Posted by: retarigan | April 23, 2015

Word Dictionary [230415]

Word of the day: mitigate
Definition: make milder or less intense or severe; moderate (your offer certainly mitigated their hostility).
Synonyms: extenuate, palliate
Etymology: ME f. L mitigare mitigat- f. mitis mild (more…)

pronunciation: ˈmɪtɪɡeɪt

from Oxford: mitigate make milder or less intense or severe; moderate (your offer certainly mitigated their hostility).
Usage: Often confused with militate.
Phrases and idioms: mitigating circumstances Law circumstances permitting greater leniency.
Derivatives: mitigable adj. mitigation n. mitigator n. mitigatory adj.
Etymology: ME f. L mitigare mitigat- f. mitis mild

from Wordnet: mitigate

v 1: lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of; “The circumstances extenuate the crime” [syn: extenuate, palliate]
2: make less severe or harsh [syn: moderate]

Quote of the day: Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present. by Roger Babson

Isabelle of Hainaut

Isabelle of Hainaut

Birthday of the day: Isabelle of Hainaut; Isabella of Hainault (Valenciennes, 5 April 1170 – 15 March 1190, Paris) was queen consort of France as the first wife of King Philip II of France.

Joke of the day: A young child walked up to her mother and stared at her hair. As mother scrubbed on the dishes, the girl cleared her throat and sweetly asked, ‘Why do you have some grey strands in your hair?’ The mother paused and looked at her daughter. ‘Every time you disobey, I get one strand of grey hair. If you want me to stay pretty, you better obey.’ The mother quickly returned to her task of washing dishes. The little girl stood there thinking. She cleared her throat again. ‘Mother?’ She sweetly asked again. ‘Yes?’ Her Mother replied. ‘Why is Grandma’s hair all grey?’

Thought of the day: Once we hold a belief, it tends to stick with us for the rest of our lives, unless we challenge it.

Fact of the day: 215 BC – A temple is built on the Capitoline Hill dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene.

Biography of the day: Archibald Cox; Archibald Cox (17 May 1912-29 May 2004), distinguished lawyer, Harvard Law professor, U.S. solicitor general, and Watergate special prosecutor, was born Archibald Cox, Jr., in Plainfield, New Jersey, the oldest child of the prominent New York lawyer Archibald Cox, Sr., and Frances ‘Fanny’ Perkins. Young ‘Archie’ spent much of his childhood at the estate of his mother’s family in Windsor, Vermont, a wooded retreat established by his great-grandfather William M. Evarts. Evarts, a descendant of the founding founder Roger Sherman, was a renowned nineteenth-century lawyer who had represented President Andrew Johnson in his impeachment trial (1868) and an independent-minded statesman who served as U.S. attorney general, secretary of state, and senator from New York. This family history entwined with law and public service influenced Archie from his earliest days.

Article of the day: Caelum; Caelum is a faint constellation in the southern sky, introduced in the 1750s by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. Latin for “chisel”, it is the eighth-smallest constellation, measuring around 0.038 steradians, just smaller than Corona Australis. Caelum is a rather barren constellation with few objects of interest, due to its small size and location away from the plane of the Milky Way. The constellation’s brightest star, Alpha Caeli, is only of magnitude 4.45, and only one other star (Gamma1 Caeli) is brighter than magnitude 5. Other notable objects in Caelum are RR Caeli, a binary star with one planet approximately away; X Caeli, a Delta Scuti variable that forms an optical double with Gamma1 Caeli; and HE0450-2958, a Seyfert galaxy (pictured) that at first appeared as just a jet, with no host galaxy visible. The source of the jet was once suggested to be a supermassive black hole, but is now agreed to be a small galaxy that is partially obscured by light from the jet and a nearby starburst galaxy.

Did you know: a) that when a member of the Royal Commission on Local Government in England in 1966-69, Derek Senior wrote a memorandum of dissent as long as the report itself? b) that despite his father calling him ‘the flower of my fleet’, Fleetwood Pellew (pictured) still managed to provoke two mutinies and spent thirty years on half-pay? c) that D. Bennett Mazur was elected in 1991 to serve a sixth term in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 37th Legislative District, but resigned after suffering a stroke on Election Day? d) that in 1899 Isaac Seneca became the first Native American to be named as an All-American football player while playing halfback for the Carlisle Indian School?



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