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quotidian

[kwoh-tid-ee-uh n] /kwoʊˈtɪd i ən/
adjective
1.
daily:
a quotidian report.
2.
usual or customary; everyday:
quotidian needs.
3.
ordinary; commonplace:
paintings of no more than quotidian artistry.
4.
(of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur daily.
noun
5.
something recurring daily.
6.
a quotidian fever or ague.
Origin of quotidian
1300-1350
1300-50; < Latin quotīdiānus, cottīdiānus daily, equivalent to cottīdi(ē) every day (adv.) (*quot(t)ī a locative form akin to quot however many occur, every + diē, ablative of diēs day; cf. meridian) + -ānus -an; replacing Middle English cotidien < Old French < Latin, as above
Related forms
quotidianly, adverb
quotidianness, noun
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  • Yet what novelist has kept his ear so close to quotidian happenings, and with what dignity and charm in his crumbling cadences?

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • It was wont to be esteemed an ordinary visnomy, a quotidian merely.

  • It is a quotidian truth that few before him had the courage or clairvoyancy to enunciate.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • One of the main objects of literary history is to separate what is quotidian from what is not.

  • For our quotidian difficulties his example promises no solution.

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
British Dictionary definitions for quotidian

quotidian

/kwəʊˈtɪdɪən/
adjective
1.
(esp of attacks of malarial fever) recurring daily
2.
everyday; commonplace
noun
3.
a malarial fever characterized by attacks that recur daily
Word Origin
C14: from Latin quotīdiānus, variant of cottīdiānus daily
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Word Origin and History for quotidian
adj.

mid-14c., "everyday, daily," from Old French cotidian (Modern French quotidien), from Latin quotidianus "daily," from Latin quotus "how many? which in order or number?" (see quote (v.)) + dies "day" (see diurnal). Meaning "ordinary, commonplace, trivial" is from mid-15c.

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quotidian in Medicine

quotidian quo·tid·i·an (kwō-tĭd'ē-ən)
adj.
Recurring daily. Used especially of attacks of malaria.

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