Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About | Media | Search | Contact  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ



Jun 20, 2013
This week's theme
Words made with combining forms

This week's words
rhizophagous
zymurgy
logomania
plutolatry
otorhinolaryngology

Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

plutolatry

PRONUNCIATION:
(ploo-TOL-uh-tree)

MEANING:
noun: Excessive devotion to wealth.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek pluto- (wealth) + -latry (worship). Earliest documented use: 1891. Pluto was the god of riches in Roman mythology.

USAGE:
"He said this reflected the 'appearance of unbridled avarice -- the flowering of plutolatry'."
John F. Copper & Ta-ling Lee; Coping With a Bad Global Image; University Press of America; 1997.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The man who dies rich dies disgraced. -Andrew Carnegie, industrialist (1835-1919)

We need your help

Help us continue to spread the magic of words to readers everywhere

Donate

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2018 Wordsmith