Word of the Day – Prophylactic

By January 8, 2019 Word of the Day

Prophylactic (adj)

prof-il-ak-tik

Intended to prevent disease.

Late 16th century: from French prophylactique, from Greek prophulaktikos, from pro ‘before’ + phulassein ‘to guard’.

Example sentences

“We’re going to need to take prophylactic measures to avoid a pandemic.”

Word of the Day – Trigraph

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Trigraph (noun) try-graf A group of three letters representing one sound, for example 'tch'. (more…)

Word of the Day – Nascent

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Nascent (adj) na-sent (especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential. Early 17th century from Latin nascent- ‘being born’, from…

Word of the Day – Pestilent

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Pestilent (adj) pes-te-lent Destructive to life; deadly. Late Middle English from Latin pestilens, pestilent- ‘unhealthy, destructive’, from pestis ‘plague’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Preamble

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Word of the Day – Indomitable

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Word of the Day – Sclerotic

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Word of the Day – Ebullient

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Word of the Day – Antecedent

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Antecedent (noun) an-tee-see-dent A thing that existed before or logically precedes another. Late Middle English from Old French or from Latin antecedent- ‘going before’, from antecedere, from ante ‘before’ +…

Word of the Day – Modicum

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