Word of the Day – Progeny

By May 21, 2019 Word of the Day

Progeny (noun)

proj-en-ee

A descendant or the descendants of a person, animal, or plant; offspring.

Middle English: from Old French progenie, from Latin progenies, from progignere ‘beget’ (see progenitor).

Example sentences

“Often traits and characteristics can be passed along to one’s progeny”

Word of the Day – Porraceous

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Word of the Day – Cannonade

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Cannonade (noun) (archaic) can-on-ayd A period of continuous heavy gunfire. Mid 16th century from French, from Italian cannonata, from cannone (see cannon). (more…)

Word of the Day – Aspersion

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Word of the Day – Assignation

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Assignation (noun) as-ig-nay-shun An appointment to meet someone in secret, typically one made by lovers. Late Middle English (in the senses ‘command, appointment to office, or allotment of revenue’): via…

Word of the Day – Percussive

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Percussive (adj) pur-kus-iv Relating to or produced by percussion. Mid 16th century (in the general sense ‘give a blow to’): from Latin percuss- ‘struck forcibly’, from the verb percutere, from…

Word of the Day – Callow

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Callow (adj) ka-low (of a young person) inexperienced and immature. Old English calu ‘bald’, of West Germanic origin, probably from Latin calvus ‘bald’. This was extended to mean ‘unfledged’, which…

Word of the Day – Inexorable

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Inexorable (adj) in-eks-or-ab-l Impossible to stop or prevent. Mid 16th century from French, or from Latin inexorabilis, from in- ‘not’ + exorabilis (from exorare ‘entreat’). (more…)

Word of the Day – Rancour

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Rancour (noun) ran-ker Bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long standing. Middle English via Old French from late Latin rancor ‘rankness’ (in the Vulgate ‘bitter grudge’), related to Latin rancidus ‘stinking’.…

Word of the Day – Klatch

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Klatch (noun) (Am/En) k-lach An informal social gathering at which coffee is served. 1950s from German Klatsch ‘gossip’. (more…)

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