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Jan 17, 2014
This week's theme
Words to describe people

This week's words
voluble
intransigent
potentate
sophist
solicitous

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solicitous

PRONUNCIATION:
(suh-LIS-i-tuhs)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Full of concern.
2. Eager.
3. Meticulous.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin sollus (whole), ultimately from the Indo-European root sol- (whole), which brought us solid, salute, save, salvo, soldier, catholicity, salutary, and salubrious + citus, past participle of ciere (to arouse), ultimately from the Indo-European root kei- (to set in motion), which also gave us cinema, kinetic, excite, and resuscitate. Earliest documented use: 1563.

USAGE:
"The staff is solicitous of its core customer; efficient with others."
Alexandra Jacobs; Dennis Basso's New Shop; The New York Times; Dec 12, 2013.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it. -Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)

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