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A.Word.A.Day--tatterdemalion

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This week's theme: words to describe people.

tatterdemalion (tat-uhr-di-MAYL-yuhn, -MALEE-uhn) adjective

Ragged, tattered.

noun

A person in ragged clothes.

[From Middle English tater, from Old Norse toturr (rag). The origin of demalion is uncertain.]

"He might look like lord of all he surveys, but look closer: He's a tatterdemalion emperor, a dictator in rags constantly patrolling his hard-won fiefdom."
Washington City Paper; Theater Review: Free Your Mind; May 17, 2007.

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

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Whatever people in general do not understand, they are always prepared to dislike; the incomprehensible is always the obnoxious. -Letitia E. Landon, author (1802-1838)

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