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Verb: Burble  (BUR-buhl) Definition: 1. To speak in an excited manner; babble. 2. To make a bubbling sound; bubble. 3. A bubbling or gentle flow. Example sentence: It was peaceful in the park where we could hear the burble of the fountain and the chirping birds.

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Noun: Neophyte  (NEE-uh-fyte) Definition: 1. A new convert. 2. A novice. 3. A beginner. Example sentence: As a neophyte to chess, Brock was still learning the rules and basic strategies of the game.

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Noun: Contumely  (kahn-TOO-muh-lee) Definition: Harsh language or treatment arising from haughtiness and contempt; also,  an instance of such language or treatment. Example sentence: Deeply hurt by the contumely directed at her, Charlotte burst into tears and ran out of the room.

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Noun: Attrition  (ah-TRIH-shun) Definition: 1. A gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death. 2. A gradual decline in numbers or strength. Example sentence: The company’s attrition rate was quite high, causing the value of their stock to fall sharply each year.

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Adjective: Kindred  (KIN-drud) Definition: 1. Of a similar nature or character: like. 2. Of the same ancestry. Example sentence: Jessica found a kindred songwriting spirit in Brigid, and soon the two women were collaborating on a new album.

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Noun: Zydeco  (ZYE-duh-koh) Definition: Popular music of southern Louisiana that combines tunes of French origin with elements of Caribbean music and the blues. Example sentence: The restaurant, with architecture that looks like it’s straight from the French quarter of New Orleans, features authentic Cajun cuisine and live zydeco music.

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Adjective: Brusque  (BRUSK) Definition: 1. Markedly short and abrupt. 2. Blunt in manner or speech often to the point of ungracious harshness. Example sentence: On her first day of work, Diana’s new boss gave her only a brusque greeting before showing her the place where she would be working.

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Noun: Pseudonym  (SOO-duh-nihm) Definition: A fictitious name; especially, a pen name. Example sentence: Instead of using his real name, Edward signed his letter to the editor with the pseudonym “Jack Cramer.”

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Noun: Euphemism  (YOO-fuh-miz-um) Definition: The substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant; also, the expression so substituted. Example sentence: Aunt Helen would never say that someone had “died,” but preferred to communicate the unpleasant news with a euphemism like “passed on.”

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Adjective: Multifarious  (mul-tuh-FAIR-ee-us) Definition: Having or occurring in great variety: diverse. Example sentence: John listed his multifarious interests and activities on his college application.

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