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Adjective: Reticent  (RET-uh-suhnt) Definition: Reluctant to speak, silent, reserved, or restrained. Example sentence: The new boy in the class was reticent for weeks until he started making new friends.

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Verb: Defray  (dee-FRAY) Definition: To help pay for; cover the cost or expenses of something. Example sentence: I am using the extra money I saved from my last bonus to defray the costs of the trip.

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Noun: Caravansary  (kair-uh-VAN-suh-ree) Definition: 1: An inn surrounding a court in eastern countries where the caravans rest at night. 2: Hotel, inn. Example sentence: Most of the area’s hotels are on the pricey end of the scale, but I did find one caravansary within my budget.

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Adjective: Tenebrous  (TEN-uh-brus) Definition: 1. Shut off from the light: dark, murky. 2. Hard to understand: obscure. 3. Causing gloom. Example sentence: I stayed close to my brother as we walked through the tenebrous alley alongside the apartment building.

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Noun: Paragon  (PAR-uh-gon) Definition: A perfect example or model of excellence. Example sentence: I have never claimed to be the paragon of a perfect parent.

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Adjective: Analogous  (uh-NAL-uh-gus) Definition: Similar, comparable, corresponding in some form or way. Example sentence: Noticing the hose was analogous to a snake, the boy took it to scare his mother.

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Noun: Ambience  (AM-bee-uhns) Definition: Atmosphere, environment, mood, or feeling. Example sentence: Let’s create a fun ambience for the party by putting up balloons and crepe paper.

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Verb: Mitigate  (MIT-uh-gayt) Definition: To lessen or reduce. Example sentence: If I use a flouride toothpaste, I may mitigate my chances of developing cavities.

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Verb/Noun: Twiddle  (TWIH-duhl) Definition as a verb: Twist, move, or fiddle with (something), typically in a purposeless or nervous way. Definition as a noun: An act of twisting or fiddling with something. Example sentence: I have seen the sales department twiddle their thumbs when having a slow day.

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Noun: Penchant  (PEN-chuhnt) Definition: A liking or strong inclination for something. Example sentence: My dog has a penchant for chasing cats and cars.

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