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Dec 5, 2022
This week’s theme
Illustrated words

This week’s words
cherubic
nidus
pelagic
rutilant
tatterdemalion

cherubic
Illustration: Leah Palmer Preiss

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with Anu Garg

It’s that time of the year again when we feature illustrations by the artist Leah Palmer Preiss (curiousartlab at gmail.com). As in previous years I gave her some words and she got busy in her studio. Wonder what she’d make of these words, I was thinking.

This week you’ll see the brilliant art she turned those words into. For previous years see here.

cherubic

PRONUNCIATION:
(chuh-ROO-bik)

MEANING:
adjective: Having a sweet, innocent appearance.

ETYMOLOGY:
From cherub, from Latin cherubim, from Greek kheroubin, from Hebrew kerubim. Ultimately from the Semitic root krb (to praise). Earliest documented use: 1645.

USAGE:
“I can’t help but think how proud I am of the beautiful little boy with the cherubic face as he matures into a fine young man.”
Rebecca Whitfield-Baker; When the School Bell Chimes for the Last Time; The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia); Oct 30, 2022.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun. -Christina Rossetti, poet (5 Dec 1830-1894)

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