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Word of the Day – Nidification

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Nidification (noun)

nid-iff-i-kay-shun

Nest-building

Mid 17th century: from Latin nidificat- ‘made into a nest’ (from the verb nidificare, from nidus ‘nest’) + -ation.

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Word of the Day – Antinomy

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Antinomy (noun)

an-tin-o-mee

A contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox.

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘a conflict between two laws’): from Latin antinomia, from Greek, from anti ‘against’ + nomos ‘law’.

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Word of the Day – Suffragette

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Suffragette (noun) (historical)

suff-ra-jet

A woman seeking the right to vote through organized protest.

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘intercessory prayers’, also ‘assistance’): from Latin suffragium, reinforced by French suffrage. The modern sense of ‘right to vote’ was originally US (dating from the late 18th century).

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Word of the Day – Quisquous

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Quisuous (adj) (Scottish) (rare)

kwisk-us

Difficult to deal with or settle; perplexing; (of a person) of dubious character.

Late 17th century. Origin uncertain; perhaps from classical Latin quisquis whoever, with subsequent alteration of the ending after adjectives in -ous. With the form quisquose perhaps compare -ose.

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