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VERACITY
vuh/ras/i/tee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIz0mAtQBAk
Noun
DEFINITION
..the quality of being true, honest and accurate
..correctness or accuracy
..habitual observance of truth in speech or statement, or facts; truthfulness

..The jury did not doubt the veracity of the witness.
..The teacher doubted the student's veracity when he turned in a paper that had obviously been written by someone else.
..Unless you get your information from a credible website, you should doubt the veracity of the facts until you have confirmed them elsewhere.
..Doubts were cast on the veracity of her alibi.
..Voters should be concerned about his veracity and character.
..We have total confidence in the veracity of our research.
..He was shocked to find his veracity questioned.
..It is up to the judge to decide the veracity of his claims.
..She challenged the veracity of the evidence.
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RAPPORT
ra/poor
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Noun
DEFINITION
..a close harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each others feelings or ideas and communicate well
..agreement or sympathy between people or groups

..We'd worked together for years and developed a close rapport.
..She has an excellent rapport with her staff.
..He quickly realized the importance of establishing a rapport with his team mates.
..He had a great rapport with his audiences, and requests are always welcome.
..A good rapport between interviewer and interviewee will ensure the best results.
..You have an intellectual rapport, a kind of easy companionship that makes me jealous.
..If you have a good rapport with your neighbours, they won't mind if you kick your ball onto their property every now and again.
..If you have rapport with someone, you two communicate trust and sympathy.
..It is always important to establish rapport with people you come into contact regularly.
..Rapport is often used to mean good interaction between people in different positions or roles, such as, parent and teacher, teacher and student, doctor and patient, supervisor and worker.
Illustration Source: Google Images Artist #1 Unknown #2 Randy Glasbergen #3 Photographer via Getty Images # 4 Mickey Bach
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FURTIVE
fur/tive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoyTchXqdzw
Adjective
DEFINITION
..(of people) behaving secretly and often dishonestly, or ((of actions) done secretly and often dishonestly; done quietly to avoid being noticed
..taken, done used, etc. surreptitiously or by stealth; secret
..sly, shifty; suggestion of guilty nervousness

....I saw him cast a furtive glance at the woman at the table to his right.
..He made one or two furtive calls.
..There was something furtive about his behaviour and I immediately felt suspicious.
..The two exchanged furtive glances at his last comment.
..With a furtive glance over her shoulder, she unlocked the door and entered the house.
..His movements were quick and furtive, and he spoke in a whisper.
..Jane appearted unconfident, almost furtive.
..Students who cheat on tests employ their furtive tactics to avoid getting caught.
Illustration Source: Google Images Photographer #1 Warren Photographic #2 cartoonstock.com #3 & 4 Mickey Bach
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UNFETTERED
uhn/fet/erd
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Adjective
DEFINITION
..not limited by rules or any other controlling influence; free from restraint; liberated

..Poets are unfettered by the normal rules of sentence structure.
..The law gives the governor unfettered discretion to make these appointments.
..When presidents have the unfettered right to remove judges, for instance, judicial figures have accepted their subordinate roles.
..His imagination is unfettered by the laws of logic.
..Free and unfettered press can shut people out, ignore their views, or unfairly constrict debate.
..He demanded unfettered access to a new nuclear facility.
..His diplomatic role ensured unfettered access to leading players.
..For one individual to have so much unfettered power goes against all sense of natural justice.
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ANIMOSITY
an/uh/mos/i/tee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Oj_HBD9Iek
Noun
DEFINITION
..a feeling of strong dislike, ill will or enmity that tends to display itself in action; anger; opposition; unfriendly feeling; hostility

..If your (supposed) buddy embarases you in front of a big crowd, your friendship could turn into animosity.
..Today we most often speak of animosity toward, between, among or against people.
..The animosities between peoples in the region can be tied historically to political governance issues.
..The European Community helped France and Germany forget the old animosities between them.
..There is an ongoing animosity against a neighbour over a barking dog.
..Of course we're competitive, but there's no personal animosity between us.
..In spite of his injuries, he bears no animosity towards his attackers.
..Keeping you animosity in check can be challenging.
Illustration Source" Google Images Artist #1 as per signature #2 RGJ #2 & 4 Mickey Bach
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APOSTASY
uh/pos/tuh/see
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEv6Uea5-gI
Noun
DEFINITION
..the act of giving up your religious beliefs, political beliefs and principles; leaving your religion and political party.
..abandonment of previous loyalty; defection

..if your lifelong Republican-voting grandfather decides to register as a Democrat, some of his conservative friends may consider his change of politics to be apostasy.
..Apostasy is taken seriously by many churches, since rejection of a church's ideas can be seen as a criticism of the entire organization.
..Over time, the meaning of apostasy has grown to include non-religious examples, like your grandfather's political switch.
..When you abandon a set of beliefs, especially when they're religious beliefs, you can be accused of apostasy, which in some countries is illegal.
..In those days apostasy was punishable by death.
..The execution of their leader for apostasy brought widespread criticism.
Illustration Source: Google Images Artist #1 Mickey Bach # 2 Webster's New World College Dictionary
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MUMBO JUMBO
Origin: mid 18th century (as mumbo jumbo denoting a supposed African idol)
mum/bo/jum/bo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7NRTo4sx60
Noun
DEFINITION
..that which seems complicated or mysterious, but having no real meaning
..language or ritual causing or intended to cause confusion and bewilderment; gibberish
..language, behaviour or beliefs based on superstition
.. an object of superstitious homage or fear

..Sometimes people use mumbo jumbo for language they don't understand.
..Sales agents are often eager to push forms of insurance that include complex investments, large and often hidden fees, and complex riders laden with mumbo jumbo.
..Mumbo jumbo in certain West African tribes describes an idol or God believed to protect.
..As a politician, he was adept at speaking mumbo jumbo.
..You don't believe in casting spells and all that mumbo jumbo, do you?
..Financial information is just mumbo jumbo to me.
..The contract was just a maze of mumbo jumbo.
..The phrase mumbo jumbo is often used to describe overly complicated legal wording or ridiculously complicated bureaucracy.
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EXIGENT
ek/si/juh nt
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DEFINITION
..requiring immediate action or aid; urgent; pressing "exigent problem"
..requiring a great deal more than is reasonable; demanding too much from other people "exigent manager"

..You can use exigent for a person who demands attention, usually by complaining.
..If you've ever worked as a waiter, you've surely dealt with an exigent customer.
..My dad has always been an exigent man, asking ridiculous things of me that I'm not capable of doing.
..When you say something is exigent, you are saying it requires attention: it can't be ignored.
..Exigent means "demanding attention" and comes from the Latin for "driving out."
..If there's a runaway train driving at you, that's an exigent situation; not a good time to stop and write a poem.
..The exigent demands of her boss took a toll on her well being.
..Exigent circumstances required they call the police immediately.
..The police rushed to search the house without a warrant because of the exigent circumstances.
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RECTITUDE
rek/ti/tyood
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJjFKsa8Q_Q
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DEFINITION
..honesty and correct moral behaviour or thinking according to accepted standards; righteousness

..He was an austere man of unquestioned moral rectitude.
..The markets took the government's report as a reassuring sign of fiscal rectitude.
..When rendering a verdict, the judge adopted a posture of rectitude and knowledge.
..Jane is high-strung, suspicious and full of moral rectitude.
..Rectitude has the same prefix as a triangle, that most upright of geometric figures.
..If someone talks about fiscal rectitude, they are concerned with doing the right thing financially.
..My nextdoor neighbour is a judgemental and patronising individual who sees himself as an example of moral rectitude.
..You have moral rectitude, if you refuse to be involved with others with a plan to cheat on a test.
..Rectitude sounds like rector, a member of the clergy, who is supposed to be a person of high moral values.
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*RIVETING*
riv/i/ting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrc0OFzvRrM
Adjective
DEFINITION
..extremely interesting and exciting that holds your attention completely; compelling; engrossing

..It was a riveting story.
..The book is a riveting account of the legendary freedom fighter.
..A rivet is a fastener that holds something closed or down, and something riveting keeps you glued to your seat, and grabs your attention.
..Sometimes a movie is so riveting that not even free popcorn refills can lure you away.
..Riveting is an adjective for things that really draw you in, like a book you read in one sitting.
..Beautiful scenes are riveting, but terrible and ugly things are also riveting, like the site of an accident you can't stop looking at.
..Words from a teacher or actor have a riveting effect when they are full of impact and interest.
..His talent is riveting, and gets better each new season.
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