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Word of the Day – Sept. 2 – Repugn

Verb: Repugn  (rih-PYOON) Definition: To contend against: oppose. Sample sentence: About 450 students signed a petition to repugn the school board’s decision to fire a popular teacher.

Verb: Purfle  (PER-ful) Definition: To ornament the border or edges of. Sample sentence: The guitar maker used abalone shell to purfle the instrument.

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Adjective: Operose  (AH-poh-rohss) Definition: Tedious, wearisome. Sample sentence: The operose volume offers up considerably more verbiage than useful information.

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Adjective: Pulchirtudinous  (puhl-kri-TOOD-n-uhs) Definition: Physically beautiful; comely. Sample sentence: Conner was such a pulchirtudinous baby that his grandmother could hardly take her eyes off of him.

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Noun: Fleer  (FLEER) Definition: A word or look of derision or mockery. Sample sentence: When Adam suggested that the firm’s partners do the work pro bono, he half-expected to be hit with a collection of fleer, but the others readily agreed.

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Noun: Suffrage  (SUF-rij) Definition: 1. A vote given in deciding a disputed question or electing a person for an office or trust. 2. The right of voting; also, exercising the right of voting. Sample sentence:  On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment became law, finally granting women suffrage.

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Noun: Dovecoat  (DUV-koht) Definition: 1. A small compartmented raised house or box for domestic pigeons. 2. A settled or harmonious group or organization. Sample sentence: My grandfather raced pigeons and had an extravagant dovecoat in his backyard.

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Verb: Jink  (JINK) Definition: To move quickly or unexpectedly with sudden turns and shifts. Sample sentence: The quarterback’s great success on the field was his ability to jink past the opposing team’s players on his way to the goal posts.

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Noun: Ragamuffin  (RAG-uh-muf-in) Definition: A ragged often disreputable person; especially, a poorly clothed, often dirty child. Sample sentence: Tourists to Mexico City should not be surprised to find a ragamuffin at every turn begging to be allowed to do small services for an equally small donation.

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Adjective: Flyblown   (FLY-blohn) Definition: 1. a: Not pure: tainted. 1. b: Not bright and new: seedy. 1. c: Trite: hackneyed. 2. Infested with eggs or young larvae of a blowfly. Sample sentence: Jane’s apartment is a bit flyblown, but it is all she can afford.

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