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Adjective: Lambent  (LAM-buhnt) Definition: 1. Dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly playful. 2. Running or moving lightly over a surface. 3. Softly bright or radiant. Sample sentence: The sea that night gleamed with the moon’s lambent silver and provided a perfect backdrop for young lovers strolling along the shore.  

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Verb: Balkanize  (BAWL-kuh-nyze) Definition: 1. To break up (as a region or a group) into smaller, often hostile units. 2. Divide, compartmentalize. Sample sentence: Richard would like to balkanize his life into personal and professional spheres, but being a public figure, his private life resounds with his public concerns.    

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Verb: Chicane  (shih-KAYN) Definition: To use deception: to trick or cheat. Sample sentence: Claiming to be their long-lost grandson, the scammer tried to chicane the elderly couple into wiring money to him.

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Verb: Execrate  (EK-suh-krayt) Definition: 1. To declare to be evil or detestable: denounce. 2. To detest utterly. Sample sentence: The principal sought to execrate the person who stole the cash box from the office in front of the entire school.

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Adjective: Numismatic  (noo-muz-MAT-ik) Definition: 1. Of or relating to the study of the collection of coins, tokens and money. 2. Of or relating to currency: monetary. Sample sentence: Jasmine was disappointed to learn that the 1936 buffalo nickel she owned had no numismatic value.

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Noun: Viridity  (vuh-RID-uh-tee) Definition: 1.a:  The quality or state of being green. 1.b:  The color of grass or foliage. 2. Naive innocence. Sample sentence: From the top of the mountain was a view of the shimmering bay against the viridity of the forested hills, offering a true post card moment.

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Noun: Jardiniere  (jahr-duh-NEER) Definition: 1. a.  An ornamental stand for plants or flowers. 1. b. A large, usually ceramic, flowerpot holder. 2. A garnish for meat consisting of several cooked vegetables, cut into pieces. Sample sentence: The antique jardiniere in front of the window in Grandma’s living room held a huge fern with fronds that […]

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Adjective: Fiduciary (fuh-DOO-shee-air-ee) Definition: 1. Involving a confidence or trust. 2. Held or holding in trust for another. Sample sentence: While bank trust departments have a fiduciary duty to file claims on behalf of their clients, many are overworked and understaffed.

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Noun: Kludge  (KLOOJ) Definition:  A system and especially a computer system made up of poorly matched components. Sample sentence: Ralph was extremely pleased when his employer bought a new computer system to replace the kludge that always seemed to crash at critical moments.

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Noun: Selfie  (SEL-fee) Definition: An image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks. Sample sentence: Before the game started, David had a chance to take a selfie of himself posing with his favorite players.

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