Word of the Day – Beleaguer

By February 16, 2017Word of the Day

Beleaguer (adj)


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 – Risorial

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Risorial (adj) (rare)


Relating to laughter; used in laughing; = “risible”.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Ogilvie (1797–1867), lexicographer. From post-classical Latin risorius + -al.

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