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MILITATE -

PRONUNCIATION: (MIL-i-tayt)

MEANING:verb intr.: To exert a strong influence, either for or against something.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin militare (to serve as a soldier), from miles (soldier). Over time, the term evolved from its military origins to signify a strong influencing force. Earliest documented use: 1598.
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MILIRATE - one-thousandth of the usual rate

MINITATE - a small London art gallery

MILIATE - Mildred had supper

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INSTAR

PRONUNCIATION: (noun: IN-star, verb: in-STAR)

MEANING: noun: A stage in the life of an insect between two molts, prior to reaching maturity.
verb tr.: To make a star or decorate using stars.

ETYMOLOGY: For noun: From Latin instar (image, form). Earliest documented use: 1895.
For verb: From in- (in, into) + star, from Old English steorra (star). Earliest documented use: 1592.
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INSTARE - to look longingly from the outside through a shop window

INSITAR - the location of objects dropped into the soundhole of an Indian musical insrtument

UNSTAR - to remove an award for special excellence

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INSTIR - where some people spend time because of their convictions

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DIAERESIS or DIERESIS

PRONUNCIATION: (dy-ER-uh-sis)

MEANING: noun:
1. The separation of two adjacent vowel sounds.
2. The mark ¨ placed over a vowel to indicate that it’s pronounced as a separate syllable, for example, in naïve or Brontë.
3. A break in a line of verse when the end of a word coincides with the end of the metric foot.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin diaeresis, from Greek diairesis (division), from diairein (to divide), from dia- (apart) + hairein (take). Earliest documented use: 1656.
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DI, ARES' SIS - Diana is the sister of the god of war

DI AERIES IS - two lofty eagles' nests

DIPARESIS - two limbs are weak (one arm and the other leg)

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FUNAMBULISM

PRONUNCIATION: (fyoo-NAM-byuh-liz-uhm)

MEANING: noun:
1. The act of walking on a rope between two points elevated from the ground.
2. The balancing act between contrasting situations, such as appeasing two groups with opposing views.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin funis (rope) + ambulare (to walk). Earliest documented use: 1801.
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NUNAMBULISM - walking Sisters

FUMAMBULISM - having a cigarette during your peregrinations

FUN A.M. BULLISM - enjoying a rising stock market before noon

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ANACHRONISTIC

PRONUNCIATION: (uh-nak-ruh-NIS-tik)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Out-of-date, old-fashioned.
2. Involving something or someone in the wrong historical period.

ETYMOLOGY: From French anachronisme, from Latin anachronismus, from Greek anakhronismos, from ana-, (backwards) + khronos (time). Earliest documented use: 1778.
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ANACHONISTIC - like Luke's father

Na-CHRONISTIC - salty times

ANNA CHRONISTIC - the teacher for the Siamese King's children follows her own schedule

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KAIROS

PRONUNCIATION: (KY-rahs)

MEANING: noun: The right time for taking an action; a decisive moment.

ETYMOLOGY: From Ancient Greek kairos (a fitting time). In Modern Greek the word means weather or time. Earliest documented use: 1936.
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CAIRO'S - belongs to the Egyptian capital

KAROS - syrupy

PAIR-OS - the computer operating system that Noah used on the Ark

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CHILIAD

PRONUNCIATION: (KIL-ee-ad)

MEANING: noun:
1. A period of a thousand years.
2. A group of 1000.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin chilias, from Greek chilioi (thousand). Earliest documented use: 1598.
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CHILI AD - commercial notice in the Santiago Times

CHOLI-AD - doctors pushing for Gall Bladder surgery

CHE-ILIAD - Cuban revolutionary conquers Troy - read all about it!

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EPOCH

PRONUNCIATION: (EP-uhk, EE-pok)

MEANING: noun: A distinctive time period in history.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin epocha, from Greek epoche (stoppage, pause), from epi- (upon) + ekhein (to stay or hold). Ultimately from the Indo-European root segh- (to hold), which also gave us hectic, scheme, scholar, cathect, and asseverate. Earliest documented use: 1614.
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SPOCH - the Enterprise's ultra-logical Science Officer

ESP, OCH - Extrasensory perception, as practiced in Scotland

EPOACH - 'e's not allowed to hunt on my property, but 'e does it anyway

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ISOCHRONAL

PRONUNCIATION: (eye-SAH-kruh-nuhl, eye-suh-KRO-nuhl)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Equal in time.
2. Occurring at regular intervals.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek iso- (equal) + chronos (time). Earliest documented use: 1680.
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ISOTHRONAL - a political system whereunder the ruler is replaced on a regular basis

MISO-CHRONAL - aged soup

ISOCORONAL - the Queen has many tiaras but they all look exactly the same

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