sacerdotal's Word of the Day



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The Word of the Day for July 28 is:

sacerdotal \sass-er-DOH-tul or sak-er-DOH-tul\ (adjective)
*1 : of or relating to priests or a priesthood : priestly
2 : of, relating to, or suggesting religious belief
emphasizing the powers of priests as essential mediators
between God and mankind

Example sentence:
After saying grace, Father Donahue shed his sacerdotal
role (to Flynn's relief) and the two old friends embarked on a
lively discussion of sports and politics.

Did you know?
"Sacerdotal" is one of a host of English words derived
from the Latin "sacer," meaning "sacred." Can you guess which
two words below are NOT derived from that root?

A. desecrate B. secretory C. sacrifice
D. sacrilege E. consecrate F. sacrament
G. sanctify H. sacroiliac I. execrable

You might have guessed "execrable" because it's missing
the "s" found in other "sacer" derivatives, but that's not
the right answer. "Execrable" developed from the Latin word
"exsecrari" (meaning "to put under a curse"), which comes from
the prefix "ex-" plus "sacer." Actually, "secretory" (meaning
"produced by secretion") and "sanctify" are the two words in
our list that are not offspring of "sacer."

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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