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Word of the Day – July 28 – Numinous

Adjective: Numinous  (NOO-muh-nus) Definition: 1: Supernatural: mysterious. 2: Filled with the sense of the presence of divinity: holy. 3: Appealing to the higher emotions or to the aesthetic sense: spiritual. Example sentence: Pilgrims to the shrine spoke to the congregation about their numinous experiences.

Verb: Doff  (DAHF) Definition: 1: To remove an article of wear from the body. Also, to take off the hat in greeting or as a sign of respect. 2: To rid oneself of: put aside. Example sentence: When we arrived at the lake, it didn’t take very long for the children to doff their shoes […]

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Verb: Winkle  (WINK-ul) Definition: 1: To displace, remove, or evict from a position. 2: To obtain or draw out by effort. Example sentence: The office staff tried to winkle the manager out because they didn’t like his demeanor, but were unsuccessful because he was the son of the company’s CEO.

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Verb: Berate  (bih-RAYT) Definition: To scold or condemn vehemently and at length. Example sentence: When Ben arrived home way past curfew without so much as a phone call or text, he knew his mother would berate him for his lack of consideration.

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Noun: Megillah  (muh-GIL-uh) Definition: A lengthy and tediously complicated situation or matter. Example sentence: Just give me the facts, not the whole megillah.

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Noun: Caesura  (sih-ZYUR-uh) Definition: 1: A break in the flow of sound usually in the middle of a line of verse. 2: Break, interruption. 3: A pause marking a rhythmic point of division in a melody. Example sentence: The conductor had a difficult time getting the young players in the orchestra to mind the caesura […]

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Adjective: Liminal  (LIM-uh-nul) Definition: 1: Of or relating to a sensory threshold. 2: Barely perceptible. 3: Of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition: in between or transitional. Example sentence: Somewhere in that liminal zone between sleep and wakefulness, I thought I heard the phone ring when it really hadn’t.

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Noun: Iconoclast  (eye-KAH-nuh-klast) Definition: 1: A person who destroys religious images or opposes their veneration. 2: A person who attacks settled beliefs or institutions. Example sentence: The church’s prayer garden was destroyed during the night by some iconoclast, whom the police have yet to apprehend.

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Adjective: Natant  (NAY-tunt) Definition: Swimming or floating in water. Example sentence: The pond was quiet, though occasionally a fish would rise to make a little splash among the natant lily pads.

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Adjective: Hoity-toity  (hoy-tee-TOY-tee) Definition: 1: Thoughtlessly silly or frivolous: flighty. 2: Marked by an air of assumed importance: highfalutin. Example sentence: Andrea was invited to a cocktail party but declined the invitation because of all the hoity-toity people she knew would be there.

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