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Mar 4, 2015
This week’s theme
Words using only one of the vowels

This week’s words
parastatal
defervescence
imprimis
poltroon
tumulus

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imprimis

PRONUNCIATION:
(im-PRY-mis, -PREE-)

MEANING:
adverb: In the first place.

ETYMOLOGY:
From contraction of Latin phrase in primis (among the first), from in (among) and primus (first). The word was originally used to introduce the first of a number of articles in a list, such as a will, an inventory, etc. Earliest documented use: 1465.

USAGE:
“Imprimis, H.M. did not like being addressed as the Ancient Mariner; and, secondly, he said he had an artistic temperament and must not be interrupted while rehearsing his lines.”
John Dickson Carr; And So to Murder; Merrivale; 1940.

See more usage examples of imprimis in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It took less than an hour to make the atoms, a few hundred million years to make the stars and planets, but five billion years to make man! -George Gamow, physicist and cosmologist (4 Mar 1904-1968)

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