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Aug
14
2014

repartee

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re pər ti [or] re par teI

noun

definition 1: a quick, clever reply; witty retort.
He was stunned at her clever repartee and was momentarily at a loss for words.
definition 2: conversation characterized by this type of reply; clever banter.
She invited brilliant playwrights and novelists to her dinner parties because she enjoyed their repartee.
definition 3: skill in making witty replies.
He’s intelligent and thoughtful, but he has little repartee.

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Aug
13
2014

aggrandize

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ə graen daIz
1. to increase in size or scope; enlarge; extend.
Plans were made to further aggrandize the palace.
2.  to make, or cause to appear, grander in wealth, stature, power, or influence; exalt.
In his autobiography, the former president aggrandizes his role in the peace agreement.
His service to the king had aggrandized him; he was now a member of the nobility with a large estate.

 

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Aug
12
2014

rigor

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rI gər

noun

definition 1: strictness, severity, inflexibility, or harshness, as of manner, judgment, or law.
The law was enforced with great rigor.

definition 2: severity or harshness of living conditions, climate, or other circumstances.
These tires are meant to handle the rigors of winter weather.

definition 3: a particular severe, harsh, or cruel act or circumstance.
He could not forget the rigors that he had endured in the hands of his captors.

definition 4: strict or scrupulous accuracy; precision; exactness.
The research was carried out with scientific rigor.

definition 5: a condition of rigidity in muscle tissues, such that they cannot respond to stimuli.
The injection caused rigor.

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Aug
11
2014

rife

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adjective

raIf

1. common or frequent; widespread.
Cheating is rife in that school.

2. plentiful or abundant.

3. full of; pervaded with.
The office is rife with rumors.

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Aug
08
2014

sesquipedalian

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ses kwih pə deI li ən

adjective

1: inclined to use long words.
2: of words and expressions, having many syllables.

 noun
a word with many syllables.

Word Parts
The word sesquipedalian contains the following part:
ped1, pedi, -pede –Latin root that means foot, feet

 

 

 

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