Word of the Day – Atavistic

By October 31, 2018Word of the Day

Atavistic (adj)

at-a-vis-tik

Relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral.

Late 19th century: based on Latin atavus ‘forefather’ + the adjectival suffix -istic.

Example sentences

“The whole thing is born out of atavistic fear.”

Word of the Day – Excogitate

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Excogitate (verb) ex-coj-it-ayt Think out, plan, or devise. Early 16th century: from Latin excogitat- ‘found by process of thought’, from the verb excogitare, from ex- ‘out’ + cogitare ‘think’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Fuliginous

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Fuliginous (adj) fool-ij-in-us (literary) Sooty; Dusky Late 16th century (originally describing a vapour as ‘thick and noxious’): from late Latin fuliginosus, from fuligo, fuligin- ‘soot’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Connive

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Connive (verb) kon-aiv Secretly allow (something immoral, illegal, or harmful) to occur. Conspire to do something immoral, illegal, or harmful. Early 17th century: from French conniver or Latin connivere ‘shut…

Word of the Day – Dissonance

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Dissonance (noun) dis-o-nans Lack of harmony among musical notes. Lack of agreement or harmony between people or things. Late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin dissonantia, from Latin…

Word of the Day – Winnow

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Winnow (verb) win-oh Blow a current of air through (grain) in order to remove the chaff./ Manually remove chaff from grain. Remove (people or things) from a group until only…

Word of the Day – Caboose

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Caboose (noun) ka-boos (North American)A railway wagon with accommodation for the train crew, typically attached to the end of the train. (Archaic)A kitchen on a ship's deck. Mid 18th century:…

Word of the Day – Folksonomy

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Folksonomy (noun) fouk-son-om-ee A user-generated system of classifying and organizing online content into different categories by the use of metadata such as electronic tags. Early 21st century: blend of folks…

Word of the Day – Wan

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Wan (adj) won Pale and giving the impression of illness or exhaustion. Lacking in enthusiasm or energy Pale; weak. Old English wann ‘dark, black’, of unknown origin. (more…)

Word of the Day – Contrite

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Contrite (adj) kon-try-t Feeling or expressing remorse at the recognition that one has done wrong. Middle English: from Old French contrit, from Latin contritus, past participle of conterere ‘grind down,…

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