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This week's theme: words about war.
fetial (FEE-shuhl) adjective, also fecial
Relating to declarations of war and treaties of peace.
[From Latin fetialis, a member of the Roman college of priests, who performed the rites in such matters.]
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"Joe -- in one of those fetial gestures by which we softened our warring -- had given me a couple of starts." O.A. Bushnell; Ka'A'Awa: A Novel about Hawaii in the 1850s; University of Hawaii Press; 1972.
Be like the bird, who halting in his flight / On limb too slight, / Feels it give way beneath him, yet sings / Knowing he has wings. -Victor Hugo, writer (1802-1885)