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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 18, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I’ve had a lot going on this week so haven’t done much reading and had to turn to my Word-a-Day calendar to discover some new words.

1. gravamen – “The gravamen of Walter’s letter to the editor was that the newspaper frequently reported on the school system’s failures but rarely covered its successes and improvements.”

Gravamen is a noun that means the material or significant part of a grievance or complaint.

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2. epigone – “Having chafed for years at the idea that she is merely her famous teacher’s epigone, Catherine was very pleased to hear the word “groundbreaking” applied to her own work.”

Epigone is a noun that means a follower or disciple; also : an inferior imitator.

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3. chary – “Many members of Congress were chary of voting in support of the controversial bill for fear it would go against them in a future election.'”

Chary is an adjective and, in this case, means hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risks.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2017 6:12 am

    All three are new to me. With the description of epigone, I thought it would be in the Bible, but I don’t remember ever seeing it there.

  2. October 18, 2017 8:01 am

    All new!

  3. Iya permalink
    October 18, 2017 8:29 am

    All three were new to me. I thought epigone was related to words, but oh well. At least I actually had a hunch for it. I didn’t even know what to think for the other two!

  4. October 18, 2017 9:32 am

    0-3. Darn. Chary was really the only word that sounded familiar. But didn’t get it.

  5. October 18, 2017 11:35 am

    All new

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 18, 2017 12:23 pm

    Not a clue for any of them!

  7. Patty permalink
    October 18, 2017 5:53 pm

    All of these are very new!

  8. October 18, 2017 6:03 pm

    Happy Wednesday, Kathy! Excellent words from your word-a-day calendar!

  9. October 19, 2017 6:19 pm

    These three are all new words to me. Thank-you for the very interesting post!

  10. bookingmama permalink
    October 23, 2017 6:26 am

    These were all new to me but I could tell the meaning from the sentence context.

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