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nabob (NAY-bob) noun

1. A governor in India under the Mogul Empire. Also called nawab.

2. A person of wealth and prominence.

[Hindi nawab, nabab, from Arabic nuwwab, pl. of na'ib, deputy.]

American History since 1865: Spiro Agnew (SPEER-oh AG-nooh, AG-nyooh), The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 1 Jan 1988. "Agnew was elected vice president in 1968 and 1972 as the running mate of Richard Nixon. He attacked opponents of the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War, calling them `an effete corps of impudent snobs' and `nattering nabobs of negativism.' In 1973 Agnew pleaded nolo contendere to charges of income tax evasion, and resigned from office."

This week's theme: loanwords from Hindi and Sanskrit.


It is impossible to live pleasurably without living prudently, honorably, and justly; or to live prudently, honorably, and justly, without living pleasurably. -Epicurus (B.C. 341-270)

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