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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
The word religion derives from Latin ligare (to tie or to bind, as in 'ligament'), but it best serves as a tool to divide people. My religion is better than yours. My god true, yours false. What, we have the same religion? No problem, my sect is better than yours.
I recently read a thought-provoking book 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God by Guy Harrison. I found the author's patient and thoughtful discussion worthwhile reading and I highly recommend it to all, believers and non-believers.
This week in AWAD we'll look at five words related to religion.
MEANING:adjective: Of or relating to priests: priestly.
ETYMOLOGY:Via French from Latin sacerdotalis (priestly), from sacerdos (priest, literally one who offers sacrifices), from sacer (holy, sacred) + dare (to give).
USAGE:"My student came from a country where professors hold a sacerdotal status and so took my jest as a brushoff."
David D Perlmutter; Are You A Good Protege?; Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington, DC); Apr 18, 2008.
Explore "sacerdotal" in the Visual Thesaurus.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The noble art of losing face / may one day save the human race / and turn into eternal merit / what weaker minds would call disgrace. -Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)
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