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Words of the Week 01

byvelvetpie©

Whenever I read, I keep a pencil handy and I underline words that I don’t know and dog ear the page so that I can go back and look them up in the dictionary. I have always been interested in etymology and even took Latin for three years. I hope that these words can help all of us in our writings. Be sure to check out your dictionary for additional usages of the words and spellings associated with changing the word from adjective to adverb to noun … etc.


ABLUTION
noun

Pronounced: ab-LOO-shun

Meaning: The washing of one’s body or part of it as a religious rite.

Example: A common example of ablution in Judaism is washing the hands before a meal that includes bread.

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CLANDESTINE
adjective

Pronounced: clan-DES-tin

Meaning: Marked by, held in, or conducted with secrecy or concealment.

Example: Mike and Sally made clandestine plans for their mother’s surprise birthday party.

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INDOCTRINATE
verb

Pronounced: in-DOC-trin-ate

Meaning: To give instructions especially in fundamentals or rudiments.

Example: Special classes were designed to indoctrinate new employees.

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MALEDICTION
noun

Pronounced: mal-a-DIC-shun

Meaning: Curse.

Example: The villain’s last words were a malediction on the entire royal family.

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OLFACTORY
adjective

Pronounced: ole-FAC-tory

Meaning: Of, relating to, or connected with the sense of smell.

Example: Humans have relatively weak olfactory abilities compared to many other animals.

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PAUCITY
noun

Pronounced: PAW-city

Meaning: A small number or fewness.

Example: The choir suffered from a paucity of male voices.

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BEVY
noun

Pronounced: BEV-ee

Meaning: An unusually large group or collection.

Example: A bevy of reporters crowded around the gold medal winner.

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REGURGITATE
verb

Pronounced: re-GUR-gi-tate

Meaning: To throw up, cast out or pour out again.

Example: Brenda watched the redbird regurgitate food to feed his nestlings.

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SOMNAMBULANT
adjective

Pronounced: som-NAM-bue-lent

Meaning: Walking or addicted to walking while asleep.

Example: Sheila could remember nothing of her somnambulant activities when she was told of them the next morning.

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ZEPHYR
noun

Pronounced: ZEF-fur

Meaning: A soft warm breeze from the West.

Example: The gentle zephyr was not sufficient to keep Renee’s kite airborne.

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DETERRENT
noun

Pronounced: de-TUR-rent

Meaning: Something that discourages or prevents from acting by fear or consideration of unpleasant consequences.

Example: The police hoped that Ted’s severe jail sentence would serve as a deterrent to criminal activity by the other gang members.

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JETTISON
verb

Pronounced: JET-tih-sohn

Meaning: Drop (as auxiliary equipment, bombs, cargo or fuel) from an airplane in flight (as for lightening the load or providing greater safety).

Example: The airplane’s malfunctioning engine prompted the crew to jettison all unnecessary cargo.

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VINCULUM
noun

Pronounced: VINK-u-lum

Meaning: A unifying bond.

Example: Their mutual love of dolls is the vinculum between Delia and Christine, who are otherwise very different.

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HERMITAGE
noun

Pronounced: HER-mi-tidge

Meaning: A secluded residence or private retreat.

Example: Dave’s father has always dreamed of living in the city during the week and escaping to some country hermitage on the weekends.

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TURMOIL
noun

Pronounced: TURR-moyl

Meaning: An utterly confused, extremely agitated or tumultuous state or condition.

Example: Jacob experienced unrelenting turmoil after his parents informed him that the family might move.

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EGREGIOUS
adjective

Pronounced: uh-GREE-jus

Meaning: Flagrant or glaringly evident.

Example: As a medical researcher, Laura knew that many reports of medical breakthroughs on television contained egregious errors.

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QUISLING
noun

Pronounced: KWIS-ling

Meaning: A traitorous national who aids the invader of his country and often serves as chief agent or puppet governor.

Example: Many French citizens thought that Marshal Petain, head of the Vichy regime during World War II, was little better than a quisling.

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LAMPOON
noun

Pronounced: lam-POON

Meaning: A light mocking satire.

Example: The new movie is a lampoon of the horror films that are made especially for teenagers.

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FIEFDOM
noun

Pronounced: FEEF-dum

Meaning: An area over which one exercises control.

Example: The manager’s fiefdom consisted of two departments and the company newsletter.

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UNREQUITED
adjective

Pronounced: un-ree-KWITE-ted

Meaning: Not returned in kind.

Example: Several passages in the novel were devoted to Harriet’s unrequited love for Mr. Ethan.

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GREGARIOUS
adjective
Meaning: Marked by an instinctive or temperamental preference for a social rather than a solitary existence.

Example: Because of their gregarious nature, dogs make good house pets.

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YEOMANRY
noun

Pronounced: YO-men-ree

Meaning: The whole body of small farmers who cultivate their own land; specifically, the body of small landed proprietors of the middle class.

Example: Among the legal privileges of the yeomanry was the right to serve as a juror.

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KUDOS
noun

Pronounced: KUU-doze

Meaning: Praises given for achievement.

Example: Daphne received many kudos from the drama coach after her performance in the school play.

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