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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 18th December 2018
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nefarious (adjective) na-FAIR-i-us

Extremely wicked, villainous.

All unconscious of the nefarious plot against his life, Lester Armstrong was up with the sun the next morning, and was down to the office at an early hour transacting the great amount of business that he found upon his hands, contingent upon being the head of the firm of which he had for so many years been but an humble cashier.

Laura Jean Libbey, Mischievous Maid Faynie. Amazon

In the trilogy, a young girl, Lyra Belacqua, becomes enmeshed in an epic struggle against a nefarious Church known as the Magisterium; another character, an ex-nun turned particle physicist named Mary Malone, describes Christianity as “a very powerful and convincing mistake.”

Laura Miller, The New Yorker, 26 November 2005. The New Yorker

Some Roswell residents said that they weren’t sure aliens had landed nearby but suspected a nefarious cover-up by the US government of a secret project that might have involved contacts with beings from outer space.

Toby Harnden, Telegraph, 10 November 2007. Telegraph

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