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Mar 18, 2014
This week's theme
Miscellaneous words

This week's words
acuity
desuetude
turgid
sciolism
edacity

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desuetude

PRONUNCIATION:
(DES-wi-tood, -tyood)

MEANING:
noun: A state of disuse.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin de- (away from) + suescere (to become accustomed). Earliest documented use: 1623.

USAGE:
"Far from being a high-tech wonder, the Earth Station had a sad, neglected air about it, a feeling of desuetude and abandonment."
Douglas Preston; Impact; Forge Books; 2010.

See more usage examples of desuetude in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn. -John Updike, writer (1932-2009)

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