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May 24, 2010
This week's theme
Words having many unrelated meanings

This week's words
jactitation
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with Anu Garg

Some of the people I admire in history had multifarious talents: Rabindranath Tagore (poet, novelist, dramatist, composer, musician, artist, educator, Nobelist), Leonardo da Vinci (painter, engineer, musician, scientist), Isaac Asimov (scientist, writer of about 500 books on all sorts of topics), among others. Humans were meant to do many things.

So can be said of this week's words. Each word featured here has multiple, often unrelated, meanings.

jactitation

PRONUNCIATION:
(jak-ti-TAY-shun)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A false boast or claim that is intended to harm someone, especially a malicious claim by a person that he or she is married to a particular person.
2. Involuntary tossing and twitching of the body and limbs.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin jactitation (tossing, false declaration), past participle of jactitare (to throw out publicly, to boast), frequentative of jactare (to throw about), frequentative of jacere (to throw).

USAGE:
"Film actress Meera has filed a suit for jactitation of marriage against her alleged husband Attique Ur Rehman, seeking court directions to stop him from claiming her as his legal wife."
Meera Files for Marriage Jactitation; The Pak Banker (Pakistan); Feb 10, 2010.

"Tizanidine hydrochloride has been used for the treatment of jactitation."
How to Relieve Chronic Pain After Amputation; Pulse (UK); May 5, 2001.

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

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