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A.Word.A.Day--gladsome

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This week's theme: unusual words used in famous quotations.

gladsome (GLAD-suhm) adjective

Causing or showing joy.

[From Old English gloed. Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghel- (to shine) that is also the source of words such as yellow, gold, glimmer, glimpse, glass, arsenic, melancholy, and cholera.]

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

"The gladsome light of Jurisprudence." Edward Coke; The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England; 1628; quoted in The Yale Book of Quotations.

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If I can stop one Heart from breaking / I shall not live in vain / If I can ease one Life the Aching / Or cool one Pain / Or help one fainting Robin / Unto his Nest again / I shall not live in Vain. -Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

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