Word of the Day – Exhort

By January 7, 2017Word of the Day

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 – Resipiscence

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Resipiscence (noun)

resi-pisns

Originally: repentance for misconduct; recognition of one’s past misdeeds or errors. Later also: the action or fact of coming to one’s senses, or of returning to a more acceptable opinion.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Norton (d. 1584), lawyer and writer. From Middle French resipiscence (French résipiscence) action or fact of coming to one’s senses or of returning to a more acceptable opinion, repentance for misconduct or its etymon post-classical Latin resipiscentia repentance from classical Latin resipīscent-, resipīscēns, present participle of resipīscere to regain consciousness, to become sane again, to recover one’s reason, to come to one’s senses again, to see reason + -ia; compare -ence. Compare Spanish resipiscencia, Italian resipiscenza.

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