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Adjective: Hallowed  (HAL-ohd) Definition: 1. Holy, consecrated. 2. Sacred, revered. Sample sentence: Those who enter Arlington Cemetery should remember they walk on hallowed ground.

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Adjective: Anodyne  (AN-uh-dyne) Definition: 1. Serving to alleviate pain. 2. Not likely to offend or arouse tensions. Sample sentence: The group’s latest album is fairly anodyne, containing a number of lively tunes that are easy on the ears.  

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Adjective: Egregious  (ih-GREE-juss) Definition: Conspicuous: especially conspicuously bad or flagrant. Sample sentence: It was  an egregious breach of church etiquette on Kathy’s part when she left her cell phone on during the church service and it ran during the pastor’s prayer.

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Noun: Prototype  (PROH-tuh-type) Definition: 1. An original model on which something is patterned. 2. An individual that exhibits the essential features of a later type. 3. A standard or typical example. 4. A first full-scale and usually functional form of a new type or design of a construction. Sample sentence: It is not clear at […]

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Verb: Chouse  (CHOWSS) Definition: Cheat, trick. Sample sentence: When we were kids, my brother always tried to chouse when we played card games.

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Adjective: Trenchant  (TREN-chunt) Definition: 1. Keen, sharp. 2. Vigorously effective and articulate: caustic. 3. Sharply perceptive: penetrating. Also clear-cut, distinct. Sample sentence: The daily news satire show not only offers a healthy dose of laughs, but also trenchant commentary on the current events of the day.

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Noun:Demegogue  (DEM-uh-gahg) Definition: A leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power. Sample sentence:  In the last election, the state’s voters outed their incumbent governor for a demagogue who persuasively capitalized on fears of another recession.  

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Adjective: Fusty  (FUSS-tee) Definition: 1. Saturated with dust and stale odors: musty. 2. Rigidly old-fashioned or reactionary. Sample sentence: We opened the windows to air out the fusty room.

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Noun: Cryptesthesia  (krip-tuhs-THEE-zee-uh) Definition: Psychology, allegedly paranormal perception, as clairvoyance. Sample sentence: Some experts attribute the movement of the planchette on the Ouija Board to cryptesthesia, some to divine or devilish inspiration, others to unconscious muscular activity between the diviner and the object.  

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Noun: Collywobbles  (KAH-lee-wah-bulz) Definition: Pain in the abdomen and especially in the stomach: bellyache. Sample sentence: Given the amount of Halloween candy Timmy ate, it was no wonder he had the collywobbles.

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