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A.Word.A.Day--point-device

Pronunciation Sound Clip

This week's theme: archaic words.

point-device (point di-VYS) adverb

Completely; perfectly.

adjective

Perfect; precise; meticulous.

[From the phrase "at point devis" meaning "at a fixed point" or "to perfection".]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Thus he [Eginhard] grew up, in logic point-device, Perfect in grammar, and in rhetoric nice."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Tales of a Wayside Inn; 1863.

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If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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