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Dec 17, 2013
This week's theme
Verbs

This week's words
descant
hebetate
blandish
importune
colligate

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hebetate

PRONUNCIATION:
(HEB-i-tayt)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To make dull or obtuse.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin hebetare (to make blunt), from hebes (blunt). Earliest documented use: 1574.

USAGE:
"Habit then while it hebetates our sentiments, improves our judgments of things."
Xavier Bichat; Physiological Researches on Life and Death; Longman; 1815.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think. -Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

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