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Feb 13, 2015
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solicitude

PRONUNCIATION:
(suh-LIS-i-tood, -tyood)

MEANING:
noun: Care or concern for another.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin sollus (whole), ultimately from the Indo-European root sol- (whole), which brought us solid, salute, save, salvo, soldier, catholicity, salutary, and salubrious + citus, past participle of ciere (to arouse), ultimately from the Indo-European root kei- (to set in motion), which also gave us cinema, kinetic, excite, and resuscitate. Earliest documented use: 1412.

USAGE:
“We also meet ‘Little’, a 19-year-old on death row for robbing and kidnapping, whom the other inmates treat with tender solicitude after he wakes up in the middle of the night screaming and in tears.”
Jenna Fisher; For a Song and a Hundred Songs; The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, Massachusetts); Jul 3, 2013.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In some circumstances, the refusal to be defeated is a refusal to be educated. -Margaret Halsey, novelist (13 Feb 1910-1997)

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