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Monday, March 7, 2011

DAEDAL: "rich; adorned with many things"

I sang of the dancing stars,
I sang of the daedal earth,
And of heaven, and the giant wars,
And love, and death, and birth.
-- Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Hymn Of Pan",

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Daedal comes from Latin daedalus , "cunningly wrought," from Greek daidalos , "skillful, cunningly created."

SANGUINE: "cheerfully optimistic"

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1275–1325; Middle English sanguyne  a blood-red cloth < Old French sanguin  < Latin sanguineus  bloody, equivalent to sanguin-,  stem of sanguis  blood + -eus -eous

san·guine·ly, adverb
san·guin·i·ty, san·guin·ness, noun
non·san·guine, adjective
non·san·guine·ly, adverb
non·san·guine·ness, noun
o·ver·san·guine, adjective
o·ver·san·guine·ly, adverb
o·ver·san·guine·ness, noun
pre·san·guine, adjective
qua·si-san·guine, adjective
qua·si-san·guine·ly, adverb
su·per·san·guine, adjective
su·per·san·guin·i·ty, noun
un·san·guine, adjective
un·san·guine·ly, adverb

sanguinary, sanguine .

1.  enthusiastic, buoyant, animated, lively, spirited.

1.  morose.

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cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: a sanguine disposition; sanguine expectations.
reddish; ruddy: a sanguine complexion.
(in old physiology) having blood as the predominating humor and consequently being ruddy-faced, cheerful, etc.
bloody; sanguinary.
blood-red; red.
Heraldry . a reddish-purple tincture.

EXIGENT- "demanding attention"

Legislative sessions are long, constituents' demands are exigent , policy problems are increasingly complicated.

-- Anthony King, "Running Scared", The Atlantic , January 1997

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