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 – Rampallion

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Rampallion (noun) (rare) (archaic)


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)


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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