The word noble, in addition to referring to someone born to aristocratic ranks, can also be used to describe someone of outstanding character. That word first appeared in English in the 13th century,
Word of the Day: Transpicuous
Transpicuous is derived from the Latin word transpicere, meaning 'to look through.' Transpicere, in turn, is a formation that combines trans-, meaning 'through,' and specere, meaning 'to look' or 'to...
Word of the Day: Defile
It's likely that when you hear the verb defile, what comes to mind is not troop movements but, rather, something being contaminated or desecrated. That more commonly encountered homograph of defile,
Word of the Day: Vaticination
When George Orwell's novel 1984 was published in 1949, a displeased critic said it broke 'all records for gloomy vaticination.' (In Orwell's favor, another critic asserted, 'It is impossible to put