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An "August" Assortment: Words Worthy of Honor

July 16, 2020
The month of August was named after Augustus Caesar, the first emperor of Rome, who lived from 63 BCE–14 CE. He took the name Augustus — he was born Gaius Octavius — because it means "worthy of honor" in Latin. Learn this list of synonyms for august and your vocabulary will be fit for an emperor!
august
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?
dignified
“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.
eminent
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.
exalted
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.
honorable
“In our game, there’s nothing more honorable than tipping your cap,” Kendrick said.
imposing
“It is the only survivor of a clump of pines on Raddon Top, an imposing site of bronze age and Neolithic remains,” he says.
lofty
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
The 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
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.
regal
Regalis means "of a king or queen" in Latin, so regal is a synonym for royal.
“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.
resplendent
From the same Latin root as splendid, something 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
Douglass’s stately home, which sits high on a knoll, is where he spent the last 17 years of his life.
venerable
To 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.

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