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Noun: Palooka  (puh-LOO-kuh) Definition: 1: An inexperienced or incompetent boxer. 2: Oaf, lout. Example sentence: The boxing audiences loved him;  even though often reckless, Mickey was never a palooka and learned from every opponent he faced.

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Noun: Quincunx  (KWIN-kunks) Definition: An arrangement of five things in a square or rectangle with one at each corner and one in the middle. Example sentence: The sculptures in the square were arranged in a quincunx with the outer ones marking the perimeter and the middle one serving as the centerpiece.

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Verb: Nonplus  (nahn-PLUS) Definition: To cause to be at a loss as to what to say, think, or do: perplex. Example sentence: The student’s unexpected about-face during the class discussion managed to nonplus the teacher.

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Noun: Wisenheimer  (WYE-zun-hey-mer) Definition: Smart aleck. Example sentence: Leslie delivered a flawless presentation even in spite of interruptions from one wisenheimer in the back of the classroom.

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Noun: Hubris  (HYOO-bris) Definition: Exaggerated pride or self-confidence. Example sentence: The company’s failure was ultimately brought on by the hubris of its founder.

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Noun: Tranche  (TRAHNSH) Definition: A division or portion of a pool or whole. Example sentence: The sale of the first tranche of shares to private investors could start as soon as next year.

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Noun: Turpitude  (TUR-pih-tood) Definition: 1: Vile, shameful, or base character; depravity. 2. A vile or depraved act. Example sentence: Some people retreat to living off the grid in remote places to escape urban life and all the crime, pollution, disease, and of course, luxury and moral turpitude that goes with it.

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Noun: Snuggery  (SNUG-uh-ree) Definition: A comfortable or cozy room. Example sentence: Greg managed to get home for a leisurely lunch and a quick nap in the little snuggery.

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Adjective: Decorous  (DECK-er-us) Definition: Marked by propriety and good taste: correct. Example sentence: Before making her daily announcements, the principal mentioned how proud she was of the students’ decorous conduct at their prom.

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Adjective: Callow  (KAL-oh) Definition: Lacking adult sophistication: immature. Example sentence: Steven was so callow that his mother visited him every week while he was at college to make sure he was okay living in the dorms.

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