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Nov 24, 2020
This week’s theme
Supervocalic words

This week’s words
euphoria
quaternion
urticaceous
autotelic
vinaceous

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quaternion

PRONUNCIATION:
(kwuh/kwah-TUHR-nee-uhn)

MEANING:
noun: A set of four persons, things, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin quattuor (four). Earliest documented use: 1384.

USAGE:
“There were four of us then, not merely two, and in our quaternion the vintage sap flowed freely, flowed and bled and boiled as it may never again.”
John Hawkes; The Blood Oranges; New Directions; 1972.

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

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To understand is not to forgive. It is simply better than the alternative, which is not to understand. -Alec Nove, economist, author, and professor (24 Nov 1915-1994)

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