Monday, March 9, 2009

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Word of the Day for Monday, March 9, 2009

incisive \in-SAHY-siv\, adjective:

1. penetrating; cutting; biting; trenchant
2. remarkably clear and direct; sharp; keen; acute
3. adapted for cutting or piercing
4. of or pertaining to the incisors

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.
-- Rod Serling

by 1528, from Latinincisivus, from incis-/incidere "to cut into"

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