Word of the Day – Prestidigitation

By August 7, 2017Word of the Day

Prestidigitation (noun)

presti-dij-it-ay-shun

Conjuring tricks performed as entertainment.

Mid 19th century: from French, from preste ‘nimble’ + Latin digitus ‘finger’ + -ation.

Example sentences

“What can I say? He’s a master of prestidigitation.”

Word of the Day – Luminary

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Luminary (noun)

loo-mi-na-ree

A person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere.

Late Middle English: from Old French luminarie or late Latin luminarium, from Latin lumen, lumin- ‘light’. Modern meaning comes from the more archaic meaning ‘a natural body that gives light, such as the sun or the moon.’

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Word of the Day – Qualm

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Qualm (noun)

kw-arm

(archaic) a momentary sick of faint feeling. Modern usage is an uneasy feeling of doubt about one’s actions, usually used in the negative ‘no qualms’.

Early 16th century (in the sense ‘momentary sick feeling’): perhaps related to Old English cw(e)alm ‘pain’, of Germanic origin.

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