Archive for November, 2007


Now you know what lenitive means. Isn’t that lenitive?

len·i·tive /ˈlɛnɪtɪv/

1.    softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications.
2.    mildly laxative.
3.    a lenitive medicine or application.
4.    a mild laxative.
5.    Archaic. anything that softens or soothes.

[Origin: 1535–45; < ML lénītīvus. See lenition, -ive]

—Related forms
len·i·tive·ly, adverb
len·i·tive·ness, noun 



The meaning of delitescent is delitescent no more.

del·i·tes·cent /ˌdɛlɪˈtɛsənt/

concealed; hidden; latent.

[Origin: 1675–85; < L délitéscent– (s. of délitéscéns) (prp. of délitéscere to hide away); see de-, latescent]

—Related forms
del·i·tes·cence, del·i·tes·cen·cy, noun



Further well-versed vocabulary.

thet·ic /ˈθɛtɪk, ˈθitɪk/

positive; dogmatic.
Also, thet·i·cal.

[Origin: 1670–80; < Gk thetikós, equiv. to thet(ós) placed, set (verbid of tithénai to lay down) + –ikos -ic]

—Related forms
thet·i·cal·ly, adverb



Words, words, words.

la·bile /ˈleɪbəl, -baɪl/

1. apt or likely to change.
2. Chemistry. (of a compound) capable of changing state or becoming inactive when subjected to heat or radiation.

[Origin: 1400–50; late ME labyl < LL lābilis, equiv. to L lāb(ī) to slip + –ilis -ile]

—Related forms
la·bil·i·ty, noun



Another erudite vocable.

ca·lig·i·nous /kəˈlɪdʒənəs/

–adjective Archaic.
misty; dim; dark.

[Origin: 1540–50; < L cālīginōsus misty, equiv. to cālīgin– (s. of cālīgō) mist + –ōsus -ous]

—Related forms
ca·lig·i·nos·i·ty, ca·lig·i·nous·ness, noun
ca·lig·i·nous·ly, adverb



More supernal verbiage.

su·per·nal /sʊˈpɜrnl/

1. being in or belonging to the heaven of divine beings; heavenly, celestial, or divine.
2. lofty; of more than earthly or human excellence, powers, etc.
3. being on high or in the sky or visible heavens.

[Origin: 1475–85; < MF < L supern(us) upper + –ālis -al1]

—Related forms
su·per·nal·ly, adverb



Devoir is the first of about 60 words I noted from Fatal Revenant.

de·voir /dəˈvwɑr, ˈdɛvwɑr; Fr. dəˈvwar/

–noun, plural de·voirs /dəˈvwɑrz, ˈdɛvwɑrz; Fr. dəˈvwar/

1. an act of civility or respect.
2. devoirs, respects or compliments.
3. something for which a person is responsible; duty.

[Origin: 1250–1300; ME devoir, deveir, dever < OF devoir (AF deveir, dever) < L débére to owe; cf. debt]