Word of the Day – Sully

By August 16, 2019Word of the Day

Sully (verb)

sul-ee

Damage the purity or integrity of.

Late 16th century perhaps from French souiller ‘to soil’.

Example sentences

“How dare he sully her good reputation in this way.”

Word of the Day – Ween

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Ween (verb) (archaic) ween Be of the opinion; think or suppose. Old English wēnan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wanen ‘imagine’, German wähnen ‘suppose wrongly’, also to wish. (more…)

Word of the Day – Cessation

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Cessation (noun) ces-ay-shun The fact or process of ending or being brought to an end. Late Middle English from Latin cessatio(n-), from cessare ‘cease’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Desuetude

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Desuetude (noun) des-yu-it-ude A state of disuse. Early 17th century (in the sense ‘cessation’): from French, from Latin desuetudo, from desuet- ‘made unaccustomed’, from the verb desuescere, from de- (expressing…

Word of the Day – Keitai

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Keitai (noun) (Japanese) kay-tai (in Japan) a mobile phone. Japanese, literally ‘portable’, short for keitai denwa ‘mobile phone’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Carabinero

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Carabinero (noun) kar-ab-in-er-o A Spanish or South American frontier guard or customs officer. Spanish, literally ‘soldier armed with a carbine’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Prodelision

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Prodelision (noun) pro-del-ish-on Elision of the initial vowel of a word. Late 19th century; earliest use found in Classical Review. From classical Latin prōd, variant (used before vowels) of prō…

Word of the Day – Braata

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Braata (noun) (West Indian) braa-ta A small amount added to a purchase in a market to encourage the customer to return. Probably from Spanish barata ‘bargain’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Primicery

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Primicery (noun) prim-is-er-ee In early use: †the first candle-bearer or chief office-holder below a bishop; also figurative (obsolete). Later: any of various senior ecclesiastical officials or dignitaries exercising a variety…

Word of the Day – Melodeon

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Melodeon (noun) mel-o-dee-on A small accordion of German origin, played especially by folk musicians. (more…)

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