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Jun 20, 2013
This week's theme
Words made with combining forms

This week's words
rhizophagous
zymurgy
logomania
plutolatry
otorhinolaryngology

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plutolatry

PRONUNCIATION:
(ploo-TOL-uh-tree)

MEANING:
noun: Excessive devotion to wealth.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek pluto- (wealth) + -latry (worship). Earliest documented use: 1891. Pluto was the god of riches in Roman mythology.

USAGE:
"He said this reflected the 'appearance of unbridled avarice -- the flowering of plutolatry'."
John F. Copper & Ta-ling Lee; Coping With a Bad Global Image; University Press of America; 1997.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The man who dies rich dies disgraced. -Andrew Carnegie, industrialist (1835-1919)

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