Word of the Day – Mephitic

By February 21, 2018Word of the Day

Mephitic (adj)


Foul smelling; noxious (especially of gas/vapours)

Early 17th century: from late Latin mephiticus, from mephitis ‘noxious exhalation’.

Example sentences

“We were left, choking in a fog of mephitic gas.”

Word of the Day – Senectitude

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Senectitude (noun)


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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