Word of the Day – Subjugate

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Subjugate (Verb)

sub-joo-gate

Bring under domination or control, especially by conquest: Make someone or something subordinate to.

Taken from the late Latin subjugat- brought under a yoke, from the verb subjugare, based on jugum yoke.

Example sentences

“Oppressors usually try to remove dignity when subjugating victims; the shaven heads of the prison camps did not hurt – they demeaned.”

“But on many issues they have been just as ready to subjugate human rights to their political interests.”

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Word of the Day – Fandangle

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Fandangle (noun)

fan-dan-gul

A useless or purely ornamental thing: Nonsense.

Believed to have been derived from the Spanish dance Fandango which was adapted by the English to mean foolish in the early 19th century, perhaps by the Puritans of the time.

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Word of the Day – Clout

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Clout (noun)

kl-ao-wt

A heavy blow with the hand or a hard object: Influence or power, especially in politics or business.

(archaic) A piece of cloth or article of clothing which is the clout mentioned in the proverb; “ne’er cast a clout till May be out” with May more likely to mean the blossom of the Hawthorn than the month.

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Word of the Day – Filch

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Filch (verb)

fil-tch

Pilfer or steal (something, especially an item of small value) in a casual way.

Middle English filchen to attack (in a body), take as booty, Old English fylcian to marshal (troops), draw (soldiers) up in battle array, derivative of gefylce band of men; akin to folk.

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