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May 6, 2015
This week’s theme
Words that turn into another word when beheaded

This week’s words
scop
junto
hauteur

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hauteur

PRONUNCIATION:
(hoh-TUHR)

MEANING:
noun: Haughtiness.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French hauteur (haughtiness, height), from Latin altus (high). Ultimately from the Indo-European root al- (to grow or to nourish), which also gave us adolescent, adult, old, alumnus, altitude, enhance, coalesce, and prolific. Earliest documented use: 1628.

USAGE:
“A critic of immense hauteur, Jonathan Miller enjoys dishing it out, but is acutely sensitive to any whiff of criticism.”
The Miller’s Tale; The Economist (London, UK); Dec 15, 2012.

See more usage examples of hauteur in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization. -Sigmund Freud, neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis (6 May 1856-1939)

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