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Etymology Word of the Week

Director of Admissions Pat O'Rourke '90, a self-proclaimed "word nerd," brings you his Etymology Word of the Week. Every other week he presents an online Etymology lesson just for fun!

Etymology Word of the Week – As some of you know, in addition to working in the Admissions Office, I also teach Latin at Saint Ignatius and am something of a "word nerd."  Thus, each week, I’ll sneak a vocabulary word (sometimes derived from Latin, sometimes not) into the e-blast.  Here, then, is this week’s edition of the Etymology Word of the Week.  

Unanimous - “of one mind; in complete agreement.”  From the Latin numeral unus, una, unum meaning “one” and the Latin noun animus, animi, masc. meaning “spirit, mind, life, soul, breath” (all information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – animal, animate, animation, inanimate (object), equanimity (fairness), magnanimous (generous, noble), pusillanimous (cowardly), animus (hostility), animosity; unicycle, universe, uniform

SAMPLE SENTENCE - “Aidan was unanimously voted a captain by his fellow teammates.”  

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