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’.

Example sentences

“The trouble is the entire novel is an antinomy and so fails to be believable.”

Word of the Day – Carinate

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Carinate (adj)

ka-rin-ayt

Having a keel-like ridge.

(of a bird) having a deep ridge on the breastbone for the attachment of flight muscles. Contrast Ratite.

Late 18th century: from Latin carinatus ‘having a keel’, from carina ‘keel’.
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Word of the Day – Gerundive

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Gerundive (noun) (grammar)

jer-un-div

A form of a Latin verb, ending in -ndus (declinable) and functioning as an adjective meaning ‘that should or must be done’.

Middle English (in the sense ‘gerund’): from late Latin gerundivus (modus) ‘gerundive (mood)’, from gerundium (see gerund).

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