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Jul 13, 2010
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paean
mephitic
equipoise
risible
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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

mephitic

PRONUNCIATION:
(muh-FIT-ik)

MEANING:
adjective: Poisonous or foul-smelling.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin mephitis (foul smell).

USAGE:
"Jack Black is a sterling example of the actor who starts out seeming like a breath of fresh air, and then turns into something stale, fetid, mephitic, nauseating."
Joe Queenan; Do You Remember When Jack Black Was Funny?; The Guardian (London, UK); Oct 9, 2009.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Like cars in amusement parks, our direction is often determined through collisions. -Yahia Lababidi, author (b. 1973)

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