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Aug 29, 2014
This week's theme
Words that can't be analyzed easily

This week's words
recapitulate
degust
reprove
prorogue
repose

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repose

PRONUNCIATION:
(ri-POHZ)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A state of rest.
2. Calmness.

verb intr.:
3. To lie down.
4. To lie dead.

verb tr.:
5. To lay at rest.
6. To place confidence in someone or something.
7. To put something somewhere.

ETYMOLOGY:
For 1-5: From Latin repausare (to cause to rest), from re- (intensive prefix) + pausare (to rest), from pausa (rest). Earliest documented use: 1450.
For 6-7: From Latin reponere (to store up), from ponere (to put). Ultimately from the Indo-European root apo- (off or away) that is also the source of after, off, awkward, post, and puny. Earliest documented use: 1440.

USAGE:
"Matisse wanted 'anyone tired, worn down, driven to the limits of endurance, to find calm and repose' in his art. In this he certainly succeeded."
Carving into Colour; The Economist (London, UK); Apr 12, 2014.

See more usage examples of repose in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. -John Locke, philosopher (1632-1704)

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