Word of the Day – Telamon

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Telamon (noun)

tel-a-mun

A male figure used as a pillar to support an entablature or other structure.

Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek telamōnes, plural of Telamōn, the name of a mythical hero.

Example sentences

“While time has obscured the faces and features, you can still tell the structure is held up by telamon.”

Word of the Day – Resipiscence

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Resipiscence (noun)

resi-pisns

Originally: repentance for misconduct; recognition of one’s past misdeeds or errors. Later also: the action or fact of coming to one’s senses, or of returning to a more acceptable opinion.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Norton (d. 1584), lawyer and writer. From Middle French resipiscence (French résipiscence) action or fact of coming to one’s senses or of returning to a more acceptable opinion, repentance for misconduct or its etymon post-classical Latin resipiscentia repentance from classical Latin resipīscent-, resipīscēns, present participle of resipīscere to regain consciousness, to become sane again, to recover one’s reason, to come to one’s senses again, to see reason + -ia; compare -ence. Compare Spanish resipiscencia, Italian resipiscenza.

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