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Noun:Tankini  (tang-KEE-nee) Definition: A woman’s two piece swimsuit consisting of a bikini bottom and a tank top. Sample sentence: Before Laura went on her cruise, she had to decide which bathing suit was more flattering, a bikini or a tankini.  

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Verb: Derogate  (DAIR-uh-gayt) Definition: 1. To cause to seem inferior: disparage. 2. To take away a part so as to impair: detract. 3. To act beneath one’s position or character. Sample sentence: It is easy to derogate the prom committee for its lackluster theme now, but nobody came forward with any better ideas when it […]

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Noun: Clerisy (KLAIR-uh-see) Definition: Intellectuals who form an artistic, social or political vanguard or elite. Sample sentence: The book’s author claims that a successful society must have both a strong commitment to democratic ideals and a well-established clerisy.

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Adjective: Infinitesimal  (in-fin-ih-TESS-uh-mul) Definition: 1. Taking on values arbitrarily close to but greater than zero. 2. Immeasurably or incalculably small. Sample sentence: Stella includes a lottery ticket in every birthday card she sends, despite the infinitesimal chances that it will be a winner.

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Noun: Pork Barrel  (PORK-BAIR-ul) Definition: Government projects or appropriations yielding rich patronage benefits; also, government funds, jobs or favors distributed by politicians to gain political advantage. Sample sentence: It was apparent that the construction of the new parking garage was not a necessary project, but a pork barrel deal for the business owners who would […]

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Verb: Tutoyer  (too-tway-YEY) Definition: To address someone, especially in French, using the familiar forms of the pronoun “you” rather than the more formal forms: to address familiarly. Sample sentence: An officer doesn’t tutoyer a subordinate, unless they work closely in the same unit.

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Adjective: Fulgent  (Full-jint) Definition: Dazzlingly bright: radiant. Sample sentence: The harvest moon, fulgent in the night sky, made a perfect backdrop for the young couple’s romantic stroll on the beach.

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Noun: Loblolly  (LOB-lah-lee) Definition: A lout; a stupid, rude or awkward person. Sample sentence: Please don’t call me a loblolly, just because I was raised in the country.

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Adverb or adjective: Sotto voce  (sah-toh-VOH-chee) 1. Under the breath; in an undertone; also, in a private manner. 2. Very softly; used as a direction in music. Sample sentence: As her husband headed for the kitchen, our hostess began telling us sotto voce about the upcoming surprise party for him.

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Noun: Demesne  (dih-MEYN) Definition: 1. Possession of land as one’s own. 2. An estate or part of an estate occupied and controlled by, and worked for the exclusive use of, the owner. 3. Land belonging to and adjoining a manor house; estate. 4. The dominion or territory of a sovereign or state; domain. 5. A […]

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