Word of the Day – Panglossian

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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 – Emancipate

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Emancipate (verb)

ee-man-sip-ait

Set free, especially from legal, social or political restrictions.

Early 17th century: from Latin emancipat- ‘transferred as property’, from the verb emancipare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + mancipium ‘slave’.

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Word of the Day – Chimaera

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Chimaera (noun) (also Chimera)

kai-mee-ra

(in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. (modern biology) An organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation.

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek khimaira ‘she-goat or chimaera’.

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