Word of the Day – Subjugate

By January 8, 2017Word of the Day

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.”

Word of the Day – Rampallion

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Rampallion (noun) (rare) (archaic)

ram-pal-ee-un

A ruffian, a villain, a rascal.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. Origin uncertain. Perhaps from ramp + -allion, perhaps showing alteration of rascallion by association with ramp. Perhaps compare later ramscallion, rapscallion, tatterdemalion.

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)

pa-raf

A flourish at the end of a signature, usually as a precaution against forgery.

Late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus ‘short horizontal stroke’).

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