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Word of the Day – Aug. 26 – Suffrage

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.

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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Adjective: Backstairs  (BAK-stairz) Definition: Secret. furtive, sorid, scandalous. Sample sentence: The article accuses the influential Washington lobbyist of having been involved in a number of backstairs deals to limit regulation of financial institutions.

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Noun: Southpaw  (SOUTH-paw) Definition: Left-hander; especially a left-handed baseball pitcher. Sample sentence: The little league team’s  best pitcher was a southpaw.

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Noun: Gibbosity  (gi-BOS-i-tee) Definition: 1. A protuberance or swelling. 2. A state of being gibbous. Sample sentence: The big gibbosity on John’s face was caused by a raging staph infection and it caused him great pain.

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Noun: Gloaming  (GLOH-ming) Definition: Twilight, dusk. Sample sentence: As the last of the sunlight died out of the sky, we sat in the gloaming reflecting on the special moments of our day.

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Verb: Rimple  (RIM-puhl) Definition: To wrinkle, crumple or crease Noun: Rimple Definition: A wrinkle Sample sentence: Brenda sat very carefully in the car on the way to the dance so as not to cause nary a rimple in her pretty dress.

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