Word of the Day – Beleaguer

By February 16, 2017Word of the Day

Beleaguer (adj)

bil-eeg-uh

Lay siege to: Put in a very difficult situation.

Taken from the late 16th century Dutch belegeren meaning to camp round, which was created from be- (all) about + leger a camp..

Example sentences

“Seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them.”

“The more beleaguered he feels, the more he will dig in his heels.”

Word of the Day – Rampallion

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Rampallion (noun) (rare) (archaic)

ram-pal-ee-un

A ruffian, a villain, a rascal.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. Origin uncertain. Perhaps from ramp + -allion, perhaps showing alteration of rascallion by association with ramp. Perhaps compare later ramscallion, rapscallion, tatterdemalion.

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)

pa-raf

A flourish at the end of a signature, usually as a precaution against forgery.

Late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus ‘short horizontal stroke’).

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