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Apr 25, 2005
This week's theme
Verbs

This week's words
temporize
adduce
perpend
animadvert
palter

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"They've a temper, some of them--particularly verbs, they're the proudest -- adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs -- however, I can manage the whole lot of them!" boasts Humpty-Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's 1872 classic, Through the Looking Glass.

If they are in fact as conceited as Humpty-Dumpty claims them to be, perhaps verbs can be forgiven for their hoity-toity ways -- after all they are the ones that bring a sentence to life. How many of this week's five verbs can you manage?

temporize or temporise

(TEM-puh-ryz) Pronunciation

verb intr.: To delay so as to gain time or to avoid making a decision.

[From French temporiser (to bide one's time), from Medieval Latin temporizare (to pass the time), from Latin tempor-, from tempus (time).]

"Over the past several months, as the international community has continued to temporize, conditions in Sudan have worsened."
Editorial: Darfur, Continued; The Providence Journal (Rhode Island); Apr 19, 2005.

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

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I hold that gentleman to be the best-dressed whose dress no one observes. -Anthony Trollope, novelist (1815-1882)

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