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A.Word.A.Day--incommode

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This week's theme: red-herring words.

incommode (in-kuh-MOD) verb tr.

To inconvenience.

[From Latin incommodus (inconvenient), ultimately from the Indo-European root med- (to take appropriate measures) that is also the source of medicine, modern, modify, modest, and modulate.]

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

"CCTV cameras are regrettable exigencies in unstable times. The only innocent people they incommode are the poor devils who have to sift through the footage."
Howard Jacobson; Thanks to New Labour, We Can Say Goodbye to Our Civil Liberties -- and Polish Potatoes; The Independent (London, UK); Jun 16, 2007.

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