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Saturday, May 10, 2008

VERITABLE: "being in fact the thing named and not false, unreal, or imaginary"


Merriam-Webster Online
The Word of the Day for May 06, 2008 is:
veritable • \VAIR-uh-tuh-bul\ • adjective

: being in fact the thing named and not false, unreal, or imaginary

Example Sentence:
Melissa is a veritable wellspring of information on local history and folklore.
Did you know?
"Veritable," like its close relative "verity" ("truth"), came to English through Anglo-French from Latin. It is ultimately derived from "verus," the Latin word for "true," which also gave us "verify," "aver," and "verdict." "Veritable" is often used as a synonym of "genuine" or "authentic" ("a veritable masterpiece"), but it is also frequently used to stress the aptness of a metaphor, often in a humorous tone ("a veritable swarm of lawyers"). In the past, usage commentators have objected to the latter use, but today it doesn't draw much criticism.

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