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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. The point on the earth’s surface directly above the focus of an earthquake.
2. The center or focal point of an activity or event, especially something unpleasant.
From Latin epicentrum, from Greek epikentros, from epi- (upon) + kentron (needle, pivot point for drawing a circle). Earliest documented use: 1887.
“Itu, a commuter city outside Sao Paulo, is at the epicenter of the worst drought to hit southeastern Brazil in more than eight decades.”
Biggest Brazil City Desperate for Water in Drought; Associated Press (New York); Nov 6, 2014.
See more usage examples of epicenter in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Every noon as the clock hands arrive at twelve, / I want to tie the two arms together, / And walk out of the bank carrying time in bags. -Robert Bly, poet (b. 1926)