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Word of the Day

Discussion in 'Forum Games' started by OkRad, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. OkRad

    OkRad μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος οὐλομένην V.I.P Member

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    I couldn't find if we have a thread like this. If so, please redirect.

    Basically post a word and its origin! Bonus points if you actually use it in conversation :)

    I will start:

    This is one of my favourite words because it sounds nice and I like the origin.

    Gregarious: Rather social, agreeable, tending to flock.

    Origin: Grex----Latin for flock
     
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    Persiflage:
    light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter.

    Mid 18th century
    From French persifler 'to banter', based on French siffler 'to whistle'.
     
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    Loquacious:
    Given to fluent or excessive talk. First used in the 1600s.

    Etymology:
    Latin, from loquī "to talk, speak" +
    -āc-, denoting successful performance +
    -ious which is an adjective suffix.
     
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    maven (n.)
    "expert, connoisseur,"

    by 1965, from Yiddish meyvn, from Hebrew mebhin, literally "one who understands."

    Plural is mayvinim
     
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    circumlocution:

    circumlocution derives from the Latin circum-, meaning "around," and locutio, meaning "speech - so it literally means "roundabout speech."
    Example: The speaker was criticized for his circumlocution.
     
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    Soliloquy

    1610s, from Late Latin soliloquium "a talking to oneself," from Latin solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)) + loqui "to speak" (from PIE root *tolkw- "to speak"). Also used in translation of Latin "Liber Soliloquiorum," a treatise by Augustine, who is said to have coined the word, on analogy of Greek monologia (see monologue). Related: Soliloquent.
     
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    Cynical

    1580s, with a capital -c-, "resembling Cynic philosophers," from cynic + -al (1). By 1660s (with a lower-case -c-) the meaning had shaded into the general one of "disposed to disbelieve or doubt the sincerity or value of social usages or personal character or motives and to express it by sarcasm and sneers, disparaging of the motives of others, captious, peevish." Related: Cynically.

    Cynical expresses a perverse disposition to put an unfavorable interpretation upon conduct, or to exercise austerity under profession of a belief in the worthlessness of any offered form of enjoyment. Misanthropic expresses a hatred of mankind as a race. Pessimistic is primarily and generally a philosophical epithet, applying to those who hold that the tendency of things is only or on the whole toward evil. [Century Dictionary]
     
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    hylozoism

    Definition of hylozoism


    : a doctrine held especially by early Greek philosophers that all matter has life.
     
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    troglodyte (n.)

    "cave-dweller," 1550s, from French troglodyte and directly from Latin troglodytae (plural), from Greek troglodytes "cave-dweller, cave-man" (in reference to tribes identified as living in various places by ancient writers; by Herodotus on the African coast of the Red Sea), literally "one who creeps into holes," from trogle "hole, mouse-hole" (from trogein "to gnaw, nibble, munch;" see trout) + dyein "go in, dive in" (see ecdysiast). Related: Troglodytic.
     
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    OkRad μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος οὐλομένην V.I.P Member

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    Obsequious:

    Follow along, comply with, usually in a pejorative way such as fawning

    ----from Latin obsequi (from "ob" meaning after and "sequi" meaning to follow) .

    I love this word.

    We had a dog that was obsequious and would fawn and grovel to such an extent we wondered if the poor little guy had been abused before we had him. We did try to brave him up, but he remained obsequious.
     
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    zoolatry (n.)
    "worship of animals or an animal," 1817, from zoo- "animal" + -latry "worship of." Related: Zoolater; zoolatrous.