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Word of the Day – Dec. 16 – Symphysis

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Noun: Symphysis  (SIM-fi-sis) Definition: A growing together. Example sentence: It is hard to define when the symphysis of our souls began, but after 41 years of marriage, it is hard to imagine ever being two separate psyches.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 15 – Afflatus

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Noun: Afflatus  (uh-FLAY-tuhs) Definition: A creative impulse or inspiration. Example sentence: My dad’s stories of childhood were always my afflatus for things to do with my own children.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 14 – Marmorean

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Adjective: Marmorean  (mahr-MOHR-ee-uhn) Definition: Resembling marble or a marble statue, for example, in smoothness, whiteness, hardness, coldness, or aloofness. Example sentence: The museum is housed in a large marmorean white building.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 13 – Athwart

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Adverb, preposition: Athwart  (uh-THWART) Definition: From side to side of; across; against. Example sentence: Ralph shuffled athwart, keeping one eye ahead vigilantly.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 12 – Chunter

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Verb: Chunter  (CHUHN-tuhr) Definition: To mutter, grumble, or chatter. Example sentence: Every day since the election, people seem to have nothing better to do than chunter over the outcome.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 9 – Quinquennium

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Noun: Quinquennium  (kwin-KWEN-ee-uhm) Definition: A period of five years. Example sentence: The probation period for the young offender was set at one quinquennium.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 8 – Laicism

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Noun: Laicism  (LEY-uh-siz-uhm) Definition: The nonclerical, or secular, control of political and social institutions in a society (distinguished from clericalism). Example sentence: The city’s homeless shelter was run mainly by the laicism, but many churches offered financial support.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 7 – Frankenfood

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Noun: Frankenfood  (FRANG-kuhn-food) Definition: Genetically modified food. Example sentence: Growing your own crops is a good way to keep frankenfood out of your diet.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 6 – Gnarr

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Verb: Gnarr  (NAR) Definition: To snarl or growl. Example sentence: Don’t wake Dad up too early on Saturday morning as he is likely to gnarr at you like a grizzly bear.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 5 – Apoplectic

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Adjective: Apoplectic  (ap-o-PLEC-tic) Definition: Overcome with anger; extremely indignant. Example sentence: Fred showed apoplectic rage when he didn’t get the raise he thought he deserved.

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