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Noun: Swashbuckler  (SWAWSH-buhk-ler) Definition: A swaggering swordman, soldier, or adventurer; daredevil. Sample sentence: I love a good movie with a damsel in distress who gets rescued by a handsome swashbuckler.

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Noun: Hobbit  (HOB-it) Definition: A member of a fictitious peaceful and genial race of small humanlike creatures that dwell underground. Sample sentence: Anthony attended the science-fiction and fantasy convention dressed like a hobbit.

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Noun: Roustabout  (ROWSS-tuh-bowt) Definition: 1. A deckhand or a person who loads and unloads ships at a seaport. 2. An unskilled or semiskilled laborer, especially in an oil field or refinery. 3. A circus worker who erects and dismantles tents, cares for the grounds, and handles animals and equipment. 4. A person with no permanent […]

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Noun: Unreality  (uhn-ree-AL-i-tee) Definition: 1. Something that is unreal, invalid, imaginary or illusionary. 2. Lack of reality: quality of being unreal. 3. Incompetence or impracticality, especially in everyday matters. Sample sentence: In Iceland, a nation where 54 percent of the population believes in elves, the line dividing reality and unreality can be elusive.

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Noun: Caparison  (kuh-PAIR-uh-sun) Definition: 1. a: An ornamental covering for a horse. b: Decorative trappings and harness. 2. Rich clothing: adornment. Sample sentence: A group of horses outfitted in medieval caparison were standing near the area where the festival’s jousting would begin.

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Verb: Parse  (PARSS) Definition: 1. To resolve (as a sentence) into component parts of speech and describe them grammatically. Also, to describe grammatically by stating the part of speech and explaining the inflection and syntactical relationships. 2. To examine in a minute way: analyze critically. Sample sentence: The lawyer tried to meticulously parse the wording […]

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Adjective: Esoteric  (es-uh-TAIR-ik) Definition: 1. a: Designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone. b: Requiring or exhibiting knowledge that is restricted to a small group;  difficult to understand. 2.  a: Limited to a small circle. b. Private, confidential. 3. Of special, rare or unusual interest. Sample sentence: Some of the terms used in […]

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Adjective:  (lak-uh-DEY-zi-kuhl) Definition: 1. Without interest, vigor, or determination; listless, lethargic. 2. Lazy, insolent. Sample sentence: Jeremy took a really lackadaisical attitude toward his job, which was the major reason he was eventually let go.

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Noun: Libertine  (LIB-er-teen) Definition: 1. A freethinker especially in religious matters. 2. A person who is unrestrained by convention or morality: specifically, one leading a dissolute life. Sample sentence: Don Juan is known as a famous libertine who seduced countless women.

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Adjective: Gossamer  (GAH-suh-mer) Definition: Extremely light, delicate, or tenuous. Sample sentence: Except for a few gossamer clouds, the sky was clear and blue.

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