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Jan 26, 2017
This week’s theme
Miscellaneous words

This week’s words
quotidian
effluvium
ineffable
visage
inexorable

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visage

PRONUNCIATION:
(VIZ-ij)

MEANING:
noun: Face, appearance, or expression.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French vis (face), from Latin visus (sight, appearance), from videre (to see). Ultimately from the Indo-European root weid- (to see), which also gave us guide, wise, vision, advice, idea, story, history, previse, videlicet, vidimus, vizard, and invidious. Earliest documented use: 1303.

USAGE:
“The poor victim’s visage grew gentler. The fury which had contracted it was followed by a strange smile full of ineffable sweetness, gentleness, and tenderness.”
Victor Hugo (translation: Isabel F Hapgood); The Hunchback of Notre Dame; 1888.

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

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