Wondrous Words Wednesday: 1/13/21

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Vivacious (vi-vey-shuhs, vahy-): lively; animated; spirited
Origin: 1640s, from Latin vivax (genitive vivacis) “lively, vigorous” (from PIE root *gwei- “to live”) + -ous. Related: Vivaciously.

Inauguration (in-aw-gyuhrey-shuhn, -guh-): an act or ceremony of inaugurating.
Origin: “ceremonial investiture with office; act of solemnly or formally introducing or setting in motion anything of importance or dignity,” 1560s, from French inauguration “installation, consecration,” and directly from Late Latin inaugurationem (nominative inauguratio) “consecration,” presumably originally “installment under good omens;” noun of action from past-participle stem of inaugurare “take omens from the flight of birds; consecrate or install when omens are favorable,” from in- “on, in” (from PIE root *en “in”) + augurare “to act as an augur, predict” (see augur (n.)).

Umbrageous (uhm-brey-juhs): apt to take offense.
Origin: Umbrageous has two main senses: “creating or providing shade, shady” and “apt or likely to take offense.” The word comes via French ombrageux “shady; inclined to take offense,” from Latin umbrāticus “(of a person or an activity) living or performed in the shade, secluded, devoted to quiet, impractical pursuits.” Umbrāticus, a derivative adjective and noun of umbra “shadow, shade, reflection, outline,” does not have the senses “shady, providing shade” or “apt or inclined to take offense,” which are senses that English borrowed from 17th-century French. Umbrageous entered English in the second half of the 16th century.f


Online Etymology Dictionary

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