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Word of the Day – Intrinsic

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Intrinsic (adj)

in-trin-zik

Belonging naturally; essential.

Late 15th century (in the general sense ‘interior, inner’): from French intrinsèque, from late Latin intrinsecus, from the earlier adverb intrinsecus ‘inwardly, inwards’.

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Word of the Day – Zeitgeber

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Zeitgaber (noun)

zait-gay-ber

A rhythmically occurring natural phenomenon which acts as a cue in the regulation of the body’s circadian rhythms.

1950s: from German Zeitgeber, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geber ‘giver’.

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Word of the Day – Obsequience

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Obsequience (noun)

ob-see-kwee-ans

Compliance, obsequiousness, deference.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Maunder (1785–1849), compiler of reference works. Probably from classical Latin obsequentia obsequence, remodelled after obsequious. Compare French obséquience.

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Word of the Day – Refect

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Refect (verb) (archaic)

ree-fekt

To refresh (another, oneself), especially with food or drink; to restore from weariness or fatigue.

Late 15th century; earliest use found in Hary (c1440–c1492), poet. From classical Latin refect-, past participial stem of reficere to restore, repair, to renew, to revive, to refresh, in later use after refection. Compare earlier refect and also refete.

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