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Adjective: Hoity-toity  (hoy-tee-TOY-tee) Definition: 1: Thoughtlessly silly or frivolous: flighty. 2: Marked by an air of assumed importance: highfalutin. Example sentence: Andrea was invited to a cocktail party but declined the invitation because of all the hoity-toity people she knew would be there.

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Noun: Gust  (GUST) Definition: Keen delight. Example sentence: The puppy was eating his dinner with gust as the cat stood by watching with curiosity.

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Noun: Lout (LOUT) Definition: An awkward brutish person. Example sentence: To get away from the obnoxious lout making noise in the restaurant, Jared and Fiona asked the waiter if they could be moved to another table.

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Noun: Antithesis  (an-tih-THEE-sis) Definition: 1: Direct contrast: opposition. 2: The direct or exact opposite. Example sentence: Hope is the antithesis of despair.  

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Noun: Aplomb  (uh-PLOM) Definition: Self-confident assurance, skill, and poise,  especially in difficult or challenging circumstances. Example sentence: Even when the neighborhood was being evacuated because of the approaching wild fire, Emma kept her aplomb and helped her elderly neighbors get to the safety zone.

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Preposition: Qua  (KWAH) Definition: In the capacity or character of: as. Example sentence: There have been other big pop music phenomena over the years,  but the Beatles qua phenomenon was due to a confluence of forces that defined a historical moment.

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Noun: Nadir  (NAY-deer) Definition: 1: The point of the celestial sphere that is directly opposite the zenith and vertically downward from the observer. 2: The lowest point. Example sentence: Only once the novel’s protagonist reaches her nadir does she arouse the reader’s empathy, and we root for her to climb back to respectability.

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Noun: Towser  (TAHW-zer) Definition: Big dog. Example sentence: My brother loves all dogs, but would prefer a towser like a St. Bernard over a Chihuahua.

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Noun: Encephalon  (en-SEF-uh-lon) Definition: The brain. Example sentence: The head is formed only in small part by the cranium which  closely embraces the encephalon.

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Verb: Attenuate  ( uh-TEN-yuh-wayt) Definition: 1: To make thin or slender. 2: To make thin in consistency. 3: To lessen the amount, force, magnitude, or value of: weaken. 4: To reduce the severity, virulence,  or vitality of. Example sentence: It is well established that daily exercise can attenuate the health risks associated with being overweight.

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