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marmoreal

PRONUNCIATION:
(mahr-MOHR-ee-uhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Resembling marble or a marble statue, for example, in smoothness, whiteness, hardness, coldness, or aloofness.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin marmoreus (made of marble) from marmor (marble). Earliest documented use: 1798.

USAGE:
"Bernhard Schlink's intelligent book [The Reader] has been frozen in marmoreal stillness."
David Denby; Curious Cases; The New Yorker; Feb 9, 2009.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there's more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged. -Norman Mailer, author (1923-2007)

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