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Nov 26, 2020
This week’s theme
Supervocalic words

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euphoria
quaternion
urticaceous
autotelic
vinaceous

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autotelic

PRONUNCIATION:
(ah-toh-TEH-lik)

MEANING:
adjective: Having a purpose, motivation, or meaning in itself; not driven by external factors.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek auto- (self) + telos (end). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwel- (to revolve), which also gave us colony, cult, culture, cycle, cyclone, chakra, collar, telic, entelechy, talisman, col, and accolade. Earliest documented use: 1864.

USAGE:
“I knew I had found my theme, but it was an artistic, an academic, an autotelic choice, having nothing to do with extraneous matters.”
Reginald Hill; Death’s Jest-Book; Harper; 2002.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The best theology is probably no theology; just love one another. -Charles Schulz, cartoonist (26 Nov 1922-2000)

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