Word of the DayMonday, June 30, 2014
\RAHYD-nt\ , adjective;
laughing; smiling; cheerful.
He flashed her a smile, but she didn't miss the fact that this rident expression did nothing to alter the bleakness in his eyes.
-- Elizabeth George, Deception on His Mind, 1997
Hetty was radiant and rident. It was quite like an evening at home at Oakhurst. Never for months past, never since that fatal cruel day, that no one spoke of, had they spent an evening so delightful.
-- William Makepeace Thackeray, The Virginians, 1857–1859
Rident came to English in the early 1600s from the Latin rīdēre meaning "to laugh."
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