Word of the Day – Sacrosanct

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Sacrosanct (adj)

sak-row-san-kt

(especially of a principle, place, or routine) regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with.

Late 15th century: from Latin sacrosanctus, from sacro ‘by a sacred rite’ (ablative of sacrum) + sanctus ‘holy’.

Example sentences

“A woman’s rights to her own body are sacrosanct.”

“Democracy is sacrosanct and nothing should interfere.”

Word of the Day – Defunct

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Defunct (adj)

dee-fun-kt

No longer existing or functioning.

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘deceased’): from Latin defunctus ‘dead’, past participle of defungi ‘carry out, finish’, from de- (expressing reversal) + fungi ‘perform’.

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Word of the Day – Ordinally

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Ordinally (adverb)

aw-din-al-ee

With regard to, or at the level of, orders in a taxonomic system; according to an ordinal number, system, etc.; on an ordinal scale; with regard to order.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Edinburgh Review. From ordinal + -ly.

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