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Adjective: Tortuous  (TOR-chuh-wus) Definition: 1. Marked by repeated twists, bends or turns: winding. 2. Marked by devious or indirect tactics: crooked, tricky. 3. Circuitous, involved. Sample sentence: After it left the tree, the leaf followed a tortuous path through the air before settling on the ground.

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Noun: Steampunk  (STEEM-punk) Definition: Science fiction dealing with 19th century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology. Sample sentence: The new restaurant has a steampunk theme with exposed duct work, geometric light fixtures and rustic barn doors.

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Adjective: Walleyed  (WAWL-EYED) Definition: 1. Having walleyes or affected with walleye. 2. Marked by a wild irrational staring of the eyes. Sample sentence: After getting beaned by the pitcher, the walleyed batter was immediately checked by the paramedics for signs of a concussion.

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Adjective: Writthen  (rith-uhn) Definition: Archaic, twisted. Sample sentence: The enchanted forest held a long avenue of giant trees, their written limbs arching and interlocking, creating a mystical setting.

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Noun: Hypocorism  (hahy-POK-uh-riz-uhm) Definition: 1. A pet name. 2. The practice of using a pet name. 3. The use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, especially by an adult. Sample sentence: “Little Miss Muffet” was the hypocorism my dad gave me when I was a little girl.

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Noun: Undertaker  (UN-der-tay-ker) Definition: 1. One that undertakes: one that takes the risk and management of business: entrepreneur. 2. One whose business is to prepare the dead for burial and to arrange and manage funerals. 3. An Englishman taking over forfeited lands in Ireland in the 16th and 17th centuries. Sample sentence: The undertaker offered […]

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Adjective: Unregenerate  (un-rih-JEN-uh-rut) Definition: 1. Not spiritually reborn or converted. 2. Not reformed: unreconstructed. 3. Obstinate, stubborn. Sample sentence: Sue sings with a voice that could melt the heart of the most unregenerate musical hater.

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Verb: Grok  (grok) Definition: 1. To understand thoroughly or intuitively. 2. To communicate sympathetically. Sample sentence: Grandma and Grandpa don’t exactly grok how we do things now days, but they try their best to give advice.

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Adjective: Vaunted  (VAWN-tud) Definition: Highly or widely praised or boasted about. Sample sentence: We were able to overcome our opponents’ vaunted defense and achieve an upset victory which will take us to the finals.

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Noun: Epenthesis  (ih-PEN-thuh-sis) Definition: The insertion or development of a sound or letter in the body of the word. Sample sentence: When Yogi Bear talks about swiping “pick-a-nik” baskets, it sounds as if he’s just having fun,  but he’s also demonstrating epenthesis, inserting a vowel to avoid the consonants bumping up against each other.

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