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Nov 5, 2018
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trumped-up
stormy petrel
melancholia
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huckster

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Typically, we feature words that are organized around a theme each week. Words borrowed from Spanish, or words with all vowels, or words from mythology, for instance.

Random times call for random words. Once in a while, we just close our eyes and open the dictionary. Then we point a finger somewhere on the page. We did this five times and these words popped up. What are the odds?

trumped-up

PRONUNCIATION:
(trumpt-up)

MEANING:
adjective: Faked or fraudulent.

ETYMOLOGY:
A corruption of the word triumph, from Old French triumphe, from Latin triumphus (triumph), from Greek thriambos (hymn to Dionysus). Also see, trumpery. Earliest documented use: 1728.

USAGE:
“Hell, my reputation was born of grassroots journalism; never was I ever guilty of cheap trumped-up sensationalism!”
Ian Way; Envoys from the Stars; Balboa Press; 2015.

See more usage examples of trumped-up in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god. -J.B.S. Haldane, scientist (5 Nov 1892-1964)

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