calumniate

Pronounced: kuh-LUHM-nee-ate, verb

Notes: This was another close one; I had a sense of the meaning, but was a bit off


Yesterday’s word

The word affinal means “related to or concerning marriage”

First usage

Our word came into English in the early 1600s

Background / Comments

After seeing the definition, I thought our word was related to fiancé or finacée; to bolster that thought, I had seen the word affianced somewhere in my reading, and knew from the context that it meant “betrothed” or “engaged”. However, such is not the case: our word comes from the Latin word affinis (a relative), and is related to one of the definitions of affinity; specifically, “relationship by marriage or ties other than blood” – it stands in contrast to consanguinity (related by blood; having a common ancestor).

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

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