Word of the Day – Maecenas

By December 6, 2018 Word of the Day

Maecenas (noun)

mi-see-nus

A generous patron especially of literature or art

Gaius circa 70–8 b.c. Roman statesman and patron of literature

Example sentences

“The theatre company no longer has an array of moneyed Maecenases to which it can turn for financial support”

Word of the Day – Ecumenical

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Ecumenical (adj) eek-yu-men-i-kal Representing a number of different Christian Churches. Late 16th century (in the sense ‘belonging to the universal Church’): via late Latin from Greek oikoumenikos from oikoumenē ‘the…

Word of the Day – Temperance

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Word of the Day – Juxtaposition

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Word of the Day – Sully

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Word of the Day – Vicarious

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Vicarious (adj) vik-air-ee-us Experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person. Mid 17th century from Latin vicarius ‘substitute’ (see vicar) + -ous. (more…)

Word of the Day – Quotidian

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Quotidian (adj) kwot-id-ee-an Occurring every day. Middle English via Old French from Latin quotidianus, earlier cotidianus, from cotidie ‘daily’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Bacchanalia

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Bacchanalia (noun) bak-an-ay-lee-a 1. (historic) The Roman festival of Bacchus. 2. Drunken celebrations Late 16th century from Latin bacchanalia, neuter plural of the adjective bacchanalis (see (more…)

Word of the Day – Nitwit

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Word of the Day – Tinkle

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Tinkle (noun) tin-kl A light, clear ringing sound. (Br/Eng Informal) Urinate Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘tingle’): frequentative of obsolete tink ‘to chink or clink’, of imitative origin.…

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