Word of the Day – Pernoctate

By February 11, 2018 Word of the Day

Pernoctate (verb)

per-nok-tait

Pass the night (somewhere).

Early 17th century: from Latin pernoctat- ‘spent the night’, from the verb pernoctare, from per- ‘through’ + nox, noct- ‘night’.

Example sentences

“She was the first ever woman member to pernoctate at the college.”

Word of the Day – Aginer

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Aginer (noun) (US informal)

a-gina

A person who is against something; one who opposes a proposal, course of action, point of view, etc. Also more generally: a person having a habitually negative attitude; one who opposes any change as a matter of principle.

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Westminster (Philadelphia). From agin, regional and colloquial variant of again + -er.

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Word of the Day – Extant

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Extant (adj)

ek-stant

Still in existence; surviving.

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘able to be publicly seen or reached’): from Latin exstant- ‘being visible or prominent, existing’, from the verb exstare, from ex- ‘out’ + stare ‘to stand’.

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Word of the Day – Timocracy

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Timocracy (noun)

ti-mok-ra-see

A form of government in which possession of property is required in order to hold office.

A form of government in which rulers are motivated by ambition or love of honour.

Late 15th century: from Old French timocracie, via medieval Latin from Greek timokratia, from timē ‘honour, worth’ + -kratia ‘power’. timocracy (sense 1) reflects Aristotle’s usage, timocracy (sense 2) Plato’s.

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