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Mar 12, 2020
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quidditative
microcephalic
chrysocracy
lachrymogenic
pleniloquence

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lachrymogenic

PRONUNCIATION:
(lak-ruh-muh-JEN-ik)

MEANING:
adjective: Inducing tears.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin lacrima (tear) + -genic (producing). Earliest documented use: 1907. Two related words are lachrymose and lachrymal.

USAGE:
“For there is no more lachrymogenic experience than the school Nativity play -- to see one’s little darling, enrobed in tea-towel/pashmina, clutching toy sheep/live special breed etc.”
Gill Hornby; Hankies at the Ready as the Nativity Season Arrives; The Daily Telegraph (London, UK); Dec 12, 2009.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is the hardest thing in the world to be in love, and yet attend to business. A gentleman asked me this morning, 'What news from Lisbon?' and I answered, 'She is exquisitely handsome.' -Richard Steele, writer and politician (bap. 12 Mar 1672-1729)

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