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Word of the Day – Nov. 28 – Frigorific

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.

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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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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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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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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Noun: Weal  (WEEL) Definition: A sound, healthy, or prosperous state: well-being. Sample sentence: The president spoke of devotion to the common weal and the hope of creating a better country.

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Adjective: Officious  (uh-FISH-us) Definition: 1. Volunteering one’s services where they are neither asked nor needed: meddlesome. 2. Informal, unofficial. Sample sentence: Staff members view the new consultant as an officious individual offering unwanted feedback, but she is simply doing her job.

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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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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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