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Jul 17, 2020
This week’s theme
Misc. words

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scansorial
stridor
disquisition
sanguinary
concupiscence

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Words coined after fairy-tale characters
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with Anu Garg

concupiscence

PRONUNCIATION:
(kon-KYOO-pih-suhns)

MEANING:
noun: Strong desire; lust.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin concupiscere (to desire ardently), from con- (intensive prefix) + cupere (to desire). Earliest documented use: 1340.

USAGE:
“So, Seb’s kiss hadn’t actually settled a day and a night later. Certainly, it had made her body feel very good, cranking those long dormant cogs of concupiscence back into motion.”
Freya North; Secrets; Sourcebooks; 2012.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Never underestimate the determination of a kid who is time rich and cash poor. -Cory Doctorow, author and journalist (b. 17 Jul 1971)

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