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Noun: Prototype  (PROH-tuh-type) Definition: 1. An original model on which something is patterned. 2. An individual that exhibits the essential features of a later type. 3. A standard or typical example. 4. A first full-scale and usually functional form of a new type or design of a construction. Sample sentence: It is not clear at […]

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Verb: Chouse  (CHOWSS) Definition: Cheat, trick. Sample sentence: When we were kids, my brother always tried to chouse when we played card games.

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Adjective: Trenchant  (TREN-chunt) Definition: 1. Keen, sharp. 2. Vigorously effective and articulate: caustic. 3. Sharply perceptive: penetrating. Also clear-cut, distinct. Sample sentence: The daily news satire show not only offers a healthy dose of laughs, but also trenchant commentary on the current events of the day.

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Noun:Demegogue  (DEM-uh-gahg) Definition: A leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power. Sample sentence:  In the last election, the state’s voters outed their incumbent governor for a demagogue who persuasively capitalized on fears of another recession.  

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Adjective: Fusty  (FUSS-tee) Definition: 1. Saturated with dust and stale odors: musty. 2. Rigidly old-fashioned or reactionary. Sample sentence: We opened the windows to air out the fusty room.

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Noun: Cryptesthesia  (krip-tuhs-THEE-zee-uh) Definition: Psychology, allegedly paranormal perception, as clairvoyance. Sample sentence: Some experts attribute the movement of the planchette on the Ouija Board to cryptesthesia, some to divine or devilish inspiration, others to unconscious muscular activity between the diviner and the object.  

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Noun: Collywobbles  (KAH-lee-wah-bulz) Definition: Pain in the abdomen and especially in the stomach: bellyache. Sample sentence: Given the amount of Halloween candy Timmy ate, it was no wonder he had the collywobbles.

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Adjective: Quixotic  (kwik-SAH-tik) Definition: 1. Foolishly impractical, especially in the pursuit of ideals. 2. Capricious, unpredictable. Sample sentence: Pauline characterized her Halloween decoration plans as ambitious, but she secretly feared the quixotic was a more apt descriptor.

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Adjective: Sempiternal  (sem-pih-TER-nul) Definition: Of never-ending duration: eternal. Sample sentence: No matter how much we try to analyze it, the question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, will be a matter of sempiternal debate.

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Noun: Homage  (AH-mij) Definition: 1. Something done or given as an acknowledgement of a vassal’s duty to his lord. 2. Respect or tribute. Sample sentence: One scene in the movie was clearly the director’s homage to his mentor and idol.

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