Category: Word of the Day
əb si kwi əs
showing or tending to show servile obedience or deference; fawning.
example: I would like your honest opinion, not just obsequious compliments.
example: The obsequious relatives made frequent visits to their elderly and very wealthy aunt.
Im prə ma tər [or] Im prə meI tər
1. an official license to print or publish, especially one issued by the Roman Catholic censor.
2. any official permission or sanction.
example: Without the imprimatur of the FDA, this drug will remain inaccessible to many who need it.
prə ra gə tihv
1. an exclusive right or privilege derived from one’s office, position, age, citizenship, birth, or the like.
As a resident of the city, it is your prerogative to vote in city elections, but no one can force you to, of course.
2. a right or privilege enjoyed by a person or group.
I’m an adult, and it’s my prerogative to decide whom I will marry.
of, derived from, or utilizing a prerogative.
complete; unmitigated; downright.
He is an arrant flirt who tries to win over women right in front of their husbands.
hae bər dae shə ri
1. a shop that sells men’s clothing and furnishings.
2. the goods sold in such a shop.
“And where will I find a haberdashery?”
“A what? Talk English. What you want?”
“I want a–an outfit; a personal outfit.”
“Blanket to moccasins? Levi’s, stranger. Levi’ll outfit you complete and throw in a yellow purp [pup] under the wagon.”
(Edwin Legrand Sabin, Desert Dust