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Aug 19, 2009
This week's theme
Words that exercise all your fingers

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diastrophism
micropsia
supplicatory
adiaphorism
simpatico
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supplicatory

PRONUNCIATION:
(SUH-pli-kuh-tor-ee)

MEANING:
adjective: Humbly pleading.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin supplicare (to kneel). Ultimately from the Indo-European root plak- (to be flat) that's also the source of fluke, flake, flaw, plead, please, and supple.

USAGE:
"The supplicatory attitude that some Taiwanese politicians have shown to China to win its favor must stop."
Bill Chang; Warnings on China Also Meant For Taiwan; The Taipei Times (Taiwan); Jun 11, 2005.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites. -Christian Bovee, lawyer and author (1820-1904)

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