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Adverb or adjective: Ex Cathedra  (eks-kuh-THEE-druh) Definition: By virtue of or in the exercise of one’s office or position. Sample sentence: When chronic tardiness became a problem among the staff, the manager decided  ex cathedra to dock the pay of any employee who arrived late to work. Like and Share with your friends

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Noun: Claque  (KLAK) Definition: 1. A group hired to applaud at a performance. 2. A group of sycophants. Sample sentence: The senator seems to have a claque of influential supporters in the media who are willing to endorse his every move. Like and Share with your friends

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Noun: Zillionaire  (zil-yuh-NAIR) Definition: An immeasurably wealthy person. Sample sentence: Unless you are a zillionaire, it is practically impossible to find an affordable and spacious place to live in cities like New York. Like and Share with your friends

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Noun: Longueur  (lawn-GUR) Definition: A dull and tedious passage or section in a book or a musical composition. Sample sentence: The musical had one longueur in the second act, but the glorious singing and  energetic choreography that followed quickly roped us back in. Like and Share with your friends

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Verb: Emigrate  (EM-uh-grayt) Definition: To leave one’s place of residence or country to live elsewhere. Sample sentence: After graduating from the small town college, many students will emigrate to bigger cities in hopes of finding better job opportunities. Like and Share with your friends

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Noun: Virtuoso  (ver-choo-OH-so) Definition: 1. An experimenter or investigator especially in the arts and sciences. 2. One skilled in or having a taste for the fine arts. 3. One who excels in the technique of an art: especially a highly skilled musical performer. Sample sentence: After years of lessons and practice, Megan is now a  […]

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Adjective: Peremptory  (puh-REMP-tuh-ree) Definition: 1. Barring a right of action, debate or delay. 2. Expressive of urgency or demand. 3. Marked by arrogant self-assurance; haughty. Sample sentence: The manager’s peremptory rejections of any suggestions for improving office efficiency did little to inspire our confidence in his ability to help turn the company around. Like and […]

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Noun: Ombudsman  (AHM-boodz-mun) Definition: 1. A government official who investigates complaints made by individuals against public officials. 2. One that investigates, reports on, and helps settle complaints. Sample sentence: The newspaper’s ombudsman responded to many angry letters the article had generated. Like and Share with your friends

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Noun: Solecism  (SAH-luh-sih-zum) Definition: 1. An ungrammatical combination of words in a sentence. Also, a minor blunder in speech. 2. Something deviating from the proper, normal, or accepted order. 3. A breach of etiquette or decorum. Sample sentence: As a copyeditor, Jane has the eyes of a hawk and rarely letting a writer’s solecism slip […]

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Verb: Evanesce  (ev-uh-NESS) Definition: To disappear gradually; vanish; fade away. Sample sentence: As the visions of 2014 evanesce, may we see before us the bright future of the new year. Like and Share with your friends

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