Word of the Day – Panglossian

By February 13, 2017Word of the Day

Panglossian (adj)

pan-gloss-ee-an

To be always optimistic regardless of the facts.

From the name of the tutor and philosopher in Voltaire’s Candide (1759)

Example sentences

“He’s such a pangloss, he’d see he positive in anything.”

“Her panglossian thinking always got us through.”

Word of the Day – Anathema

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Anathema (noun)

an-ath-em-a

Something or someone that one vehemently dislikes/ A strong curse.

Early 16th century: from ecclesiastical Latin, ‘excommunicated person, excommunication’, from Greek anathema ‘thing dedicated’, (later) ‘thing devoted to evil, accursed thing’, from anatithenai ‘to set up’.

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