Implacable [im-PLAK-ə-bəl]

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: French, 16th century

1. Unable to be placated.
2. Relentless; unstoppable.

Examples of implacable in a sentence

“Charlie tried appealing to the principal to cancel his suspension for pranks and mischief, but she was implacable.”

“When it comes to enforcing our teenage son’s nightly curfew, my husband and I are implacable.”


Effulgence [ih-FUHL-jəns]

Part of speech: noun
Origin: English, 17th century

1. A state of being bright and radiant; splendor, brilliance.

Examples of effulgence in a sentence

“Camille was stunned silent by the effulgence of the sun rising across the Grand Canyon.”

“After walking an hour in the rainy dark, the effulgence of my living room’s bright lights and roaring fire was a welcome sight.”


Diaspora [dahy-AS-pər-ə]

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, 17th century

1. The dispersion or spread of a people from their original homeland.
2. People who have spread or been dispersed from their homeland.

Examples of diaspora in a sentence

“The largest population center for the Jewish diaspora is the United States, which has a larger Jewish population than Israel.”

“The Irish diaspora didn’t exist until the 19th century, when Irish people fled famine to begin new lives in the United States, Canada, and Australia.”


Skookum [SKOO-kəm]

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Chinook Jargon, mid-19th century

1. (Of a person or animal) Strong, brave, or impressive.

Examples of skookum in a sentence

“Growing up, I had a skookum cat who feared none of the neighborhood dogs.”

“The documentary explained how the skookum grizzly bears would grab salmon out of the water to hunt.”


Rhonchisonant [ron-KIH-soh-nənt]

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 17th century

1. Making a snorting noise; snorting.

Examples of rhonchisonant in a sentence

“Emerging from the dusty barn, John cleared his throat with a loud rhonchisonant noise.”

“Raccoons can be surprisingly rhonchisonant with their pig-like snorts.”


Prefatory [PREHF-ə-tohr-ee]

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 17th century

1. Serving as an introduction; introductory.

Examples of prefatory in a sentence

“Before screening “Citizen Kane,” the cinema club president made a few prefatory remarks about the film’s place in history.”

“The new edition of Emily Dickinson’s poems comes with nearly 100 pages of prefatory essays on the poet’s life and her influence on the history of literature.”


Subsume [səb-SOOM]

Part of speech: verb
Origin: Latin, 16th century

1. Include or absorb (something) in something else.

Examples of subsume in a sentence

“YouTube started out as an independent company before it was subsumed by Google.”

“I was worried my promotion announcement would be subsumed by my brother’s news that he was getting married, so I waited for another day to tell my family.”


Phalanx [FEY-leynx]

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, 16th century

1. A group of people or things of a similar type forming a compact body.

Examples of phalanx in a sentence

“Getting off the plane, I passed a phalanx of families waiting to be reunited with loved ones.”

“Every Saturday just before lunch, a phalanx of parents with strollers makes the park nearly impassable.”


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