Posted by: retarigan | July 23, 2015

Word Dictionary [230715]


Word of the day: mitigate
Definition: v.tr. 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

v.tr.  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

Birthday of the day: Yazid I; Yazīd ibn Mu‘āwiya ibn Abī Sufyān Arabic: يزيد بن معاوية بن أبي سفيان‎ (born 645; died 683), commonly known as Yazid I, was the second Caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate (and the first one by heredity), ruling for three years from 680 CE until his death in 683 CE. The period of Yazid’s rule is thought of as a disaster for Muslims and his rule is still remembered by many, especially Shia Muslims. His period witnessed the massacre of Kerbala, losses in North Africa, and a loss of supremacy at sea. During this period, the spoilation and profanation of the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah by his forces occurred.

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.

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