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Word of the Day – Aug. 22 – Ingratiating

Adjective: Ingratiating  (in-GRAY-shee-ay-ting) Definition: Attempting to gain favor of another. Example sentence: His ingratiating comments to the boss got him a promotion and a raise.

Word of the Day – Aug. 21 – Predilection

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Noun: Predilection  (pred-uh-LEK-shun) Definition: A natural liking or strong preference. Example sentence: I’ve never known a child that doesn’t have a predilection for ice cream.

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Word of the Day – Aug. 18 – Apotheosis

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Noun: Apotheosis  (uh-poth-ee-OH-sis) Definition: The perfect example of something. Example sentence: By many, Google’s services are seen as the apotheosis of information technology’s world-changing impact.

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Word of the Day – Aug. 17 – Mundane

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Adjective: Mundane  (muhn-DAYN) Definition: Ordinary, boring, routine. Example sentence: Working on an assembly line was the most mundane job I have ever had.

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Word of the Day – Aug. 16 – Alacrity

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Noun: Alacrity  (uh-LAK-rih-tee) Definition: Cheerful eagerness or willingness. Example sentence: I was hoping to see more alacrity from the group, but most of them seemed reluctant to help me out on the new project.

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Word of the Day – Aug. 15 – Perfunctory

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Adjective: Perfunctory  (per-FUHNGK-tuh-ree) Definition: Done without interest or care; unenthusiastic. Example sentence: He gave a perfunctory speech that did little to excite the crowd.  

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Word of the Day – Aug. 14 – Pittance

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Noun: Pittance  (PIT-ns) Definition: A very small amount. Example sentence: They only paid the man a pittance for all the hard work he did.

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Word of the Day – Aug. 11 – Ostentatious

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Adjective: Ostentatious  (os-ten-TAY-shuhs) Definition: Showy, flamboyant, conspicuous, or pretentious. Example sentence: Despite the disapproval of his wife, he decided to buy the more ostentatious Mercedes instead of the American sedan.

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Word of the Day – Aug. 10 – Enigma

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Noun: Enigma  (ih-NIG-mah) Definition: A mystery; something hard to understand or explain. Example sentence: It is an enigma to me how he pulled four rabbits and a chainsaw out of the hat.  

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Word of the Day – Aug. 9 – Splenetic

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Adjective: Splenetic  (splih-NET-ik) Definition: Marked by bad temper, malevolence, or spite. Example sentence: Drew emailed the article to Kara, warning her to avoid the splenetic comments at the bottom of the page.

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