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Apr 23, 2015
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

This week’s words
stolid
ascetic
dour
intractable
lissom


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intractable

PRONUNCIATION:
(in-TRAK-tuh-buhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Not easily handled, managed, or controlled.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin tractare (to handle), frequentative of trahere (draw). Earliest documented use: 1545.

USAGE:
“Leeds have traditionally employed the most dour, most intractable men outside of the Democratic Unionist Party as their managers. Now this. A man who can smile.”
Tom Humphries; Pain and Suffering Continues as Usual; Irish Times (Dublin); Nov 16, 1998.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go. -Shakespeare, poet and dramatist (23 Apr 1564-1616)

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