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Apr 1, 2022
This week’s theme
Clothes (or lack of them)

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defrock
divest
travesty
revet
investiture

investiture
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investiture

PRONUNCIATION:
(in-VES-ti-choor/chuhr)

MEANING:
noun: A formal ceremony in which someone is given an official title, rank, honors, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin investire (to cloth, install), from vestis (garment). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wes- (to clothe), which also gave us wear, vest, invest, divest, travesty, and revet. Earliest documented use: 1387.

USAGE:
“We have, however, maintained control over merchandising relating to the investiture itself and have come up with some exciting ideas. Firstly, everyone attending will be able to purchase a photo of themselves with Australia’s first president.”
Ross Fitzgerald & Ian McFadyen; The Dizzying Heights; Hybrid Publishers; 2019.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -Milan Kundera, novelist, playwright, and poet (b. 1 Apr 1929)

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