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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:noun: A strict disciplinarian.
ETYMOLOGY:After Jean Martinet, an army officer during the reign of Louis XIV in France. He was a tough drill master known for his strict adherence to rules and discipline. He was killed by friendly fire during the siege of Duisburg in 1672.
USAGE:"Many people believe the agency acts like a martinet. They say the agency is hard-headed and hard-hearted. They say it is dictatorial and unyielding."
APA Motives Commendable; Press-Republican (Plattsburgh, New York); May 11, 2009.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)