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Word of the Day – Aug. 4 – Salient

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Adjective: Salient  (SAY-lee-uhnt) Definition: Sticking out, prominent, conspicuous, very noticeable. Example sentence: Her large nose was her most salient characteristic.

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Word of the Day – Aug. 3 – Dearth

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Noun: Dearth (DURTH) Definition: Inadequate supply, lack, scarcity, or shortage. Example sentence: We were told to take ample amounts of liquids on our trek through the dry terrain because of the dearth of water found in the area.

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Word of the Day – Aug. 2 – Austere

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Adjective: Austere  (aw-STEER) Definition: Severe, harsh, strict, serious, grim, or forbidding; lacking warmth or comfort. Example sentence: The austere teacher would reprimand the students harshly for any misbehavior.

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Word of the Day – Aug. 1 – Quandry

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Noun: Quandry  (KWON-duh-ree) Definition: A state of uncertainty, perplexity, and confusion. Example sentence: The sage advice from my parents helped me get out of the quandary I was in.

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Word of the Day – July 31 – Paucity

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Noun: Paucity  (PAW-sih-tee) Definition: A small amount, especially less than what is needed or wanted; a scarcity. Example sentence: The recession is characterized by a paucity of jobs.

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Word of the Day – July 28 – Sycophant

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Noun: Sycophant  (SIK-uh-fant) Definition: Someone that uses insincere praise or flattery to get approval; a suck-up or brown-noser. Example sentence: It is obvious that he only got the promotion because he is a complete sycophant and agrees with everything the boss suggests.

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Word of the Day – July 27 – Despondent

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Adjective: Despondent  (dih-SPON-duhnt) Definition: Extremely depressed and disheartened. Example sentence: My uncle was despondent for months after the death of his wife.

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Word of the Day – July 26 – Transitory

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Adjective: Transitory  (TRAN-zih-tohr-ee) Definition: Temporary, short-lived, momentary. Example sentence: The government believes the shift in consumer spending will only be transitory.

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Word of the Day – July 25 – Ameliorate

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Verb: Ameliorate  (uh-MEEL-yuh-rayt) Definition: To make better or more tolerable, to improve. Example sentence: A little bonus could ameliorate our financial situation.

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Word of the Day – July 24 – Boon

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Noun: Boon  (BOON) Definition: A timely blessing; something beneficial to be thankful for. Example sentence: The rain came as a boon during the drought.

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