Word of the Day – Malebolge

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Malebolge (noun) (literary)


A pool of filth; a hellish place or condition.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Alexander Beresford-Hope (1820–1887), politician and author. From Italian Malebolge, the name given by Dante ( Inferno xviii) to the eighth circle of Hell, consisting of ten rock-bound concentric circular valleys, plural of malebolgia from malo evil (from classical Latin malus: see mal-) + bolgia valley, bag.

Example sentences

“Save me from this hellish malebolge”

Word of the Day – Oligopsony

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Oligopsony (noun)


A state of the market in which only a small number of buyers exists for a product.

1940s: from oligo- ‘small number’ + Greek opsōnein ‘buy provisions’, on the pattern of monopsony.

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