sophrosyne

Pronounced: suh-FROSS-uh-nee, noun

Notes: I don’t think I’ve every run across this word, but it’s a good, usable word to know


Yesterday’s word

The word kakistocracy means “government by the least qualified or worst persons”

First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

The only reason I figured out our word was that I have taken a few Greek classes, and the front part of the word looked as if it were related to the Greek word kakos, which I happened to know… so I got it right. Most people know that words ending in -cracy have to do with ruling (meritocracy, democracy, theocracy, and many others). To get specific, our word comes from the Greek word kakistos (worst), which is the superlative form of kakos (bad) combined with -cracy (rule).

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

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