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Apr 13, 2022
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Eponyms

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pyrrhonism
morphetic
Rothschild
roorback
Hercules

rothschild
“If I were a rich man” song from the musical Fiddler on the Roof
Inspired by “If I were a Rothschild

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Rothschild

PRONUNCIATION:
(ROTH/ROTHS-chyld)

MEANING:
noun: A very rich person.

ETYMOLOGY:
After the Rothschild banking family that rose to prominence with Mayer Rothschild (1744-1812). He had his five sons expand business in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, and Naples. Earliest documented use: 1824.

USAGE:
“Then there’s Robert, who seems to think he’s a Rothschild, thinking of building himself a huge local-stone mansion.”
Graham Masterton; Lady of Fortune; Bloomsbury; 2013.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The tax which will be paid for this purpose [of educating common people], is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests, and nobles, who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance. -Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect, and author (1743-1826)

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