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The Closing Word: Vagary

This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it. This week’s closing word: vagary Pronounced: (VAYG-uh-ree) Noun: an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person’s behavior, etc.) From Vocabulary.com: [...]

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The Closing Word: Acclivity

This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it. This week’s closing word: acclivity Pronounced: (ah-CLIV-uh-tee) Noun: an upward slope or grade (as in a road) From Vocabulary.com: The word acclivity traces back to [...]

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The Closing Word: Dross

This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it. This week’s closing word: dross Pronounced: (dross) Noun: 1. worthless or dangerous material that should be removed 2. the scum formed by oxidation at [...]

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The Closing Word: Puerile

This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it. This week’s closing word: puerile Pronounced: (PURE-uhl) Adjective: 1. displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity 2. of or characteristic of a child From Vocabulary.com: [...]

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The Closing Word: Cavil

This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it. This week’s closing word: cavil Pronounced: (CAV-ill) Verb: raise trivial objections Noun: an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions [...]

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The Closing Word: Contretemps

This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it. This week’s closing word: contretemps Pronounced: (CON-tre-tahn) Noun: an awkward clash From Vocabulary.com: “The word contretempis French – contre means “against” and temps means “time.” A mishap, perhaps caused [...]

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The Closing Word: Maunder

This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it. This week’s closing word: maunder Pronounced: (MON-durr) Verb: 1. speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly 2. talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice [...]

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The Closing Word: Inure

This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it. This week’s closing word: inure Pronounced: (in-YOOR) Verb: cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate From Vocabulary.com: “Although the Latin roots of inure mean [...]

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The Closing Word: Impuissance

This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it. This week’s closing word: impuissance Pronounced: (im-PYOO-ih-since, im-PWIH-since, ahm-PWEE-saunce) Noun: powerlessness revealed by an inability to act From Vocabulary.com: “When faced with a situation when [...]

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The Closing Word: Codicil

This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it. This week’s closing word: codicil Pronounced: (COD-ih-sill) Noun: a supplement to a will; a testamentary instrument intended to alter an already executed will From Vocabulary.com: [...]

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