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Sep 10, 2012
This week's theme
Words to describe people

This week's words
munificent
fastidious
impeccable
imperious
rapacious

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

There are some seven billion of us on this Earth and we are all interconnected. There's this idea of six degrees of separation that we are only six links away from any person. With online social networks, perhaps we have shed a few links already.

What words do you use to describe people around you? This week's A.Word.A.Day discusses five words to describe people in your network.

munificent

PRONUNCIATION:
(myoo-NIF-uh-suhnt)

MEANING:
adjective: Extremely generous.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin munus (gift) + facere (to make). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mei- (to change, go, or move [of goods]) that also brought us migrate, mutate, molt, miss, mutual, municipal, and remunerate. Earliest documented use: 1565.

USAGE:
"The Southern Pacific was a rapacious villain whose coffers overflowed only because of the government's munificent grant of land."
Don Hofsommer; The Southern Pacific; Texas A&M University Press; 2009.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Our perception that we have "no time" is one of the distinctive marks of modern Western culture. -Margaret Visser, writer and broadcaster (b. 1940)

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