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Dec 11, 2015
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Where’s the rest of my word?

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jaculate
cognize
plaint
suage
gratulate

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with Anu Garg

gratulate

PRONUNCIATION:
(GRACH-uh-layt)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To congratulate.
2. To express joy at the sight of something or someone.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin gratulari (to congratulate), from con- (with) + gratulari (to show joy), from gratus (pleasing). Earliest documented use: 1567.

USAGE:
“Dr. Israel’s truncated declarations of how proud he was of his accomplishments came across as bland, self-gratulating and unfeeling.”
Walter Goodman; A Few Scary Pictures Can Go a Long Way; The New York Times; Mar 20, 1994.

“The wine flowed freely and after an hour I began to feel good and silently gratulated myself on the good fortune of missing out on each and every item that I had absolutely no use for.”
Ben Wicks; A Boyhood Idol Next Door Better Than Boots in the Closet; Toronto Star (Canada); May 28, 1988.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? -Alexander Solzhenitsyn, novelist, Nobel laureate (11 Dec 1918-2008)

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