Word of the Day – Rictus

By November 21, 2017Word of the Day

Rictus (noun)

rik-tus

A fixed grimace or grin.

Early 19th century: from Latin, literally ‘open mouth’, from rict- ‘gaped’, from the verb ringi.

Example sentences

“They stood, faces frozen in rictus through sheer terror.”

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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