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Adjective: Plangent  (PLAN-junt) Definition: 1: Having a loud reverberating sound. 2: Having an expressive and especially plaintive quality. Example sentence: The campers were awoken by the plangent howl of a coyote off in the distance.

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Noun: Antithesis  (an-TITH-uh-sis) Definition: The exact opposite. Example sentence: Friends of the actress say she is quite the antithesis of her giddy and frivolous character.

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Adjective: Poignant  (POIN-yuhnt) Definition: Sharp, penetrating, or biting. Example sentence: The poignant movie made even my husband cry.

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Noun: Vernacular  (ver-NAK-yuh-ler) Definition: Common and informal everyday language. Example sentence: My teenage children constantly use teenage vernacular such as cool, rad, and dude.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 26 – Assuage

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Verb: Assuage  (uh-SWEYJ) Definition: To relieve or ease, make milder or less severe; also, to appease or satisfy. Example sentence: The music did little to assuage the awkward silence in the elevator.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 23 – Anecdote

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Noun: Anecdote  (AN-ik-doht) Definition: An amusing or interesting true story. Example sentence: The anecdote about how my parents met in the line of a public restroom is a family favorite.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 22 – Exacerbate

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Verb: Exacerbate  (ik-SAS-er-bayt) Definition: To make worse. Example sentence: The layoffs in the plant will further exacerbate the unemployment problem in the region.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 21 – Ruminate

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Verb: Ruminate  (ROO-muh-nayt) Definition: To think about carefully at length, muse, or contemplate. Example sentence: Let me ruminate on that idea for a while and I’ll get back to you.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 20 – Transient

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Adjective: Transient (TRAN-zee-uhnt) Definition: Temporary, short-lived, momentary, remaining in a place for only a brief time. Example sentence: This is only a transient job because after I graduate next month, I will be looking for a better one.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 19 – Attrition

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Noun: Attrition  (uh-TRISH-uhn) Definition: A decrease in numbers, size or strength. Example sentence: There are a certain number of new members that we expect to lose through attrition, but we should do our best to retain every member we can.

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