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Nov 9, 2011
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apopemptic
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addlepated
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addlepated

PRONUNCIATION:
(AD-l-pay-tid)

MEANING:
adjective: Confused; eccentric; flustered.

ETYMOLOGY:
From addle (to muddle or confuse), from adel (rotten) + pate (head). Earliest documented use: 1614.

USAGE:
"Addlepated inventor Wallace and his intelligent canine companion Gromit take up a new career as bakers in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death'."
Charles Solomon; Cartoon Shorts Vie; Variety (Los Angeles); Feb 12, 2010.

See more usage examples of addlepated in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous. -Raymond Thornton Chandler, writer (1888-1959)

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