Monday, September 15, 2008

Word of the Day


Pronunciation: \LIM\
Function: transitive verb
Limn is from Middle English limnen, alteration of luminen, from enluminen, from Etymology: Medieval French enluminer, from Late Latin illuminare, "to illuminate," ultimately from Latin lumen, "light."

1. To depict by drawing or painting.
2. To portray in words; to describe.

"In telling these people's stories Mr. Butler draws upon the same gifts of empathy and insight, the same ability to limn an entire life in a couple of pages."

— Michiko Kakutani, "Earthlings May Endanger Your Peaceful Rationality", New York Times, March 10, 2000

Thanks to Constant Comment for today's WOTD entry

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