Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About | Media | Search | Contact  


Home

Today's Word

Subscribe

Archives



Feb 9, 2021
This week’s theme
There’s a word for it!

This week’s words
glossophobia
agathokakological
pensum
perlage
sialoquent

agathokakological
Photo: Amazon

Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

agathokakological

PRONUNCIATION:
(ag-uh-thuh-kak-uh-LAHJ-uh-kuhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Made up of both good and evil.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek agathos (good) + kakos (bad). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kakka-/kaka- (to defecate), which also gave us poppycock, kakistocracy, cacophony, cacology, and cacography. Earliest documented use: 1834.

USAGE:
“When any project dominates your life for a sizeable length of time, let alone the best part of six years, you have to accept the agathokakological nature of the beast.”
Ronan O’Callaghan; Walzer, Just War and Iraq; Routledge; 2016.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
My country is the world and my religion is to do good. -Thomas Paine, philosopher and writer (9 Feb 1737-1809)

We need your help

Help us continue to spread the magic of words to readers everywhere

Donate

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2021 Wordsmith