caprice

/kəˈpɹis/ or “kah-prees”

noun – an impulsive, seemingly unmotivated notion or action.

“The magistrate’s son was so hopelessly filled with caprice, it was impossible to plan anything with him. One moment, he was an agreeable man, but the next, he would be everyone’s worst enemy.”

concatenation

/kən.ˌkæt.ə.ˈneɪ.ʃən/ or “con-cat-tuh-nation”

noun – A series of links united; a series or order of things depending on each other, as if linked together; a chain, a succession.

“It was the concatenation of the words house and fly, that ultimately led to the name of the housefly.”

alpenglow

/ˈæl.pən.ɡloʊ/ or “al-pin-glow”

noun – rosy or reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains, especially snow covered mountains.

“The alpenglow was beautiful– more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. With its reds and oranges, I was immediately breathless.”

sybarite

/si.ba.ʁit/ or “si-ba-right”

noun – A person devoted to pleasure and luxury; a voluptuary.

“Just because she’s royal doesn’t mean she’s a sybarite. I’ve found many common folk devoted to the luxuries of life.”

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roughshod

/ˈɹʌfʃɑd/ or “rough-shawd”

adj – (farriery) Of a horse: having hooves shod with calks or horseshoes that have projecting nails to prevent slipping.(by extension) Brutal or domineering.

“The new officials should not be allowed to ride roughshod over that peaceful community.”

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