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Labyrinth

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Labyrinth (noun) – an elaborate and complex pathway, maze, or structure; a part in the inner ear responsible for hearing and balance

Ineffable

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Ineffable (adjective) – beyond comprehension or expression, due to extreme greatness

Lithe

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Lithe (adjective) – in shape, fit, delicate

Bungalow

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Bungalow (noun) – usually a one-story house characterized by a large front porch or veranda; sometimes includes a second story with an arched roof

Effervescent

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Effervescent (adjective) – sparkling, carbonated, dissolvable; lively and extremely enthusiastic

Deft

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Deft (adjective) – quick to think; skilled and forward-thinking

Sorcery

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Sorcery (noun) – the use of dark magic, spells, or witchcraft; often also applied to wizardry

Hullabaloo

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Hullabaloo (noun) – a commotion or disagreement on something

Quintessential

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Quintessential (adjective) – the perfectly ideal outcome, result, or characteristic

Lagoon

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Lagoon (noun) – a body of water often separated from the sea by a reef, sand, or landforms; a pool

Onomatopoeia

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Onomatopoeia (noun) – creating or using a word that sounds similar to how it’s spelled

Brazen

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Brazen (adjective) – bold and shameless

Oblivion

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Oblivion (noun) – being unaware of what is happening; a state of unconsciousness or obliviousness

Nefarious

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Nefarious (adjective) – evil and criminal in nature

Gourmand

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Gourmand (noun) – a person who greatly enjoys eating and drinking, often to excess

Conundrum

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Conundrum (noun) – a puzzling riddle or question; a dilemma

Decadent

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Decadent (adjective) – excessively luxurious or self-indulgent

Glockenspiel

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Glockenspiel (noun) – an instrument made up of tuned keys in which the player taps on them with two sticks

Crevasse

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Crevasse (noun) – a deep crack or fissure, usually in a glacier or the ground

Mollycoddle

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Mollycoddle (verb) – to pamper or coddle, typically in an extreme or indulgent way

Elixir

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Elixir (noun) – a potion, mixture, or medicine

Loquacious

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Loquacious (adjective) – talkative

Honeyed

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Honeyed (adjective) – covered in honey; in conversation, words that are sugarcoated or pleasant

Lament

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Lament (verb) – to strongly mourn or regret, often aloud

Dale

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Dale (noun) – a valley, especially a broad one

Clinomania

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Clinomania (noun) – a strong longing to stay in bed

Braise

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Braise (verb) – to cook in fat and very little liquid, usually slowly in a closed pot

Vellichor

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Vellichor (noun) – a solemn, yet nostalgic admiration of used bookstores

Lychee

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Lychee (noun) – a small, round red fruit with a single large seed surrounded by sweet white flesh

Irksome

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Irksome (adjective) – annoying, exasperating, irritating

Scamper

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Scamper (verb) – to run hurriedly

Bafflegab

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Bafflegab (noun) – language that does not make sense; the opposite of layman’s terms (i.e. jargon)

Toothsome

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Toothsome (adjective) – regarding a person, pleasant or attractive; regarding food, tasty or palatable

Brood

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Brood (noun) – a group of small, baby animals, specifically birds

Incendiary

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Incendiary (adjective) – designed to start fires

Quip

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Quip (noun) – a witty, thoughtful, and smart response

Dice

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Dice (verb) – to cut food or other material into small cubes, usually smaller than half an inch

Brocade

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Brocade (noun) – a richly decorated fabric woven with an elaborate design, especially one with raised patterns and gold or silver thread

Feckless

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Fleckless (adjective) – useless or incompetent; irresponsible

Reel

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Reel (noun) – a round object that can hold film rolls or other materials, like fishing line

Philately

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Philately (noun) – the study and collection of postage stamps

Shuffle

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Shuffle (verb) – to reorder a deck of cards; to move the feet around in a staggering way

Myopic

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Myopic (adjective) – nearsighted; narrow-minded or lacking in imagination

Tranquility

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Tranquility (noun) – a state of absolute calmness or peacefulness

Scrawl

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Scrawl (verb) – to scribble writing down in a quick and sloppy way

Boondoggle

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Boondoggle (noun) – a wasteful, worthless project or activity, often impractical and done to look busy

Frenetic

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Frenetic (adjective) – fast-paced, hectic, and wild

Clandestine

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Clandestine (adjective) – kept or done in secret, especially if illegal or questionable

Trek

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Trek (verb) – to hike, walk, or travel a long distance

Rapscallion

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Rapscallion (noun) – someone who is mischievous and/or causes trouble

Vexillography

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Vexillography (noun) – the art and practice of designing flags

Aurora

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Aurora (noun) – a light in the sky that is usually green purple and/or blue and is often referred to as polar lights

Atelier

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Atelier (noun) – a workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist, artisan, or designer

Idyllic

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Idyllic (adjective) – extremely wonderful or absolutely perfect

Treacle

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Treacle (noun) – a thick, dark syrup very similar to molasses; forced flattery or sentimentality

Ailurophile

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Ailurophile (noun) – someone who loves cats

Supine

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Supine (adjective) – lying with your face upward

Teetotaler

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Teetotaler (noun) – a person who doesn’t drink alcohol

Burgeon

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Burgeon (verb) – to grow and develop quickly; to increase rapidly; to flourish or bloom

Epoch

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Epoch (noun) – a specific time period in history; a time in someone’s life

Balter

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Balter (verb) – to dance clumsily or gracelessly, yet with joy

Insular

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Insular (adjective) – narrowed-minded; uninterested in or ignorant of things beyond one’s own experiences

Sapient

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Sapient (adjective) – having or showing wisdom

Idiosyncratic

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Idiosyncratic (adjective) – distinctive, peculiar, quirky

Fractious

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Fractious (adjective) – unruly, irritable, or quarrelsome

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Gauche

Gauche () – “”

Acrid

Acrid () – “”

Unctuous

Unctuous () – “”

Cloying

Cloying () – “”

Surreptitious

Surreptitious () – “”

Polemical

Polemical () – “”

Sagacious

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Legerdemain

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