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Thursday, August 09, 2012

vicinage

\VIS-uh-nij\ , noun;
1.
The region near or about a place; vicinity.
2.
A particular neighborhood or district, or the people belonging to it.
3.
Proximity.
Quotes:
From the mansion itself, as well as from almost every cottage in the adjacent hamlet, arose such a rich cloud of vapoury smoke, as showed, that the preparations for the festival were not confined to the principal residence of Magnus himself, but extended through the whole vicinage.
-- Sir Walter Scott, The Waverly Novels
Herein resides, as I have hinted, the anxious and easy interest of almost any sincere man of letters in the mere vicinage, even if that be all, of such strained situations as Ray Limbert's.
-- Henry James, The Lesson of the Master
Origin:
Vicinage stems from the Latin word vīcīn meaning "near."
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