Word of the Day – Exhort

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Exhort (verb)

egz-or-t

Strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something.

The French roots for the word exhort mean “thoroughly encourage,” so to exhort is to fill up with encouragement.

Example sentences

“He exhorts me not to take the problems of the world so seriously, and to have more faith.”

“Another passage was the one where Miss Brodie exhorts her girls to be sure to recognise their prime and to live it to the full.”

Word of the Day – Shibboleth

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Shibboleth (noun)

shib-oh-leth

A custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important.

Mid 17th century: from Hebrew šibbōleṯ ‘ear of corn’, used as a test of nationality by its difficult pronunciation (Judg. 12:6).

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Word of the Day – Symposium

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Symposium (noun)

sim-poe-zee-um

A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject./ A collection of essays or papers on a particular subject by a number of contributors.

Late 16th century (denoting a drinking party): via Latin from Greek sumposion, from sumpotēs ‘fellow drinker’, from sun- ‘together’ + potēs ‘drinker’.

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