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Jan 26, 2011
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Words with no repeating letters

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benthic
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guerdon
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guerdon

PRONUNCIATION:
(GUHR-duhn)

MEANING:
noun: A reward or recompense.
verb tr.: To reward or recompense.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via French from Latin widerdonum, alteration (by influence of Latin donum: gift) of Old High German widarlon (repayment). Earliest documented use: Before 1366.

USAGE:
"The report claims Furse will also pick up a one-off payment of almost double her annual salary in 2005 -- as part of a special guerdon."
Chris Noon; LSE Merger Talk Drive Up Value Of Furse's Holdings; Forbes (New York); Mar 20, 2006.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
human wandering through the zoo / what do your cousins think of you. -Don Marquis, humorist and poet (1878-1937)

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