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Spartan

SPARTAN
Pronounced: Spar-tan
Synonyms: Hardy; brave; simple
Definition: Being strong and able to do without fancy things.
Sentence: You were Spartan and you got into great shape because you exercised hard.
Memory Trick: Spar - tan Spar (reminds of) sparse or to be simple and plain Tan (reminds of) tan When we are sparse, we become tan and fit.
SPARSE TAN


Question: You're lying in a lounge chair. I espy you. Do you stop lounging?
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Answer: No. Espy means to see from a distance. You don't see me.

Duplicity

DUPLICITY
Pronounced: Dew-plis-sit-tee
Synonyms: Deceptive; deceit; sneaky
Definition: Telling lies or double speaking.
Sentence: Your duplicity is obvious because I can tell you are lying.
Memory Trick: Dup - licit - ty Dup (reminds of) dupe or to trick someone Licit (reminds of) illicit or illegal You trick someone in an illegal way, when you lie.
DUPE - ILLICIT

Question:  I give you a thousand dollars. You aggrandize it and give it back to me. Am I happy?

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Answer: Yes. You give me more. Aggrandize means to make bigger.

Swank

SWANK
Pronounced: Swanc
Synonyms: Fancy; Swagger; Grand
Definition: Very showy in a big, elegant, way
Sentence: The store had swank because the new drapes were beautiful.
Memory Trick: Swan - k Swan (reminds of) swan or a beautiful bird It's pretty like a swan, when it has swank.
SWAN


Question: Your money is efflorescence. Are you happy?

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Answer: Yes! Efflorescence means to flower or grow.

Abridge

ABRIDGE <Ah-bridj>
Abbreviate; truncate; shorten Condensing something while keeping the general idea.
Abridge the book and it will be half the size because the extra words are removed.
Bridge (reminds) Bridge
We bridge and connect words by removing the extra words.
BRIDGE


Question: Your house is capacious! What kind of house do you have?
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Answer: You have a spacious house. It is big and roomy. Remember: Capacious sounds like spacious.

Agrarian

AGRARIAN
Pronounced: Ah-grair-re-an
Synonyms: Rural; peasant; farming
Definition: Being a field or a large piece of green land.
Sentence: The agrarian people farm all day.
Memory Trick: A - grarian Grarian (reminds of) green or green grass The green grass covers the agrarian countryside.
GREEN GRASS

Question: We are at the zoo and the lion cage is empty. I turn around and you are lionized. Your nametag is blank, but I call your name and tell you to run. How did I know, who you are?



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Lionized means to be treated like a famous person. Being famous, I know your name.

Egregious

EGREGIOUS
Pronounced: Ee-gre-jis
Synonyms: Shocking; extreme; glaring
Definition: Something that is very bad, in an offensive way.
Sentence: The egregious bird stole our bait and we were all shocked and surprised.
Memory Trick: E - gregious Gregious (reminds of) outrageous It is outrageous that you did something, so egregious.
OUTRAGEUOUS

Question: You see your faux face in a faucet. What happened to your face?

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Email Us: WebMaster@NewWordADay.com (C) 2013 E. Carruthers Answer: Nothing. You see your reflection. It's fake because it is a reflection. Faux means fake.



Nascent

NASCENT
Pronounced: Na-sent
Synonyms: Beginning; promising; growing
Definition: The new start of a thing that will continue on a long time.
Sentence: The company was nascent when I started and I was the first employee.
Memory Trick: N - ascent Ascent (reminds of) ascent or rising up We begin the ascent by with the first step
ASCENT

Question: Do you have trepidation, about going out, in tepid weather?

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Email Us: WebMaster@NewWordADay.com (C) 2013 E. Carruthers Answer:  No! Tepid means warm. Trepidation means to have fear.

Hackneyed

HACKNEYED

hak-need

It is a hackneyed, cliché. It is, overused.

An Overused, saying.

stale . commonplace . unoriginal

hack - neyed
hack (reminds of) hack, or a person, who is not, very good
neyed (sounds like) need

A hack is needed, when you cannot think, of something new to say.

HACK NEED

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Judicious

JUDICIOUS
Pronounced: Ju-dish-ish
Synonyms: Wise; Sober; Sane
Definition: Being reasonable when you make a decision.
Sentence: You are a judicious manager because you are fair to your workers.
Memory Trick: Judic - Ious Judic (reminds of) judge or someone who is fair You are a good judge, when you are judicious.
JUDGE


Question: I am incredulous because you are sedulous. What did I say?

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I am amazed because you are paying attention. Sedulous means paying persistent attention. © 2013E. Carruthers


Credence

CREDENCE
Pronounced: Kre-dense
Synonyms: Belief; trust; acceptance
Definition: Believing that something is true.
Sentence: I give credence to the gossip because I believe the rumors.
Memory Trick: Cred - ence Cred (reminds of) credible Ence (sounds like) sense We know it's credible when it makes sense.
CREIDBLE SENSE

Question:  I have an animus. You have an animus. Does everyone have an animus?

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No. Animus means having hatred. A lot of people don't have one. The sun is shinning. It's a sunny  day!
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Ambrosial

AMBROSIAL
am-bro-she-al

It was ambrosial. It was delicious.

Pleasing to taste.

excellent . luscious

ambrosia - l
ambrosia (reminds of) ambrosia

Ambrosia, is a delicious, cake.

AMBROSIA

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Aspersion

ASPERSION
Pronounced: Ah-spur-shun
Synonyms: Defame; libel; slander
Definition: Telling a lie to hurt the reputation of someone.
Sentence: He was insulted by the aspersion because the accusation was not true.
Memory Trick: Asp - persion Asp (reminds of) asp or a snake Persion (reminds of) person You act like an asp person when you tell lies
ASP PERSON

You serve a chicken dinner with verve and ketchup. Was dinner enjoyable?
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Yes. Verve means enthusiasm. You served it with excitement and energy.
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Ineffable

INEFFABLE
Pronounced: In-ef-ah-bul
Synonyms: Indescribable; unspeakable; nameless
Definition: Something that cannot be expressed with words
Sentence: The flowers left us in effable awe because no words could describe their beauty.
Memory Trick: Inef - fable Inef (reminds of) inept or not good at something Fable (reminds of) a fable or to tell a story We are inept at telling a fable.
INEPT FABLE


You are contrary to being a culinary. What don't you like to do?

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Cook. A culinary is a chef. Contrary means to be a person who is opposed to something. You are opposed to being a cook. Feed me please.

Levity

LEVITY
Pronounced: Lev-it-tee
Synonyms: Giddy; mirth; amusement
Definition: Enjoying happy things.
Sentence: The joke brought levity into the room and laughter and smiles followed.
Memory Trick: Levit - y Levit (reminds of) levitate or to raise up It will levitate our spirits when there is levity.
LEVITATE

Question: I say, "You are apposite to a fun party."Why do you smile?
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Answer: Apposite means being relevant to or a good match. Where you thinking opposite?


Accolade

ACCOLADE
Pronounced: Ak-co-laid
Synonyms: Praise; applaud; salute
Definition: Anything that shows appreciation
Sentence: The accolade surprised me because I did not expect everyone to cheer.
Memory Trick: Accol - Ade Accol (reminds of) acclaim Ade (reminds of) Ade or a drink The acclaim we drink like Ade because so much is given.
ACLAIM ADE

 Question: How many utters does a cow have?



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Answer: None. Cows can't talk. The meaning of Utter is to talk. Cows have udders.© 2013E. Carruthers

Anomaly

ANOMALY
Pronounced: Ah-nom-al-ee
Synonyms: Odd; deviation; rarity
Definition: Being something that is out of the ordinary.
Sentence: Snowing in the summer is an anomaly because it never happens.
Memory Trick: Anomal - y Anomal (reminds of) abnormal It is abnormal when something unusual occurs.
ABNORMAL

Question: You go to a laudation. You bring clothes, money and laundry soap. You use suds and torrid water. Why did your clothes not get cleaned? Subscribe to New Word A DayGet the book! 365 Words. Makes a great gift,Email: WebMaster@NewWordADay.com
Answer: A laudation is a tribute. Someone is praised with a speech at a laudation. No laundry will be washed. © 2013E. Carruthers

Derivative

Question: You amalgamate a white sock and a black sock. What animal do you look like?DERIVATIVE
Pronounced: Dee-riv-ah-tiv
Synonyms: Unoriginal; adapted; secondary
Definition: Something copied from a previous version.
Sentence: Yogurt is a derivative of milk because it is made from milk.
Memory Trick: Deriv - ative Deriv (reminds of) derive or to come from Ative (reminds of) active We derive the active thing from something else.
DERIVE ACTIVE Answer: A zebra. Amalgamate means to blend or combine. You are wearing black and white like the colors of a zebra.
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Equivocate

Do you feel splenetic because the day is splendid?


EQUIVOCATE
Pronounced: Ee-qwiv-vo-kate
Synonyms: Con; evade; falsify
Definition: Avoiding a statement in order to deceive someone.
Sentence: The child will equivocate and not confess because he does not want to be punished.
Memory Trick: E - quiv - vocate Quiv (reminds of) quiz Vocate (reminds of) vocal We make a quiz when we are vocal because we do not want to tell the truth.
QUIZ VOCAL


No. You feel less splenetic. Splenetic means gloomy or sullen. A splendid day makes you happy.




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The instructions were ambiguous.

Question: A denizen comes into the house. You run out and do not want to be seen. The denizen lets out a yowl and chases you down the street. You faint. What are you?




AMBIGUOUS
Pronounced: Am-big-you-owse
Synonyms: Unclear; vague; uncertain
Definition: Something that is puzzling because it has many meanings.
Sentence: The instructions were ambiguous because they did not make any sense.
Memory Trick: Am - big - uous Am (reminds of) am or to be Big (reminds of) big or very large I am too big to understand.
AM BIG

Answer: A robber. A denizen is a resident. The person lives there and you do not.

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