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Sep 9, 2016
This week’s theme
Misc. words

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flagrant
mendacious
venal
feckless
veritable

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with Anu Garg

veritable

PRONUNCIATION:
(VER-i-tuh-buhl)

MEANING:
adjective: True; real (typically used as an intensifier for a metaphor).

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French verai (true), from Latin verus (true). Earliest documented use: 1474.

USAGE:
“Given that Albany is the home of the venal, the feckless, and the indifferent -- a veritable temple of dysfunction -- it’s difficult to imagine, given their record, that it has the capacity to do anything right.”
Leonard Quart; Transit Woes Result of Government Failure; The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts); Apr 8, 2010.

See more usage examples of veritable in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction. -Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (9 Sep 1828-1910)

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