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Jun 14, 2007
This week's theme
Archaic words

This week's words
stalworth
selcouth
peradventure
dehort
latchet

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dehort

(di-HORT) Pronunciation Sound Clip

verb tr.: To discourage from doing something.

[From Latin dehortari (to dissuade), from de- + hortari (to urge).]

NOTES: This well-meaning word has gone out of circulation while its antithesis "exhort" continues to prosper. It's about time to remedy the situation and bring this rather usable word back to currency.

"To those of his Friends that dehort him from Poetry."
Thomas Randolph (1605-1635); On the Inestimable Content He Enjoys in the Muses.

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There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another. -Emma Goldman, social activist (1869-1940)

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