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Verb: Wheedle  (WEE-dul) Definition: 1. To influence or entice by soft words or flattery. 2. To gain or get by coaxing or flattering. 3. To use soft words or flattery. Sample sentence: Susie always tried to wheedle the babysitter into letting her stay up an hour past her bedtime.

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Adjective: Rapier  (RAY-pee-er) Definition: Extremely sharp or keen. Sample sentence: The wit and keen insight found in Betty’s blog are a testament to her rapier mind.

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Noun: Gutta-percha  (guh-tah-pur-chah Definition: A tough plastic substance from the latex of several Malaysian trees of the sapodilla family that resembles rubber but contains more resin and is used especially as insulation and in dentistry. Sample sentence: My dentist used gutta-percha to fill my tooth after he performed a root canal.

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Verb: Carouse  (kuh-ROWZ) Definition: 1. To drink liquor freely or excessively. 2. To take part in a drunken revel: engage in dissolute behavior. Sample sentence: The sailor planned to carouse with his buddies during  his shore leave.

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Noun: Palaver  (puh-LAV-er) Definition: 1. A long discussion or meeting usually between persons of different cultures or levels of sophistication. 2. Idle talk or misleading or beguiling speech. Sample sentence: I don’t know how people can listen to all that palaver on the midday talk shows on television.

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Adjective: Teleological  (tel-ee-uh-LAH-jih-kul) Definition: Exhibiting or relating to design or purpose especially in nature. Sample sentence: At dinner, Sandra and Miguel debated whether or not the complex structure of the human eye implied a teleological origin.

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Noun: Aphelion   (a-FEEL-yun) Definition: The point in the path of a celestial body (such as a planet) that is farthest from the sun. Sample sentence: The comet is predicted to reach aphelion a mere 22 years from now.

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Adjective: Esurient  (ih-SUR-ee-unt) Definition: Hungry, greedy. Sample sentence: No one was surprised when the  esurient media mogul expanded his business into the social media marketplace.

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Adjective: Aleatory  (AY-lee-uh-tor-ee) Definition: Characterized by chance of random elements. Sample sentence: A sudden rainstorm was the aleatory beginning of Tom and Renee’s romance, as it led to their introduction beneath a shop’s awning as they sought shelter from the downpour.

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Adverb: Pell-mell  (pel-MEL) Definition: 1. In mingled confusion or disorder. 2. In confused haste. Sample sentence: After the final bell of the day rang, the pupils bolted from their desks and ran pell-mell out the door into the schoolyard.

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