) Definition: 1: Insolent or rude in speech or behavior. 2: Characterized by temporary or capricious  ill humor. Example sentence: John is a petulant and fussy man who is always blaming everyone else for his problems.  

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Verb: Harry  (HAIR-ee) Definition: 1: To make a pillaging or destructive raid on: assault. 2: To force to move along by harassing. 3: To torment by or as if by constant attack. Example sentence: The young boy was warned not to harry the kitten or he might get clawed.

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Noun: Rapscallion  (rap-SKAL-yun) Definition: Rascal, ne’er do-well. Example sentence: With his shaggy, perpetually unkempt hair and his charmingly crooked smile, the actor seems to have been born to play the part of a scamp or rapscallion.

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Noun: Pundit  (PUN-dit) Definition: 1: A learned person: teacher. 2: A person who gives opinion in an authoritative manner, usually through the mass media: critic. Example sentence: Grandpa liked to watch the morning talk shows to see what liberal or conservative pundit would be on talking about the issues of the day.

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