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Paradigm

Paradigm: Definition: A theory or a group of ideas about how something should be done, made or thought about. It can smartly replace: Idea, theory, concept. Example: "Teaching in schools requires a new paradigm of student engagement. The Internet is a resource which can contribute to education in this paradigm."

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Paradox

Paradox. Definition: A statement which seems to be contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true. It can smartly replace:  Puzzle, surprise. Example: "It did not matter how much Raju scored in the exams. The paradox is he was always the teacher’s favourite."

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Nuance

Nuance: Definition: A small difference in colour, tone or meaning. It can smartly replace: Aspect, thing, detail Example: "Some nuances in French make me want to take a class so I can learn the language better.”

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Dilettante

Dilettante. Definition: A person whose interest in an art or in an area of knowledge isn’t deep or serious. It can smartly replace: Dabbler, amateur, hack Example: "Compared with Steve Jobs, he is a complete dilettante. His idea of design needs more functionality."

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Serendipity

Serendipity: Definition: Luck which takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things which aren’t looked for. It can smartly replace: Luck, chance, good fortune Example: "Synergy and serendipity often play a big part in medical and scientific advances.” (Julie Bishop)

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Euphemism

Euphemism: Definition: A mild or pleasant word or phrase used in place of one which is unpleasant. It can smartly replace:  Alternative, ‘another way of saying’ Example: "If you have quirky (a euphemism for 'extremely irritating') friends, it’s time to find some new ones."

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Dichotomy

Dichotomy: Definition: A division into two mutually exclusive or contradictory groups or things. It can smartly replace: Split, division, contrast Example: "The dichotomy of angiosperms into dicots and monocots is something for which I am grateful to both God and Mother Nature."

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Non sequitur

Non sequitur: Definition: A statement which doesn't logically follow from or isn’t clearly related to anything said before it; literally, 'it doesn’t follow' in Latin. It can smartly replace: Nonsense, stumper, ‘huh?’ Example: “Dogs and cats are friendly animals. But them befriending one another seems a non sequitur.”

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Epiphany

Epiphany: Definition: A moment in which a person suddenly sees or understands something in a new or clear way. It can smartly replace: Realisation, insight, breakthrough Example: "I had an epiphany. I can now deal with annoying people."

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Conundrum

Conundrum: Definition: A confusing, intricate or difficult problem. It can smartly replace: Problem, challenge, dilemma Example: "Did you solve the conundrum of how we can improve lab conditions to score more in the practical exams?"

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