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Nov 10, 2017
This week’s theme
Unusual verbs

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pernoctate
desacralize
nuncupate
reeve
senesce

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senesce

PRONUNCIATION:
(suh-NES)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To grow old or decay.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin senescere (to grow old), from senex (old). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sen- (old), which is also the ancestor of senior, senate, senile, Spanish señor, sir, sire, and surly (which is an alteration of sirly, as in sir-ly). Earliest documented use: 1656.

USAGE:
“Everywhere I scrutinize, the deep structural connections are unraveling, senescing, peeling away.”
Neil Clarke; Galactic Empires; Night Shade Books; 2017.

See more usage examples of senesce in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best. -Henry van Dyke, poet (10 Nov 1852-1933)

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