Word of the Day – Tergiversate

By November 19, 2017Word of the Day

Tergiversate (verb)

tur-jiv-urs-ayt

Make conflicting or evasive statements; equivocate.

Mid 17th century: from Latin tergiversat- ‘with one’s back turned’, from the verb tergiversari, from tergum ‘back’ + vertere ‘to turn’.

Example sentences

“The more he’d tergiversate, the clearer it became to the press he didn’t belong on the podium.”

Word of the Day – Procellous

By | Word of the Day | No Comments

Procellous (adj) (rare)

pro-sell-us

Stormy, turbulent.

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Goffe (?1591–1629), playwright and Church of England clergyman. From French † procelleux from classical Latin procellōsus stormy from procella + -ōsus.

Read More

Word of the Day – Antinomy

By | Word of the Day | No Comments

Antinomy (noun)

an-tin-o-mee

A contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox.

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘a conflict between two laws’): from Latin antinomia, from Greek, from anti ‘against’ + nomos ‘law’.

Read More

Leave a Reply