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Word of the Day – Oct. 31 – Cryptesthesia

Noun: Cryptesthesia  (krip-tuhs-THEE-zee-uh) Definition: Psychology, allegedly paranormal perception, as clairvoyance. Sample sentence: Some experts attribute the movement of the planchette on the Ouija Board to cryptesthesia, some to divine or devilish inspiration, others to unconscious muscular activity between the diviner and the object.  

Noun: Collywobbles  (KAH-lee-wah-bulz) Definition: Pain in the abdomen and especially in the stomach: bellyache. Sample sentence: Given the amount of Halloween candy Timmy ate, it was no wonder he had the collywobbles.

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Adjective: Quixotic  (kwik-SAH-tik) Definition: 1. Foolishly impractical, especially in the pursuit of ideals. 2. Capricious, unpredictable. Sample sentence: Pauline characterized her Halloween decoration plans as ambitious, but she secretly feared the quixotic was a more apt descriptor.

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Adjective: Sempiternal  (sem-pih-TER-nul) Definition: Of never-ending duration: eternal. Sample sentence: No matter how much we try to analyze it, the question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, will be a matter of sempiternal debate.

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Noun: Homage  (AH-mij) Definition: 1. Something done or given as an acknowledgement of a vassal’s duty to his lord. 2. Respect or tribute. Sample sentence: One scene in the movie was clearly the director’s homage to his mentor and idol.

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Adjective: Esculent  (ESS-kyuh-lunt) Definition: Edible. Sample sentence: Morels are esculent mushrooms and are delicious, but be warned that there are also false morels, which are poisonous.

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Noun: Impunity  (im-PYOO-nuh-tee) Definition: Exemption or freedom from punishment, harm or loss. Sample sentence: Penalties for breaking the law can be made harsher, but without extra funding for its enforcement, people will continue to violate it with impunity.

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Noun: Turophile  (TOOR-uh-fyle) Definition: A connoisseur of cheese: a cheese fancier. Sample sentence: Bill is the turophile to ask what cheese to pair with any cracker selection.

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Adjective: Redux  (ree-DUKS) Definition: Brought back. Sample sentence: Now running in his own campaign, the son of the former mayor was advised to develop his own identity and not simply portray himself as his father redux.

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Noun: Obloquy  (AH-bluh-kwee) Definition: 1. A strongly condemnatory utterance: abusive language. 2. The condition of one that is discredited: bad repute. Sample sentence: The manager walked quickly back to the dugout as insults and obloquy rained down from the stands.

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