Peccable comes from Old French from the Medieval Latin adjective peccābilis “capable of sin, susceptible to sin,” formed from the Latin verb peccāre “to go wrong, make a mistake, act incorrectly, commit a moral or sexual offense.” Peccable was formed on the model of impeccable, which dates from the first half of the 16th century. Peccable entered English in the early 1600s.
How is peccable used?
In his thought at that sharp moment he blasphemed even against all that had been left of his faith in the peccable Master.
Henry James, The Lesson of the Master, 1888
And Mrs. Hancock delivers Mrs. Malaprop’s peccable usages with impeccable aplomb. Nothing offends this lady so much as having someone cast ”an aspersion upon my parts of speech.”
Walter Goodman, “A Comedy of Manners by Sheridan,” New York Times, August 10, 1989
This is a term that you will find in the Midland and Southern United States. It is referring to something that is in disarray, that is askew, or something that isn’t directly across from something. For example, a post office might be cattywampus from the library. You might actually know this word by the terms catty-corner, kitty-corner, or catawampus.
producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc., in abundance; prolific; fruitful: fecund parents; fecund farmland.very productive or creative intellectually: the fecund years of the Italian Renaissance.
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fēcundus, equivalent to fē- (see fetus) + -cundus adj. suffix; replacing late Middle English fecounde < Anglo-FrenchRelated formsnon·fe·cund, adjectiveun·fe·cund, adjective
This is a simple term that refers to being confused, perplexed, or flustered or to cause confusion. You’ve probably heard your grandma or grandpa use this phrase, especially if they are from the East Coast or below the Mason-Dixon Line. This word is derived from the Old English dumfoozle.
(especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential.”the nascent space industry”synonyms:just beginning, budding, developing, growing, embryonic, incipient, young, in its infancy, fledgling, evolving, emergent, emerging, rising, dawning, advancing, burgeoning;rarenaissant”the nascent economic recovery”
CHEMISTRY(chiefly of hydrogen) freshly generated in a reactive form.
early 17th century: from Latin nascent- ‘being born’, from the verb nasci .
the process of growth or increase, typically by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter.”the accretion of sediments in coastal mangroves” · “the growing accretion of central government authority”
accumulation · collecting · gathering · amassing · cumulation · accrual · growth · formation · enlargement · increase · gain · augmentation · rise · mushrooming · snowballing · amassment thing formed or added by gradual growth or increase.” the city has a historic core surrounded by recent accretions” · “about one-third of California was built up by accretions”
addition · extension · growth · appendage · add-on · supplement astronomy the coming together and cohesion of matter under the influence of gravitation to form larger bodies
early 17th century: from Latin accretio(n-), from accrescere ‘become larger’ ( see accrete).
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