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Adjective: Uxorious  (uhk-SAWR-ee-uhs) Definition: Doting upon or affectionately submissive toward’s one wife. Example sentence: Keith was very uxorious at home, but tended to be a tyrant at work.

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Adjective: Fulsome  (FULL-sum) Definition: 1: Characterized by abundance, generous in amount, extent, or spirit. 2: Aesthetically, morally, or generally offensive. 3: Exceeding the bounds of good taste: overdone. 4: Excessively complimentary or flattering. Example: The dining room table groaned under the weight of the fulsome array of holiday food.

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Verb: Foreshorten  (for-SHORT-un) Definition: 1: To shorten by proportionately contracting in the direction of depth so that an illusion of projection or extension in space is obtained. 2: To make more compact: abridge, shorten. Example sentence: A low vantage point provides the opportunity to dramatically foreshorten the dimensions of the building, drawing the eye upward […]

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Noun: Onomastics  (ah-nuh-MAS-tiks) Definition: 1: The science or study of the origins and forms or words used  in a specialized field, or of proper names of persons or places. 2. The system underlying the formation and use of words, especially proper names or of words used in a specialized field. Example sentence: As a student […]

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Adjective: Ruly  (ROO-lee) Definition: Obedient, orderly. Example sentence: The group of young children was unusually ruly as they were engaged in building with a large set of colored blocks.

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Noun: Equanimity  (ee-kwuh-NIM-uh-tee) Definition: 1: Evenness of mind especially under stress. 2: Right disposition:  balance. Example sentence: The most successful athletes find a way to maintain equanimity in the face of disappointment and failure.

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Adjective: Inviolable  (in-VYE-uh-luh-bul) Definition: 1: Secure from violation or profanation. 2: Secure from assault or trespass: unassailable. Example sentence: The senator agreed to an interview on the basis of a set of clear and inviolable rules about what she would and would not answer.

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Noun: Talisman  (TAL-iss-mun) Definition: 1: An object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune. 2: Something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects. Example sentence: Ever since he was in grade school, Sarah’s grandfather has carried a rabbit’s foot in his pocket as a talisman.

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Noun: Sinecure  (SYE-nih-kyoor) Definition: An office or position that requires little or no work and that usually provides an income. Example sentence: After years of hard work at the bottom of the corporate ladder, one can only hope for a sinecure to become available at the top of the ladder before retirement.

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Noun: Williwaw  (WILL-ih-waw) Definition: 1: A sudden violent gust of cold land air common along mountainous coasts of high latitudes. 2: A violent wind. 3: A violent commotion. Example sentence: The sailors had all heard stories of ships capsized in the strait, so they were on alert for any williwaw that might occur.

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