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Mar 16, 2011
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Seventeen-letter words to mark Wordsmith.org's septendecennial

This week's words
predestinarianism
triskaidekaphobia
contradistinguish
laryngopharyngeal
perspicaciousness

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contradistinguish

PRONUNCIATION:
(kon-truh-di-STING-gwish)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To distinguish (one thing from another) by contrasting qualities.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin contra- (against) + distinguish, from Middle/Old French distinguer, from Latin distinguere (to pick or separate). Ultimately from the Indo-European root steig- (to stick; pointed), which is also the source of ticket, etiquette, instinct, stigma, thistle, tiger, and steak. Earliest documented use: 1622.

USAGE:
"Avni successfully contradistinguished the character of Menachem from the other men in uniform he has played."
Dan Williams; Aki Avni's Stellar Sincerity; The Jerusalem Post (Israel); Nov 29, 2000.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There is nothing like desire for preventing the things one says from bearing any resemblance to what one has in one's mind. -Marcel Proust, novelist (1871-1922)

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