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Definition of philanthropy (noun)
charity; unselfishness; goodwill toward mankind

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After years of donating time and money to the children's hospital, Mrs. Elderwood was commended for her philanthropy.

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Definition of permeable (adjective)
porous; allowing to pass through; penetrable

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Because the material was permeable, the water was able to drain.

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Definition of besmirch (verb)
to dirty; to stain; to sully; to soil

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The soot from the chimney will besmirch clean curtains.

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Definition of sojourn (verb)
to stay temporarily

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The family will sojourn at their summer home.
The guest remained only for a sojourn; she was going to leave in the afternoon.

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Definition of jeering (adjective)
abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule; professional vocabulary

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The difference between trying to disperse a jeering group of tracksuited teenagers and a jeering group of hairy teenagers and twentysomethings isn't how tough it is to get them to break up.

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Definition of impale (verb)
to pierce through with; to stick on; to pin down; to stab

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The knight was impaled by the sharp lance.

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Definition of lament (noun)
expression of grief or sorrow; complaint; wailing; mourning

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Pedro's only lament was that his wife didn't outlive him.

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Definition of heretic (noun)
person who holds opinion contrary to that which is generally accepted

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Because he believed the world was round, many people considered Columbus to be a heretic.

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Definition of wrest (verb)
to pull; to force away by a violent twisting; to kink

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The warriors wrest the power from the king.

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Definition of neologism (noun)
giving a new meaning to an old word; new expression

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Bad is a neologism for good.

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