Pronounced: GOB-moosh, noun

Notes: I don’t remember ever running across this word

Yesterday’s word

The word commove means

  • to move violently; agitate
  • to rouse intense feeling in; excite to passion
First usage

This word goes back to the 1300s

Background / Comments

This is a rare word; Samuel Johnson declared the word “not in use”; that was in the 1700s, but it was still used in through the texts in the 1800s. Sir Walter Scott and George Eliot used the word. It came into Middle English as commeven from Anglo-French (commoveir), and to Anglo-French from Middle French (commovoir), and to Middle French from Latin (commovēre).

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