Word of the day

The word for today is…

vitiate (verb) – 1. To reduce the value or quality of; impair or spoil.
2. To corrupt morally; debase.
3. To make ineffective (a contract or legal stipulation, for example); invalidate.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Here’s one for word puzzle lovers—and anyone allured by alliteration. The sentence “Vivian vituperated the vicious villain for valuing vice over virtue” contains three words that derive from the same Latin source as vitiate. Can you identify all three? If you picked vituperate (a verb meaning “to scold”), vicious, and vice, your puzzle prowess is beyond reproach. Like vitiate, all three descend from the Latin noun vitium, meaning “fault” or “vice.”


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