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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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Noun: Quincunx  (KWIN-kunks) Definition: An arrangement of five things in a square or rectangle with one at each corner and one in the middle. Example sentence: The sculptures in the square were arranged in a quincunx with the outer ones marking the perimeter and the middle one serving as the centerpiece.

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Verb: Nonplus  (nahn-PLUS) Definition: To cause to be at a loss as to what to say, think, or do: perplex. Example sentence: The student’s unexpected about-face during the class discussion managed to nonplus the teacher.

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Noun: Wisenheimer  (WYE-zun-hey-mer) Definition: Smart aleck. Example sentence: Leslie delivered a flawless presentation even in spite of interruptions from one wisenheimer in the back of the classroom.

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Noun: Hubris  (HYOO-bris) Definition: Exaggerated pride or self-confidence. Example sentence: The company’s failure was ultimately brought on by the hubris of its founder.

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Noun: Tranche  (TRAHNSH) Definition: A division or portion of a pool or whole. Example sentence: The sale of the first tranche of shares to private investors could start as soon as next year.

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