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Sep 14, 2016
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

This week’s words
boulevardier
pachyderm
revenant
rhapsode
bon viveur

The Revenant, a novel
The Revenant, a novel inspired by a real story, later made into a movie

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revenant

PRONUNCIATION:
(REV-uh-nuhnt)

MEANING:
noun: A person who returns after a long absence or supposedly after death.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French revenant (ghost), from revenir (to return), from Latin re- (again) + venire (to come). Earliest documented use: 1823.

USAGE:
“Lawrence Osborne seems to be a revenant from a species that has, paradoxically, become almost extinct following the triumph of globalisation: the traveller (or travel-writer)-novelist.”
Neel Mukherjee; Hunters in the Dark; The Guardian (London, UK); May 6, 2015.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men. -Sydney J. Harris, journalist and author (14 Sep 1917-1986)

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