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 – Defunct

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Defunct (adj)


No longer existing or functioning.

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘deceased’): from Latin defunctus ‘dead’, past participle of defungi ‘carry out, finish’, from de- (expressing reversal) + fungi ‘perform’.

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Word of the Day – Ordinally

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Ordinally (adverb)


With regard to, or at the level of, orders in a taxonomic system; according to an ordinal number, system, etc.; on an ordinal scale; with regard to order.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Edinburgh Review. From ordinal + -ly.

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