August comes from the Latin verb
augere, meaning "to increase." Unlike the month, when you're pronouncing
august to describe something or someone worthy of the highest respect, the stress goes on the second syllable.
My comments may provoke discussion in the
august halls of the Naval War College, but what are the midshipmen in Bancroft Hall at Annapolis supposed to think?
“This was a face-off in the most vivid terms between a
dignified, composed, completely nonviolent multitude of silent protesters and the truly malevolent force of a heavily armed, hateful battalion of troopers,” Lewis wrote.
Eminere means "to project" in Latin, so something
eminent sticks up above its surroundings, standing out by virtue of its height or grand stature.
Preeminent means the tallest, the biggest, a leader of leaders. You may also see
éminence grise, "grey eminence," a French expression used to describe an influential or powerful figure who operates behind the scenes, out of the public eye.
Mr. Wilsey managed to recruit about 150
eminent scientists as advisers, with some actively working on the research problem.
Altus means "high" in Latin, so to
exalt something is to raise it up, either literally or figuratively. The
altar in a church or temple comes from the same root: a raised platform where holy objects are placed.
Europe’s revolutionary tradition
exalted liberty, equality and fraternity until revolutionary fascism sacrificed the first to the second and third.
“In our game, there’s nothing more
honorable than tipping your cap,” Kendrick said.
“It is the only survivor of a clump of pines on Raddon Top, an
imposing site of bronze age and Neolithic remains,” he says.
The only word on this list that does not come from Latin,
lofty is Old Norse,
loft meaning "sky" or "upstairs."
The deal with Google will bolster Reliance’s
lofty tech ambitions, such as building smart homes, using solutions similar to Amazon.com Inc’s Alexa voice assistant, connected cars and security systems.
majestic scavengers, the largest land bird in North America, with a 9.5-foot wingspan, once inhabited areas stretching from California to Florida and Western Canada to Northern Mexico.
Noble used to mean a person born into a royal family or the aristocracy: someone with a title like Duchess or Earl. It can still be used that way, but
nobility can also mean the state of being highly moral, virtuous, or altruistic: a very good person who earns the label through action, not a lucky birth.
“This memorial garden is dedicated to her
noble spirit which celebrated the oneness of humankind and to the bonds of everlasting friendship between black and Jewish people,” reads the plaque in the ground.
Regalis means "of a king or queen" in Latin, so
regal is a synonym for
“Wimbledon — the sound of the word, in itself, is magical. It’s historical. It’s different. It’s
regal,” said Evert, a three-time singles champion there.
From the same Latin root as
resplendent is glorious, exquisite, or breathtakingly beautiful.
European visitors swoon with desire and disbelief at the sight of the hyacinth bean, a purple-leafed vine
resplendent in August with striking purple stems, flowers and seedpods.
stately home, which sits high on a knoll, is where he spent the last 17 years of his life.
venerate someone is to revere them, to hold them in the highest esteem. There's also a connotation of age; a
venerable person or institution is one that has been around for a long time and part of the respect they deserve is based on that.
Mr. Lewis, 80, died Friday following a
venerable career in American politics and activism that included decades representing Georgia in the U.S.