Thursday, June 11, 2009

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Word of the Day for Thursday, June 11, 2009

redivivus \red-uh-VY-vuhs; -VEE-\, adjective:

Living again; brought back to life; revived; restored.

Augustine redivivus, R. contends, would find in the history of the present century confirmation of his pessimistic views of human nature.
-- Roland J. Teske, "Augustine: Ancient Thought Baptized", Theological Studies, June 1, 1995
She is the young Magda redivivus to the last degree, including the way she arches her eyebrow when she speaks.
-- Judith Dunford, "Exit Laughing", Newsday, May 8, 1994
As for Neeson -- of the nose-heavy, asymmetrical countenance and shrewdly darting, soul-searching eyes, he is a lopsided Gary Cooper redivivus -- hardly something to sneeze at.
-- John Simon, "Michael Collins", National Review, November 25, 1996

Redivivus comes from Latin, from the prefix red-, re-, "again" + vivus, "alive." Entry and Pronunciation for redivivus

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