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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Word of the day


cogent

PRONUNCIATION:
(KOH-juhnt) 

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Convincing or believable.
2. Relevant.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin cogere (to drive together), from co- (together) + agere (to drive). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ag- (to drive, draw), which is also the source of such words as act, agent, agitate, litigate, synagogue, and ambassador. Earliest documented use: 1659.

USAGE:
"[Michael Chabon's novel] 'Telegraph Avenue', tries to weave the stories of nearly a dozen different characters into a cogent narrative."
Failure of Imagination; The Economist (London, UK); Sep 8, 2012.


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