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Word of the Day – Dec. 19 – Syncretic

Adjective: Syncretic  (sin-KRET-ik) Definition: Characterized or brought about by a combination of different forms of belief or practice. Sample sentence: Dr. Portman practices a syncretic form of medicine, borrowing from both Eastern and Western medical traditions.

Noun: Oxymoron  (ahk-sih-MOR-on) Definition: A combination of contradictory or incongruous words; broadly, something (such as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements. Sample sentence: A “healthy snack” sounds like an oxymoron to those used to defining snacks as candy bars and chips.

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Adjective: Ergonomic  (er-guh-NAH-mik) Definition: 1. Of or relating to the science of designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely. 2. Designed or arranged for safe, comfortable and efficient use. Sample sentence: Clara hoped the ergonomic arrangement of her new workstation would help reduce the daily […]

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Noun: Rechauffe  (ray-shoh-FAY) Definition: 1. Something presented in a new form without change of substance: rehash. 2, A warmed-over dish of food. Sample sentence: The day after any holiday, it is a tradition at our house to serve a rechauffe rather than cook a full meal.

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Adjective: Incommensurable  (in-kuh-MEN-suh-ruh-bul) Definition: Lacking a basis of comparison in respect to quality normally subject to comparison. Sample sentence: The two theories are incommensurable, making any attempt at comparison across disciplines ridiculous.

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Adjective: Mellifluous  ( muh-LIFF-luh-wus) Definition: 1. Having a smooth rich flow. 2. Filled with something (such as honey) that sweetens. Sample sentence: The young diva has a powerful mellifluous voice that makes her album a sweet aural confection.

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Verb: Allege  (uh-LEJ) Definition: 1. To assert without proof or before proving. 2. To bring forward as a reason or excuse. Sample sentence: I allege my husband is eating the candy canes off the tree, one at a time, thinking I won’t notice.

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Noun: Calumny  (KAL-um-nee) Definition: 1. A misrepresentation intended to harm another’s reputation. 2. The act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to harm another’s reputation. Sample sentence: The notion that the mayor knew about the problem before the newspaper broke the story is nothing but calumny.

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Noun: Greenmail  (GREEN-mail) Definition: The practice of buying enough of a company’s stock to threaten a hostile takeover and reselling it to the company at a price above market value; also, the money paid for such stock. Sample sentence: In an astonishing act of greenmail, the investor bought up all available shares of the company […]

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Noun: Lummox  (LUH-muks) Definition: A clumsy person. Sample sentence: That player is a lummox in the outfield, with three errors just this week.

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