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The Quandary for today, Tuesday, September 02, 2014, consists of:
  • levee
  • punctilio
  • repugn
  • tintinnabular
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

1. An embankment made to prevent flooding. 2. An embankment around a field that is to be irrigated. 3. A landing place; a quay.
  1. A fine point in exactness of conduct, ceremony or procedure. Strictness in observance of formalities.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 02, 2014 is:

repugn • \rih-PYOON\  • verb
: to contend against : oppose

Examples:
Over 450 students signed the petition repugning the school board’s decision to fire the popular teacher.

"Still to come, bad blood between Bloom and Bieber. Will we ever know what happened when the movie star repugns the pop star?" — Lester Holt, NBC News Transcripts, August 2, 2014

Did you know?
Repugn is a word that was relatively common in English in the 16th and 17th centuries. These days, however, English speakers are more likely to be familiar with one of its close relatives, namely, the adjective repugnant, which formerly meant "hostile" but today most commonly means "exciting distaste or aversion." The Latin root for both of these words is pugnare, meaning "to fight." Other English derivatives from this root are pugnacious, meaning "belligerent," and impugn, meaning "to assail with words or arguments." Even pungent is a relative of pugnare. Therefore, don’t try to repugn, or impugn for that matter, the influence of pugnare on our language—lest you appear pugnacious!

tintinnabular: of or pertaining to bells or bell ringing.

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