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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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Adjective: Olfactory  (ahl-FAK-tuh-ree) Definition: Of, relating to, or connected with the sense of smell. Sample sentence: The aroma of cinnamon rolls coming from the kitchen served as an enticing olfactory clue that breakfast was almost ready.

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Verb: Grubstake (GRUB-stayk) Definition: To provide with material assistance (as a loan) for launching an enterprise or for a person in difficult circumstances. Sample sentence: Online donations from friends and supporters were able to grubstake the production of Zachary’s short film.

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Noun: Divarication  (dye-vair-uh-KAY-shun) Definition: 1. The action, process, or fact of spreading apart. 2. A divergence of opinion. Sample sentence: The team of botanists studied the growth patterns of the trees, including the divarication of their branches.

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Noun: Lido  (LEE-doh) Definition: A fashionable beach resort. Sample sentence: Sharon bought a new bathing suit in anticipation of her upcoming vacation at a luxurious lido.

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Adjective: Tantamount  (TAN-tuh-mount) Definition: Equivalent in value, significance, or effect. Sample sentence: The boss had told Morris that he was being reassigned to the shipping department, and he knew that it was tantamount to a demotion.

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Noun: Rathskeller  (RAHT-skel-er) Definition: A usually basement tavern or restaurant. Sample sentence: Beneath the main floor of Kytoler’s in Kilkenny, Ireland, is the rathskellar that is much like a cave, and is the original part of the historical tavern.

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Noun: Pratfall  (PRAT-fawl) Definition: 1. A fall in which one lands on the buttocks, often regarded as comical or humiliating. 2. A humiliating blunder or defeat. Sample sentence: Jerry Lewis, one of the most brilliant physical comedians, would always have at least one pratfall in each comedy routine.

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Noun: Culprit  (KUL-prit) Definition: 1. One accused with or charged with a crime. 2. One guilty of a crime or fault. 3. The source or cause of a problem. Sample sentence: After the empty warehouse burned down, an investigation determined faulty wiring to be the culprit.

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Adjective: Oleaginous  (oh-lee-AJ-uh-nus) Definition: 1. Resembling or having the properties of oil: oily or containing or producing oil. 2. Marked by an offensively ingratiating manner or quality. Sample sentence: Jim seems to mistake his own oleaginous demeanor for charm.

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