Word of the Day – Saudade

By February 14, 2017Word of the Day

Saudade (noun) (Portuguese)

sow-da-da

A deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.

A Portuguese word today for Valentine’s Day, and what a lovely word it is.

Example sentences

“He experienced saudade, or a longing nostalgia, for the life he shared with her”

Word of the Day – Emancipate

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Emancipate (verb)

ee-man-sip-ait

Set free, especially from legal, social or political restrictions.

Early 17th century: from Latin emancipat- ‘transferred as property’, from the verb emancipare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + mancipium ‘slave’.

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Word of the Day – Chimaera

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Chimaera (noun) (also Chimera)

kai-mee-ra

(in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. (modern biology) An organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation.

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek khimaira ‘she-goat or chimaera’.

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