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May 3, 2013
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Words borrowed from other languages

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leviathan

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leviathan

PRONUNCIATION:
(li-VY-uh-thuhn)

MEANING:
noun: Something large and powerful.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via Latin from Hebrew liwyathan (whale). Earliest documented use: 1382.

USAGE:
"A merger between the two firms, which both belong to London's Magic Circle of top five law firms, would have created a legal leviathan with 950 partners and more than 10,000 staff."
Liz Chong; Partners Quit; The Times (London, UK); Aug 1, 2006.

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

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