Pronounced: dih-MITT, verb

Notes: I know remit, but not demit

Yesterday’s word

The word rearguard means “of or relating to resistance especially to sweeping social forces”

First usage

This word showed up in the late 1800s

Background / Comments

There is a noun “rear guard” that goes back to the late 1400s. It refers to soldiers that are stationed at the rear of a body to protect it from attack – especially during retreat. Note that the troops as the front are called the “vanguard”. A rearguard action is the defensive or delaying fight waged as resistance against the encroaching enemy. Through figurative extension, the word began to apply to other means of resistance, often by a small force against a more powerful one.

Published by Richard

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

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