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This week's theme: Miscellaneous words

moiety (MOI-i-tee) noun

1. A half.
2. A portion.

From Latin medius (middle). Ultimately from the Indo-European root medhyo- (middle) that's also the source of middle, mean, medium, medal (originally a coin worth a halfpenny), mezzanine, and mediocre.

"Amazingly, Carbery failed to score in the opening moiety."
Ballincollig Impress; The Southern Star (Skibbereen, Ireland); Jun 16, 2007.

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

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If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state. -Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (1828-1910)

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