Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Subscribe

Archives



Mar 18, 2015
This week’s theme
Words with all the vowels

This week’s words
abstentious
arterious
placentious
aerious
duoliteral

Scrabble tiles vowels
Photo: Sean Jones

On your calendar
Get A.Word.A.Day on your calendar

Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

placentious

PRONUNCIATION:
(pla-SEN-shus)

MEANING:
adjective: Pleasing or inclined to please.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin placentia (pleasantness), from placere (to please). Earliest documented use: 1661.

USAGE:
“[John Walbye was] a placentious person, gaining the good-will of all with whom he conversed, being also ingenious, industrious, learned, eloquent, pious, and prudent.”
Thomas Fuller; The History of the Worthies of England; T. Tegg; 1840.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Smaller than a breadbox, bigger than a TV remote, the average book fits into the human hand with a seductive nestling, a kiss of texture, whether of cover cloth, glazed jacket, or flexible paperback. -John Updike, writer (18 Mar 1932-2009)

A.Word.A.Day by email:

Subscribe

"The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-mail in cyberspace."

The New York Times

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith