Word of the Day – Iniquity

Apocryphal (adj) a-pok-rif-ul Of doubtful authorship or authenticity./ of doubtful sanction; uncanonical. First recorded in 1580–90; apocryph(a) + -al1 (more…)

Iniquity (noun) in-ik-wit-ee gross injustice or wickedness. / a violation of right or duty; wicked act; sin. 1300–50; Middle English Latin inīquitās unevenness, unfairness, equivalent to inīqu(us) uneven, unfair (in-in-3…

Tintinnabulation (noun) tin-ti-nab-yu-lay-shun The ringing or sound of bells. Tintinnabulation is based on the Latin verb tintinnāre, meaning “to ring.” Tintinnāre was created by mimicking the sound of ringing, similar…

Uhuru (noun) oo-hoo-roo freedom; independence. Uhuru is a loanword from Swahili, a Bantu language with substantial influence from Arabic. The u- element is a native Swahili term roughly meaning “-ity,…

Padauk (also padouk) (noun) pad-ouk Any of several trees belonging to the genus Pterocarpus, of the legume family, native to tropical Asia and Africa, having reddish striped or mottled wood…

Immensurable (adj) i-men-sur-abl Incapable of being measured; limitless. Immensurable is easily confused with immeasurable, and the resemblance is no coincidence. Both come from Late Latin mēnsūrābilis, “that can be measured,”…

Mountebank (noun) moun-te-bank a person who deceives others, especially in order to trick them out of their money; a charlatan. 1570–80; (Middle French ) Italian montimbanco one who climbs on…

Katabatic (adj) kat-a-bat-ik (of a wind or air current) moving downward or down a slope. Katabatic comes from Ancient Greek katá, meaning “down, through, against, towards,” and baínein, “to go.”…

Banderole (noun) ban-duh-rol a small flag or streamer fastened to a lance, masthead, etc. Banderole comes by way of French from Italian banderuola, formed from bandiera, “banner,” and -uola, roughly…

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