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The Word of the Day for July 19 is:

tenebrous \TEH-nuh-bruss\ (adjective)
1 : shut off from the light : dark, murky
*2 : hard to understand : obscure
3 : causing gloom

Example sentence:
The reasons for Aaron's sudden decision to quit a job he
had seemed to enjoy were tenebrous.

Did you know?
"Tenebrous" means "obscure" or "murky," but there's
nothing unclear about its history. Etymologists know that the
word derives from the Latin noun "tenebrae," which means
"darkness." "Tenebrous" has been used in English since the 15th
century, and in the 20th century it was joined by some
interesting relations. "Tenebrionid" is the name of a nocturnal
beetle that is usually dark-colored and is also called a
"darkling beetle." "Tenebrism" refers to a style of painting --
associated with the Italian painter Caravaggio -- in which most
of the figures are engulfed in shadow but some are dramatically
illuminated by concentrated light.

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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