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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

DENOUEMENT: "the final outcome of the main dramatic complication in a literary work"

THE STORY'S CONCLUSION
 final outcome of a dramatic complication


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ETYMOLOGY:

  • From French dénouement (outcome or conclusion; literally, untying)
  • from dénouer (to unknot or undo), from de- (from) + nouer (to tie)
  • from Latin nodus (knot)
  • Ultimately from the Indo-European root ned- (to bind), which is also the source of node, noose, annex, connect, ouch, and nettle. Earliest documented use: 1752. 

UNTIE A KNOT


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—Synonyms
solution, conclusion, end, upshot.


From Visual Thesaurus

Monday, April 11, 2011

MORIBUND: "at the point of death; lacking vitality and vigor"

Either literally or figuratively near death. Marble Wall Plaque in The Kilmorey Mausoleumphoto © 2010 Maxwell Hamilton | more info (via: Wylio)


American Heritage Dictionary (2 definitions)

–adjective
1. Approaching death; about to die.
2. On the verge of becoming obsolete: moribund customs; a moribund way of life.

Century Dictionary (2 definitions)

1. In a dying state.
–noun
2. A dying person.










A "moribund economy"

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From VISUAL THESAURUS

QUOTIDIAN: "found in the ordinary course of events"

A quotidian commute...

Study in Movement

American Heritage Dictionary (2 definitions)
–adjective
1. Everyday; commonplace: "There's nothing quite like a real . . . train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute” ( Anita Diamant).
2. Recurring daily. Used especially of attacks of malaria.

Century Dictionary (4 definitions)

1. Daily; occurring or returning daily: as, a quotidian fever.
–noun
2. Something that returns or is expected every day; specifically, in medicine, a fever whose paroxysms return every day.
3. A cleric or church officer who does daily duty.
4. Payment given for such duty.

From Visual Thesaurus (check it out)


Wordnik: QUOTIDIAN

Saturday, April 9, 2011

ABROGATE: "Repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement)"

verb
1
: to abolish by authoritative action : annul
2
: to treat as nonexistent


Repeal of Prohibitionphoto © 2006 Kent Wang | more info (via: Wylio)


From Merrium-Webster Word of the Day

If you can't simply wish something out of existence, the next best thing might be to "propose it away." That's more or less what "abrogate" lets you do -- etymologically speaking, at least. "Abrogate" comes from the Latin root "rogare," which means "to propose a law," and "ab-," meaning "from" or "away." We won't propose that you try to get away from the fact that "rogare" is also an ancestor in the family tree of "prerogative" and "interrogate." "Abrogate" first appeared in English as a verb in the 16th century; it was preceded by an adjective sense meaning "annulled" or "cancelled" which is now obsolete.

SO abrogate means "to propose a law -- away"

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