Words I Love 69 – Erstwhile

New word…after a quiet patch!

erstwhile

ˈəːstwʌɪl/

adjective

adjective: erstwhile
  1. 1.
    former.
    “the erstwhile president of the company”
    synonyms: former, old, past, one-time, sometime, as was, ex-, late, then; More

    antonyms: present, future

adverb

archaic
adverb: erstwhile
  1. 1.
    formerly.
    “Mary Anderson, erstwhile the queen of America’s stage”
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Words I Love 68 – Emboldened

New word today – it’s been a while…

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embolden

ɪmˈbəʊld(ə)n,ɛm-/

verb

past tense: emboldened; past participle: emboldened
  1. 1.
    give (someone) the courage or confidence to do something.
    “emboldened by the claret, he pressed his knee against hers”
    synonyms: give courage, make brave/braver, encourage, hearten, strengthen,fortify, stiffen the resolve of, lift the morale of; More

    antonyms: dishearten, discourage
  2. 2.
    cause (a piece of text) to appear in a bold typeface.
    “centre, embolden, and underline the heading”
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Words I Love 67 – Diatribe

New word today…

diatribe

ˈdʌɪətrʌɪb/

noun

noun: diatribe; plural noun: diatribes
  1. a forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something.
    “a diatribe against consumerism”
    synonyms: tirade, harangue, verbal onslaught, verbal attack, stream of abuse,denunciation, broadside, fulmination, condemnation, criticism, stricture,reproof, reproval, reprimand, rebuke, admonishment, admonition; More

Origin

late 16th century (denoting a disquisition): from French, via Latin from Greek diatribē‘spending of time, discourse’, from dia ‘through’ + tribein ‘rub’.
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Words I Love 66 – Paternal

New word – 

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paternal

pəˈtəːn(ə)l/

adjective

adjective: paternal
  1. 1.
    of or appropriate to a father.
    “he reasserted his paternal authority”
    synonyms: on one’s father’s side, patrilineal,patrimonial

    “his paternal grandfather”
    antonyms: maternal
    • showing a kindness and care associated with a father; fatherly.
      “my elders in the newsroom kept a paternal eye on me”
      synonyms: fatherly, fatherlike, patriarchal; More

  2. 2.
    related through the father.
    “his father and paternal grandfather were porcelain painters”

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus ‘fatherly, belonging to a father’, from pater ‘father’.
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Words I Love 65 – Pristine

New word…

pristine

pristine

ˈprɪstiːn,-stʌɪn/

adjective

adjective: pristine
  1. in its original condition; unspoilt.
    “pristine copies of an early magazine”

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense ‘original, former, primitive and undeveloped’): from Latinpristinus ‘former’. The senses ‘unspoilt’ and ‘spotless’ date from the 1920s.
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Words I Love 64 – Predilection

New special word…

predilection

ˌpriːdɪˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/

noun

noun: predilection; plural noun: predilections
  1. a preference or special liking for something; a bias in favour of something.
    “your predilection for pretty girls”
    synonyms: liking, fondness, preference, partiality, taste, penchant, weakness, soft spot, fancy, inclination, leaning, bias, propensity, bent, proclivity,proneness, predisposition, tendency, affinity, appetite, love;

    archaicgusto
    “her predilection for married men”
    antonyms: dislike, disinclination

Origin

mid 18th century: from French prédilection, from Latin praedilect- ‘preferred’, from the verb praediligere, from prae ‘in advance’ + diligere ‘to select’.
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Words I Love 63 – Saline

New word today…

saline

saline

ˈseɪlʌɪn/

adjective

adjective: saline
  1. 1.
    containing or impregnated with salt.
    “saline alluvial soils”
    • MEDICINE
      (of a solution) containing sodium chloride and/or a salt or salts of magnesium or another alkali metal.
      “I was having a saline transfusion day and night”

noun

noun: saline
  1. 1.
    a solution of salt in water.
    • a saline solution used in medicine.
Origin
late 15th century: from Latin sal ‘salt’ + -ine1.
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