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Apr 2, 2015
This week’s theme
Words related to the names of planets

This week’s words
saturnine
mercurial
jovial
earthy
martial

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earthy

PRONUNCIATION:
(UHR-thee)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Relating to earth or soil.
2. Direct; uninhibited.
3. Coarse; unrefined.
4. Practical; down-to-earth.
5. Worldly, as opposed to heavenly.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English eorthe (earth). Earliest documented use: 1398.

USAGE:
“Vargas Llosa remains fundamentally true to his earthy, non-utopian vision.”
Thomas Mallon; Restless Realism; The New Yorker; Mar 16, 2015.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men. -Emile Zola, writer (2 Apr 1840-1902)

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