Word of the Day – Maleficium

By January 9, 2018Word of the Day

Maleficium (noun)

mal-eh-fik-ee-um

An act of witchcraft performed with the intention of causing damage or injury; the resultant harm/ A poison or potion, especially used in witchcraft.

Early 17th century; earliest use found in George Abbot (1562–1633), archbishop of Canterbury. From classical Latin maleficium evil deed, injury, sorcery from maleficus + -ium.

Example sentences

“What’s wrong with him? It’s like some terrible maleficium has taken hold!”

Word of the Day – Senectitude

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Senectitude (noun)

sen-ek-ti-tood

The last stage of life; old age.

Senectitude comes from the Medieval Latin noun senectitūdō meaning “old age,” which in turn comes from Classical Latin senectūs, a derivative of the noun senex meaning “old man.” Senectitude entered English in the late 1700s, more precisely, in 1796 in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels

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