Word of the Day – Tantamount

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Tantamount (adj)

tan-ta-mow-nt

Equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as.

Mid 17th century: from the earlier verb tantamount ‘amount to as much’, from Italian tanto montare.

Example sentences

“His reaction is tantamount to guilt, he may as well have confessed.”

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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