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Wednesday, July 31, 2002


\ROH-zee-it; -ayt\ , adjective;
Overly optimistic; bright or cheerful.
Resembling a rose especially in color.
That roseate view was shattered when the North last week detained a South Korean housewife, on a Kumkang tour with her six-year-old son, on a bizarre pretext.
-- Donald Kirk, "Sunshine in a Storm", Time, July 5, 1999
The roseate future of so many highly rated blue-chip stocks has been based on that dream.
-- David C. Roche, "Iceberg Dead Ahead", Time, September 14, 1998
Instead of being witnesses to a comical disjunction between roseate myth and gritty reality, these people were stage extras in a masquerade, whereby the Gracious Speech was converted from a government statement into an election address.
-- Hugo Young, "The farcical state opening of the election campaign", Guardian, December 7, 2000
The lass with the roseate cheeks had already resolved that, if she married anyone, it would be "the lad with the rubicund hair."
-- Ari Hoogenboom, Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President
Roseate comes from Latin roseus, "rosy," from rosa, "rose."
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