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Oct 2, 2013
This week's theme
Fossil words

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petard
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dudgeon
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dudgeon

PRONUNCIATION:
(DUHJ-uhn)

MEANING:
noun: A feeling of anger, resentment, indignation, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of unknown origin. Earliest documented use: 1380.

NOTES:
This word is often used in the term "in high dudgeon" as in "He went off in high dudgeon" meaning "He left in great anger and indignation."

USAGE:
"Nancy Pearl: In high dudgeon, one of my fellow committee members loudly announced that I would burn in hell forever for my actions!"
Awards Season and Carnegie Longlist; Publishers Weekly (New York); Mar 10, 2013.

"Phil Porble had every right to express his dudgeon at being yanked from his august position."
Charlotte MacLeod; The Corpse in Oozak's Pond; Mysterious Press; 1987.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always. -Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

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