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Word of the Day – Nov. 17 – Deference

Noun: Deference  (DEF-er-uhns) Definition: Submission to another’s will; respect or courtesy. Example sentence: The teacher had to threaten David with detention before he showed deference to her requests to be quiet.

Word of the Day – Nov. 16 – Euphemism

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Noun: Euphemismn  (YOO-fuh-miz-um) Definition: A mild or pleasant word or phrase that is used instead of one that is unpleasant or offensive. Example sentence: The company restructure proved to be a euphemism for lay-offs.

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Word of the Day – Nov. 15 – Consonant

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Adjective: Consonant  (KON-suh-nuhnt) Definition: In agreement; consistent; harmonious. Example sentence: Michael’s strange behavior was not consonant with his usual character.

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Word of the Day – Nov. 14 – Abstruse

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Adjective: Abstruse  (ab-STROOS) Definition: Hard to understand. Example sentence: This textbook is poorly written and unnecessarily abstruse.

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Word of the Day – Nov. 13 – Caustic

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Adjective: Caustic  (KAW-stik) Definition: Harsh and mean. Example sentence: The children were grounded for making caustic remarks to each other.

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Word of the Day – Nov. 10

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Adjective: Contrived  (kuhn-TRYVED) Definition: Artificial, forced or labored. Example sentence: After opening the odd gift,  James gave a contrived smile and said he loved it.

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Word of the Day – Nov. 9 – Circumvent

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Verb: Circumvent  (SUR-kuhm-vent) Definition: To go around or avoid something. Example sentence: My kids always tried to circumvent my authority.

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Word of the Day – Nov. 8 – Explicit

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Adjective: Explicit  (ik-SPLIS-it) Definition: Clearly and directly expressed, specific, definitive. Example sentence: If you were more explicit about the instructions, I would have done it the way you wanted.

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Word of the Day – Nov. 7 – Empirical

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Adjective: Empirical  (em-PIR-ih-kuhl) Definition: Provable and verifiable through observation; not merely theoretical. Example sentence: The empirical data show that homes on the market are decreasing in value.

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Word of the Day – Nov. 6 – Facetious

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Adjective: Facetious  (fuh-SEE-shus) Definition: Not meant to be taken seriously or literally; humorous, sarcastic. Example sentence: He made facetious remarks that perturbed the instructor, but the rest of us found them humorous.

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