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Jan 20, 2010
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Miscellaneous words

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asperity
obscurantism
sedulous
surcease
lineament

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sedulous

PRONUNCIATION:
(SEJ-uh-luhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Involving great care, effort, and persistence.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin se (without) + dolus (trickery, guile). Ultimately from the Indo-European root del- (to count or recount) that is also the source of tell, tale, talk, and Dutch taal (speech, language).

USAGE:
"Elizabeth Bishop was sedulous, pernickety, quietly determined; she would work on poems for years."
Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell; The Economist (London, UK); Nov 20, 2008.

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

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