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A.Word.A.Day--dehort

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This week's theme: archaic words.

dehort (di-HORT) verb tr.

To discourage from doing something.

[From Latin dehortari (to dissuade), from de- + hortari (to urge).]

This well-meaning word has gone out of circulation while its antithesis "exhort" continues to prosper. It's about time to remedy the situation and bring this rather usable word back to currency.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"To those of his Friends that dehort him from Poetry." Thomas Randolph (1605-1635); On the Inestimable Content He Enjoys in the Muses.

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There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another. -Emma Goldman, social activist (1869-1940)

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