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Friday, May 30, 2014

Definitions for penultimate

  1. next to the last: the penultimate scene of the play.
  2. of or pertaining to a penult.
  3. a penult.

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Citations for penultimate
I forced myself to picture the last moments. The penultimate breath. A final sigh. And yet. It was always followed by another. Nicole Krauss, The History of Love, 2005
It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth--penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words… Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, 1988
Origin of penultimate
Penultimate combines a variation on the Latin paene meaning "almost" with ultimus meaning "final." It entered English in the mid-1500s.