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MYSTERY WORD OF THE DAY
- astrobiology: the branch of biology concerned with the study of life on earth and in
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space.
congeal: to make thick or hard, especially by cooling or freezing
condole: to express sympathy or sorrow for one suffering misfortune or pain
commiserate: express or feel sympathy or pity; sympathize
belligerence: a very aggressive or hostile attitude; warlike nature
automation: the use of machines rather than people to do work
bibliophil: a lover or collector of books
incompatible: not able to be together in a peaceful or happy way
impetuous: done suddenly and without much thought; impulsive
simulated: to imitate or reproduce the appearance, sound, or other external
characteristics or qualities of
- benediction: a blessing, esp. the one pronounced over the congregation by the
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clergyman at the end of a religious service
biohazard: a biological substance or condition that endangers human life or health
diabolical: having qualities like those of the Devil or a devil; fiendish; malevolent
subsatellite: an object carried into orbit in and subsequently released from a satellite or
spacecraft.
pediatrician: a medical practitioner specializing in children and their diseases.
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vociferous: crying out, esp. in protest; vocal; clamorous
monocle: an eyeglass for only one eye
inflexible: not able to be bent, or not easy to bend; stiff
immeasurable: impossible to measure; very great
monarch: a ruler such as a king, queen, or emperor
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- bicentennial: occurring once every two hundred years, lasting for two hundred years or
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a two hundred year anniversary
triathlon: an athletic contest in which contestants participate in three continuous
events, usually swimming, cycling, and running, timed as one race
fortification: something that adds strength or fortifies
geothermal: having to do with the heat produced inside the earth
protuberance: a thing that protrudes from something else
- decarbonize: to remove carbon from
- susceptibility: the state or fact of being likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a
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particular thing
orthography: the art of correct spelling
monogram: a motif of two or more letters, typically a person's initials, usually
interwoven or otherwise combined in a decorative design, used as a logo or to identify
a personal possession.
Supercilious: behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others
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hydroplane: A seaplane; a boat that can rise or light on water
gratuitous: given or done free of charge
reiterate: say something again or a number of times, typically for emphasis or clarity.
perfunctory: carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection
hydraulic: operated, moved, or brought about by means of water
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emancipate: Release; set free
mellifluous: having a smooth rich flow
disseminate: to spread abroad as though sowing seed
interloper: one that intrudes in a place or sphere of activity
dutiful: filled with or motivated by a sense of duty
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missive: A note which can be sent by messenger
mediator: a negotiator who acts as a link between parties
bemusement: to make confused
anagram: a word or phrase made by transposing the letters of another word or phrase
solidify: to make solid, compact, or hard
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- cacophonous: having an unpleasant sound
- necropolis: A cemetery, especially a large and elaborate one belonging to an
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ancient city
misconstrue: to interpret (something, such as a statement or action) wrongly
abrasion: a wearing, grinding, or rubbing away by friction
plentitude: Abundance; state of fullness
salutation: A polite expression of greeting or goodwill.
circumspect: careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences: prudent
paraphernalia: personal belongings: articles of equipment
phosphorescence: luminescence that is caused by the absorption of radiations (such as
light or electrons) and continues for a noticeable time after these radiations have
stopped
expediency: an enterprise requiring haste or caution
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sentry: guard, watch
deconstruct: destroy , demolish
contravene: to go or act contrary to: violate
biosphere: The part of the earth and its atmosphere in which living organisms
exist or that is capable of supporting life.
autobiographic: he biography of a person narrated by himself or herself
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unequivocal: admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding
unanimity: everyone being of one mind
perpetrate: to be responsible for; commit
extraction: To draw or pull out, often with great force or effort
scrimmage: a minor battle : skirmish
- vacuole: A small cavity in space or tissue which contains air or fluid
- inadvertently: Something that is done inadvertently is not intentionally done but is an
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accident because one is not being attentive to one’s surroundings.
extemporaneous: done without any preparation or practice beforehand.
dauntless: incapable of being intimidated or subdued: fearless
subversive: An act undertaken usually to overthrow or do significant harm to a
government or other institution.
- vivarium: A place, such as an enclosure or facility, used for keeping living animals for
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observation or research.
revitalize: to give new life or vigour to
enamour: To inspire with love; captivate
preexist: To exist before (something); precede
adamantly: with great insistence or determination
- provenance: An objects birthplace or the place from which it originally came.
- adventitious: Something that happens unexpectedly and by chance that is not inherent
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or natural to a given item or situation
pericope: An extract or selection from a book, especially a reading from a Scripture
that forms part of a church service.
hypothetical: based on possible situations or events rather than actual ones
enslavement: the act of making slaves of your captives
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altercation: A heated, sometimes violent quarrel or conflict
antescript: a note added before or above
surreal: marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream
contextualize: to place (something, such as a word or activity) in a context
imminent: ready to take place: happening soon
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chronological: of, relating to, or arranged in or according to the order of time
Omnium-gatherum: a miscellaneous collection (as of things or persons)
antipathy: a deep-seated dislike of something or someone
unabridged: not shortened by condensing or rewriting
empower: to give official authority or legal power to
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telemarketer: the marketing of goods or services by telephone
theocracy: Government directed by priests or clergy representing God
endothermic: characterized by or formed with absorption of heat
obtuse: slow to understand things, or deliberately does not try to figure things out.
tomfoolery: foolish behaviour; something trivial or foolish; nonsense
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transcript: a usually typed copy of dictated or recorded material
epidemic: A widespread disease that comes “upon” people
felicitous: pleasant, delightful
cacophonous: harsh-sounding
obnoxious: odiously or disgustingly objectionable; highly offensive
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proclivity: the tendency to behave in a particular way or to like a particular thing.
wretchedness: deeply afflicted, dejected, or distressed in body or mind
nutritionist: a specialist in the study of nutrition
prodigious: causing wonder or astonishment
protrude: to extend outward beyond a usual point
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posterior: situated behind
posterity: all future generations
insignificant: lacking meaning or import
traditionalism: adherence to the doctrines or practices of a tradition
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interior: the inside; the inner part
influx: an inward flow
catacomb: underground burial place
catapult: an ancient apparatus for hurling stones
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