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Jul 22, 2010
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Words that look one part of speech but are other

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contumely
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gloaming
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gloaming

PRONUNCIATION:
(GLO-ming)

MEANING:
noun: Twilight; dusk.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English gloming, from Old English glomung, from glom (dusk). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghel- (to shine), which is also the source of words such as yellow, gold, glimmer, glimpse, glass, arsenic, melancholy, and cholera.

USAGE:
"The book is a marked departure from previous (Robert) Harris works set in the chill gloaming of mid-20th-century European history, an era that has fascinated him since he was a child."
Alan Cowell; A Writer's Allegories For Today; International Herald Tribune (Paris, France); Nov 18, 2003.

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

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