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Jul 12, 2010
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Miscellaneous words

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paean
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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

Post No Bills. Have you ever seen a wall with that notice pasted on it? That reminds me of books, manuals, and annual reports with a "blank" page bearing the text: "This page intentionally left blank." In the same vein, this week's A.Word.A.Day theme is intentionally left blank. Instead, I've selected a potpourri of interesting words to examine this week.

paean

PRONUNCIATION:
(PEE-uhn)

MEANING:
noun: An expression of praise, joy, or triumph, traditionally in the form of a song.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin paean, from Greek paian (hymn of thanksgiving to Apollo), after Paian, Paion (epithet of Apollo in the hymn).

USAGE:
"Hitch-22 is among the loveliest paeans to the dearness of one's friends."
Dwight Garner; In Memoir, Christopher Hitchens Looks Back; The New York Times; Jun 1, 2010.

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

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