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Adjective: Marmoreal  (mahr-MOR-ee-ul) Definition: Of, relating to, or suggestive of marble or a marble statue especially in coldness or aloofness. Example sentence: The Taj Mahal, with its marmoreal splendor, has moved many poets to wax eloquent about its beauty.

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Adjective: Bumptious  (BUMP-shus) Definition: Presumptuously, obtusely, and often noisily self-assertive: obtrusive. Example sentence: The talk show often features interesting guests, but the bumptious host’s tendency to turn the interview back to himself can get annoying.

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Adjective: Whilom  (WYE-lum) Definition: Former Example sentence: I was pleased to find an interview with the whilom president of my alma mater in the local paper.

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Noun: Challah  (KHAH-luh) Definition: Egg-rich yeast-leavened bread that is usually braided or twisted before baking and is traditionally eaten by Jews on the Sabbath and holidays. Example sentence: My father made a blessing over the challah before it was broken and passed around the table.

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Adjective: Jocund  (JAH-kund) Definition: Marked by or suggestive of high spirits and lively mirthfulness. Example sentence: Clayton gave a jocund shout when he entered the room and saw the many friends who had come for his surprise 50th birthday celebration.

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Noun: Peccadillo  (pek-uh-DIL-oh) Definition: A slight offense. Example sentence: Mark’s thank-you note to his hostess was sincere and touching; his only peccadillo was addressing her by her first name instead of “Mrs. Henderson.”

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Verb: Gruntle  (GRUN-tul) Definition: To put in a good humor. Example sentence: The hour-long wait at the restaurant irked us, but once we were seated, our amiable waiter was able to gruntle us in just a few short minutes.    

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Noun: Alpenglow  (AL-pun-gloh) Definition: A reddish glow often seen on the summits of mountains just before sunrise or just after sunset. Example sentence: As the sun dipped below the horizon, I stood on the porch of the remote cabin and waited for appearance of the soft shimmering of the alpenglow.

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Verb: Herald  (HAIR-uld) Definition: 1: To give notice of: announce. 2: To greet especially with enthusiasm: hail. Also, publicize. 3: To signal the approach of: foreshadow. Example sentence: After months of winter, I start to look for the return of the robins to herald the beginning of spring.

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Adjective: Obstreperous  (ub-STREP-uh-rus) Definition: 1: Marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness: clamorous. 2: Stubbornly resistant to control: unruly. Example sentence: After two months at sea with dwindling food supplies and declining confidence in the captain, the ship’s crew became obstreperous and began to plot a mutiny.

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