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/'gɒsəmə(r)/ a.
sheer, light, delicate, or tenuous
They would laugh in [___] tones, and then move on gracefully to someone else, sometimes moving gracefully at speeds exceeding 40 mph.


Spelling Word: gossamer
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/'hɑrbɪndʒə(r)/ n. Syn. forerunner
forerunner; an indication of approach of something or someone
The crocus is an early [___] of spring.


Spelling Word: harbinger
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/haɪ'pɜrbəlɪ/ n. Syn. exaggeration; overstatement
figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis; overstatement
As far as I'm concerned, Apple's claims about the new computer are pure hyperbole: no machine is that good!


Spelling Word: hyperbole
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/ɪdɪə'sɪŋkrəsɪ/ n.
behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
One Richard Nixon's little [___] was his liking for ketchup on cottage cheese.


Spelling Word: idiosyncrasy
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/ɪ'mækjʊlət/ a. Syn. spotless; flawless
spotless; flawless; absolutely clean
Chatman said her mom and dad always kept their vehicles in [___] shape.


Spelling Word: immaculate
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/ɪm'peɪl/ v. Syn. pierce
pierce; kill by piercing with a spear or sharp
His adversary hurled a spear to [___] him.


Spelling Word: impale
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/ɪm'pɔ:t/ v.
bring in from another country
Despite being one of the world's largest oil exporters, Nigeria refines only a very small proportion of even its own fuel needs, and has to [___] the rest - a severe and unnecessary drain on resources.


Spelling Word: import
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/'ɪnfərəns/ n.
inferring by deduction or induction; truth or proposition drawn from another which is admitted or supposed to be true; conclusion; deduction
If he is guilty, then by [___] so is she; both should be in trouble.


Spelling Word: inference
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/ɪn'sɪdɪəs/ a. Syn. treacherous; stealthy; sly
spreading harmfully in a subtle manner; designed or adapted to entrap
More [___] is the whole issue of the second amendment.


Spelling Word: insidious
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/'dʒɑrgən/ n. Syn. gibberish
language used by a special group; technical terminology; nonsensical or meaningless talk
The computer salesmen at the store used a [___] of their own that we simply couldn't follow.


Spelling Word: jargon