Word of the Day – Resipiscence

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Resipiscence (noun)

resi-pisns

Originally: repentance for misconduct; recognition of one’s past misdeeds or errors. Later also: the action or fact of coming to one’s senses, or of returning to a more acceptable opinion.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Norton (d. 1584), lawyer and writer. From Middle French resipiscence (French résipiscence) action or fact of coming to one’s senses or of returning to a more acceptable opinion, repentance for misconduct or its etymon post-classical Latin resipiscentia repentance from classical Latin resipīscent-, resipīscēns, present participle of resipīscere to regain consciousness, to become sane again, to recover one’s reason, to come to one’s senses again, to see reason + -ia; compare -ence. Compare Spanish resipiscencia, Italian resipiscenza.

Example sentences

“His resipiscence was instant as he realised his error.”

Word of the Day – Procellous

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Procellous (adj) (rare)

pro-sell-us

Stormy, turbulent.

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Goffe (?1591–1629), playwright and Church of England clergyman. From French † procelleux from classical Latin procellōsus stormy from procella + -ōsus.

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Word of the Day – Antinomy

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Antinomy (noun)

an-tin-o-mee

A contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox.

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘a conflict between two laws’): from Latin antinomia, from Greek, from anti ‘against’ + nomos ‘law’.

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