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Word of the Day – Jan. 16 – Pricket

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Noun: Pricket  (PRIK-it) Definition: 1: A sharp point or spike for holding a candle. 2: A male deer in its second year, before the antlers have branched. Example sentence: The old candlestick I found in the antique store was beautiful, even though it was no longer usable since the pricket was broken.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 13 – Crepitate

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Verb: Crepitate  (KREP-ih-tayt) Definition: To make a crackling sound: crackle. Example sentence: When I get up in the morning, my joints crepitate for the first few minutes when I walk around.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 12 – Karma

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Noun: Karma  (KAHR-ma) Definition: 1:  A person’s action (bad or good) that determines his or her destiny, in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. 2:  Destiny; fate. 3. An aura or atmosphere generated by someone or something. Example sentence: I firmly believe that those who do evil in their lives will be faced with karma in the […]

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Word of the Day – Jan. 11 – Thaumaturgy

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Noun: Thaumaturgy  (THAW-muh-ter-jee) Definition: The performance of miracles: specifically, magic. Example sentence: David Copperfield’s shows are usually sold out because so many people are intrigued by his expertise in thaumaturgy.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 10 – Maelstrom

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Noun: Maelstrom  (MAIL-strum) Definition: 1: A powerful often violent whirlpool sucking in objects within a given radius. 2: Something resembling a maelstrom in turbulence. Example sentence: The mayor has been swept up in the media maelstrom surrounding the laundering of thousands of dollars in state funds by city officials.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 9 – Senectitude

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Noun: Senectitude  (sih-NEK-tih-tood) Definition: The last stage of life: old age. Example sentence: John is enjoying his senectitude and playing as much golf as he can.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 6 – Oligopsony

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Noun: Oligopsony  (ah-luh-GAHP-suh-nee) Definition: A market situation in which each of a few buyers exerts a disproportionate influence on the market. Example sentence: The small number of supermarkets in the region has created an oligopsony in which the stores can dictate the price they pay to farmers for meat and fresh produce.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 5 – Baleful

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Adjective: Baleful  (BAIL-ful) Definition: 1: Deadly or  pernicious in influence. 2: Foreboding  or threatening evil. Example sentence: The stranger’s face looked like it had been chiselled out of marble, so hard and set was its expression, and his eyes glowed with a baleful light.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 4 – Ultima

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Noun: Ultima  (UL-tuh-muh) Definition: The last syllable of a word. Example sentence: For the last line of her poem, Sheila needed a word with an ultima that rhymed with “green,” so she tried “magazine.”

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Word of the Day – Jan. 3 – Veridical

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Adjective: Veridical  (vuh-RID-ih-kul) Definition: 1: Truthful, veracious. 2: Not illusory, genuine. Example sentence: All psychotherapies are based on the fact that memory is not veridical, that unconscious desires and fantasies exert their force on us all.

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