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    labyrinthine

    lae b@ rIn thihn  [or]  lae b@ rIn thin

    adjective
    1.  of, resembling, or forming a labyrinth.
    We followed our guide through the labyrinthine catacombs.

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    landlocked

    laend lakt

    adjective
    lacking access to the sea.
    Paraguay and Bolivia are the only landlocked countries in South America; all the other countries border the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans, or both in the case of Colombia.

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Jan
28
2014

ex cathedra

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

eksthi drə  [or]  eks kae thih drə

adjective & adverb

from the chair (Latin); with the authority of one’s office or rank (used especially of statements from the pope regarding faith and morals).
example: Catholic doctrine considers the Pope infallible when he speaks ex cathedra. 

Quotations using ex cathedra

…as an adverb
“This misses the most fundamental tenet of Catholicism: the doctrine of the infallibility of the Popes when they speak ex cathedra on faith and morals (sex and marriage).”

…as an adjective
His fatwas are the nearest equivalent that al-Qaeda has to an ex cathedra statement from the pope.
“The numbers are quoted as if they are “ex-cathedra,” infallible in their wisdom.”