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Oct 29, 2015
This week’s theme
Miscellaneous words

This week’s words
anodyne
salacious
probity
rectitude
emollient

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rectitude

PRONUNCIATION:
(REK-ti-tood, -tyood)

MEANING:
noun:
1. Moral uprightness.
2. Correctness.
3. Straightness.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin rectus (right, straight). Ultimately from the Indo-European root reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead or rule) that also gave us regime, direct, rectangle, erect, alert, source, surge, recto, abrogate, arrogate, incorrigible, interregnum, prorogue, regent, regnant, and supererogatory. Earliest documented use: 1425.

USAGE:
“Manohar has maintained an image of rectitude and financial probity that in today’s age can be seen as a modern marvel.”
Shashank Manohar: A Cricket Administrator with an Unbending Will; The Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India); Oct 5, 2015.

See more usage examples of rectitude in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it. -James Boswell, biographer and lawyer (29 Oct 1740-1795)

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