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Oct 14, 2014
This week's theme
Words from mythology

This week's words
odyssey
cimmerian
narcissist
atlas
charon

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cimmerian

PRONUNCIATION:
(si-MIR-ee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Very dark or gloomy.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Cimmerians, a mythical people described in Homer's Odyssey, who lived in perpetual darkness at the entrance of Hades. The historical Cimmerians, who lived in Crimea, were unrelated. Earliest documented use: 1594.

USAGE:
"All along the beach they had travelled on the empty bus, watching as lightning slashed the brooding, Cimmerian sky."
Anita Rau Badami; The Hero's Walk; Algonquin Books; 2001.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To be nobody-but-yourself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting. -E.E. Cummings, poet (1894-1962)

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