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Adjective: Stolid  (STAH-lid) Definition: Having or expressing little or no sensibility; unemotional. Example sentence: The stolid detective spoke to the witness in a precise, unequivocal manner.  

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Noun: Litotes  (LYE-tuh-teez) Definition: Understatement in which an affirmation is expressed by the negative of the contrary. Example sentence: Sheila, with her characteristic flair for litotes, said vacationing in the Caribbean wasn’t a total drag.

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Noun: Jimjams  (JIM-jams) Definition: Slang term for extreme nervousness or jitters. Example sentence: The thought of riding in the car while his daughter drove for the first time gave Fred the jimjams.

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Noun: Furphy  FUR-fee Definition: A false report; rumor. Example sentence: The furphy of the actor’s death spread like wildfire through social medias, even though he was alive and well.

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Noun: Yurt  (YURT) Definition: A portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling. Example sentence: The latest trend in affordable housing, for those choosing to live off the grid in warmer climates, is the yurt.

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Verb: Hector  (HEK-ter) Definition: 1: To play the bully: swagger. 2: To intimidate or harass by bluster or personal pressure. Example sentence: The judge sternly ordered the attorney to stop his attempts to hector the witness.

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Adjective: Eldritch  (EL-drich) Definition: Eerie, weird, spooky. Example sentence: The eldritch atmosphere and odor of the dilapidated house brought on a case of shudders when we entered the front door. 

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Adverb: Forthwith  (fohrth-WITH) Definition: Immediately; at once; without delay. Example sentence: Every morning, the homeroom teacher expected the homework assignments forthwith on his desk before class would begin.

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Noun: Gaucherie  (goh-shuh-REE) Definition: Lack of social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkwardness. Example sentence: It was only a certain gaucherie, a gawkiness on Anna’s part, that kept her from getting the female lead in the school play.

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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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