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Buttress (noun, verb) Definition: (n.) 1. something that gives support; 2. a support, usually made of stone or brick, which supports a building; (v.) to support or reinforce something. Buttress can be used in the...

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Curriculum (noun) Definition: the courses taught at an educational institution, or the details taught in a particular subject. Curricular is the related adjective and relates to academic study. Example Sentences: – It is necessary these...

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Idiosyncrasy (noun) Definition: a peculiar way of behaving or thinking that is particular to an individual or group. A person’s idiosyncrasy is a peculiar quirk or habit that makes someone unique. Example Sentences: – Steve...

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Adverse (adjective) Definition: 1. characterized by opposition; 2. contrary to one’s interests or welfare; 3. causing harm. Adverse is derived from the Latin adversus, “turned against or hostile.” One may encounter adverse conditions either in...

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Dossier (noun) Definition: A file of documents or records pertaining to a particular person or topic. Dossier comes from the French word meaning “bundle of papers.” You will often hear the word dossier used in...

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Disabuse (verb) Definition: To correct someone’s error, fallacy, or misconception. Disabuse comes from the 17th-century French word desabuser, “to correct someone.” It carried an archaic meaning of “abuse” (a delusion), so that it meant “to...

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Pertinent (adjective) Definition: relevant to the matter at hand. The opposite of pertinent is NOT impertinent, but irrelevant. Impertinent means “rude,” while irrelevant means “unrelated.” Pertinent is slightly more descriptive than relevant, as pertinent refers...

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Reprehensible (adjective) Definition: describes deplorable, highly unacceptable action, deserving severe rebuke. Reprehensible is a very strong word and is used to describe actions that are despicable and condemnable. A reprehensible act is one that, usually,...

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