Byzantine

Pronounced: BIH-zuhn-teen, adj (the vowel in “zuhn” is almost not pronounced)

Notes: This word can also be lowercase (byzantine); I almost didn’t include this word


Yesterday’s word

The word dree means (as a verb) “to endure or suffer”. As an adjective, it means “tedious or dreary”

Background / Comments

The word comes from Old English dreogan. As I noted yesterday, I’ve run across the phrase dree one’s weird in some reading (maybe The 39 Steps, but I’m not sure). This phrase means “to endure one’s fate”.

First usage

This is very old; it goes back to before 1000.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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