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Aug 11, 2021
This week’s theme
Words that look one part of speech but are other

This week’s words
constitutional
commensurate
dialectic
curtal
niddering
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dialectic

PRONUNCIATION:
(dy-uh-LEK-tik)

MEANING:
noun: A discussion employed in investigating the truth of a thesis.
adjective: Relating to such a discussion.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek dia- (between) + legein (to speak). Earliest documented use: 1382.

USAGE:
“‘We must first go back to the idea of the dialectic, Prof.’
‘Ah, yes, we ended in the middle, or should I say the muddle, of the dialectic last week, didn’t we? This is in fact the nature of the dialectic, always in motion, surging forward and racing.’”
Namwali Serpell; The Old Drift; Hogarth Press; 2019.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself. -Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (11 Aug 1833-1899)

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