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A.Word.A.Day--succedaneum

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This week's theme: unusual words.

succedaneum (suk-si-DAY-nee-uhm) noun

A substitute.

[From Latin succedere (to succeed), from suc- (a variant of sub-, used before c) and cedere (to go). Ultimately from Indo-European root ked- (to go or yield) that's also the ancestor of exceed, secede, proceed, cease, and necessary.]

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

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"Sharon's idea of a peace process is a succedaneum for war process." Road Map or Road Rage?; United Press International; May 19, 2003.

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This world is divided roughly into three kinds of nations: those that spend lots of money to keep their weight down; those whose people eat to live; and those whose people don't know where their next meal is coming from. -David S. Landes, author, professor of economics and history (1924- )

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