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59 : vapid [Aug. 28th, 2004|10:48 pm]
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vapid (adj) \VAP-id\

: lacking liveliness, tang, briskness, or force : flat, dull

Example sentence:

The movie was billed as a gripping summer blockbuster but turned out to be a vapid effort with a slow pace and a poorly written script.

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58 : mea culpa [Aug. 28th, 2004|10:45 pm]
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mea culpa (n) \may-uh-KOOL-puh (the "OO" is as in "wool")\

: a formal acknowledgment of personal fault or error

Example sentence:

The principal offered his mea culpa at the school board meeting, but not all the parents accepted it.

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57 : repudiate [Aug. 28th, 2004|10:41 pm]
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repudiate (v) \rih-PYOO-dee-ayt\

1 : to refuse to have anything to do with : disown
*2 : to reject as untrue or unjust

Example sentence:

The clerk repudiated the charges that he had stolen money from the cash register.

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56 : nabob [Aug. 28th, 2004|10:36 pm]
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nabob (n) \NAY-bahb\

1 : a provincial governor of the Mogul empire in India
*2 : a person of great wealth or prominence

Example sentence:

"It's the haunt of international luminaries . . . television pundits, industrial nabobs, visiting royals, best-selling novelists, and anybody who is anybody." (Jay Jacobs, Gourmet, January 1983)

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55 : stolid [Aug. 28th, 2004|10:35 pm]
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stolid (adj) \STAH-lid\

: having or expressing little or no sensibility : unemotional

Example sentence:

The judge was a man of stolid temperament who did not let the impassioned rhetoric of litigants affect his decisions.

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54 : hallmark [Aug. 28th, 2004|10:32 pm]
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hallmark (n) \HAWL-mark\

1 : a mark or device placed or stamped on an article of trade to indicate origin, purity, or genuineness
*2 : a distinguishing characteristic, trait, or feature

Example sentence:

Even when he was in Little League, it was clear that Dave had all the hallmarks of a great baseball player.

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53 : dudgeon [Aug. 28th, 2004|10:30 pm]
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dudgeon (n) \DUH-jun\

: a fit or state of indignation

Example sentence:

The assistant cook stormed out of the kitchen in high dudgeon after being lambasted — unjustifiably, in his opinion — by the head chef.

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52 : precocial [Aug. 28th, 2004|10:28 pm]
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precocial (adj) \prih-KOH-shul\

: capable of a high degree of independent activity from birth

Example sentence:

The precocial offspring of many ducks can run, swim, and find food for themselves within 36 hours of hatching.

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51 : white elephant [Aug. 28th, 2004|10:26 pm]
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white elephant (n) \WYTE-EL-uh-funt\

*1 : a property requiring much care and expense and yielding little profit
2 : an object no longer of value to its owner but of value to others
3 : something of little or no value

Example sentence:

The town's white elephant is the closed theater, which earns no money but costs thousands of dollars to maintain.

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50 : bruit [Aug. 28th, 2004|10:25 pm]
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bruit (v) \BROOT\

: report, rumor — usually used with "about"

Example sentence:

The number of rescues by monks [of the Hospice of the Great St. Bernard] and their dogs is anyone's guess. The figure of 2,500 is bruited about. . . ." (Deborah Lawson, Dog Fancy, Sept. 1991)

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