Word of the Day – Moiety

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Moiety (noun)

moy-et-ee

Each of two parts into which a thing is or can be divided.

Late Middle English: from Old French moite, from Latin medietas ‘middle’, from medius ‘mid, middle’.

Example sentences

“the tax was to be delivered in two moieties”

“Memories aren’t known to be particularly veridical.”

Word of the Day – Abreption

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Abreption (noun) (rare)

a-brep-shun

To snatch something away, an instance of complete separation and removal.

Mid 16th century. From post-classical Latin abreption-, abreptio action of snatching away (636 in Isidore; also in an undated inscription) from classical Latin abrept-, past participial stem of abripere + -iō.

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Word of the Day – Grandiloquent

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Grandiloquent (adj)

gran-di-lo-kwent

Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.

Late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally ‘grand-speaking’, from grandis ‘grand’ + loqui ‘speak’. The ending was altered in English by association with eloquent.

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