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Apr 20, 2022
This week’s theme
There’s a verb form for it

This week’s words
travest
anathematize
immiserate
betrump
manuscribe

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immiserate

PRONUNCIATION:
(i-MIZ-uh-rayt)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To impoverish or to make miserable.

ETYMOLOGY:
Back-formation from immiseration (impoverishment), loan translation of German Verelendung (impoverishment). The word is from in- (into) + miserable, from Latin miserari (to pity), from miser (pitiable, wretched). Earliest documented use: 1956.

USAGE:
“He also asks whether revolutionaries elevate or immiserate their populations.”
Western Hemisphere; Foreign Affairs (New York); Nov/Dec 2021.

“He immiserates the Earth, Roger. We all ten billion immiserate the Earth by being here.”
Carter Scholz; Gypsy; PM Press; 2015.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. -Robert Lynd, writer (20 Apr 1879-1949)

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