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Oct 1, 2007
This week's theme
Miscellaneous words

This week's words
deleterious
oligarchy
moliminous
lugubrious
multeity

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

Could you feature more practical words? That's a question we are asked from time to time. While some readers enjoy unusual words, others are looking for words that they consider more usable.

Business or pleasure, that's what it comes down to, it seems. Why not mix business with pleasure, I say. Put some of those unusual words to use in your memos, theses, and papers. They just might enliven the prose.

With that said, this week we have tried to pick words one would consider more practical.

deleterious

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deleterious (del-i-TEER-ee-uhs) adjective

Harmful; injurious.

[From Greek deleterios (destructive), from deleisthai (to harm).]

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

"Petroleum and its products will continue to fetch escalating prices with new and deleterious effects on the world's economies and politics."
Mary King; No Business as Usual in Energy; Trinidad and Tobago Express; Jun 25, 2007.

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