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Noun: Libertine  (LIB-er-teen) Definition: 1. A freethinker especially in religious matters. 2. A person who is unrestrained by convention or morality: specifically, one leading a dissolute life. Sample sentence: Don Juan is known as a famous libertine who seduced countless women.

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Adjective: Gossamer  (GAH-suh-mer) Definition: Extremely light, delicate, or tenuous. Sample sentence: Except for a few gossamer clouds, the sky was clear and blue.

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Verb: Adulate  (AJ-uh-layt) Definition: To flatter or admire excessively or slavishly. Sample sentence: A portrait of the family patriarch, a man the public tended to adulate while generally feared by his family, hung about the mantle in the drawing room.

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Verb: Inculcate  (in-KUL-kayt) Definition: To teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions. Sample sentence: Mark and Victoria tried to inculcate in their children the values of hard work, self-reliance, and respect for other people.

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Noun: Bellwether  (BEL-WEH-ther) Definition: One that takes the lead or initiative: leader; also, an indicator of trends. Sample sentence: The company has long been viewed as a bellwether for the tech market, so analysts are watching it closely.

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Noun: Obsolescence  (ob-suh-LES-uhns) Definition: The state, process, or condition of being or becoming obsolete. Sample sentence: The minute you buy a computer, it is on its way to obsolescence.

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Noun: Phreaker  (FREE-ker) Definition: One who gains illegal access to the telephone system. Sample sentence: The workshop will focus on how to protect your phone line from a phreaker and your computer from a hacker.

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Adjective: Frugal  (FROO-gul) Definition: Characterized by or reflecting economy in use of resources. Sample sentence: In order to save both money and energy, Joni was frugal with air-conditioning, usually opting to turn on a fan instead whenever it got too hot in her apartment.

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Verb: Stridulate  (STRIJ-uh-layt) Definition: To make a shrill creaking noise by rubbing body parts together. Sample sentence: We sat on the porch in the late summer evening, listening to the crickets as they began to strijulate their song in the moonlight.

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Noun: Cryptozooology  (krip-toh-zoh-OL-uh-jee) Definition: The study of evidence tending to substantiate the existence of, or the search for, creatures whose reported existence is unproved, as the Abominable Snowman or the Loch Ness monster. Sample sentence: The tales from the cryptozoology continue, naturally, because why not let our sense of wonder be wound up by the […]

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