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jeremiad (jer-uh-MIE-uhd) noun

A literary work or speech expressing a bitter lament or a righteous prophecy of doom.

[French jeremiade, after Jeremie, Jeremiah, author of The Lamentations, from Late Latin Ieremias, from Hebrew Yirmeyahu.]

"A year ago, in his now-famous jeremiad against Hollywood, Dole challenged Time Warner executives: `Must you debase our nation and threaten our children for the sake of corporate profits?'" Saletan, William, Sin of omission: how long can religious conservatives go on about protecting kids from dangerous drugs without saying anything about smoking?, Mother Jones, 15 May 1996.

This week's theme: eponyms.

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Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity. -George Bernard Shaw


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