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Friday, July 29, 2011

aureate

\AWR-ee-it\ , adjective;
1.
Characterized by an ornate style of writing or speaking.
2.
Golden or gilded.
3.
Brilliant; splendid.
Quotes:
"Nothing in the aureate language of the English poets can match the splendid virtuosity of Ane Ballat of Our Lady."
-- Whitney French Bolton, The Middle Ages
"Scholasms, by the way, may be divided into two classes: aureate terms and inkhorn terms."
-- Charles Harrington Elster, There's a Word for It!: A Grandiloquent Guide to Life
Origin:
Aureate originally comes from the Latin aureus, "golden."
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