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Increasing Your Vocabulary: Festinate

Despite the way the word sounds, ‘festinate’ has nothing to do with ‘fascinate’. In fact, fascination can lead to exactly the opposite effect that festinate describes.

Festinate simply means to hasten or hurry. It is usually used as a verb or an adjective.

An example of usage would be, “The weather got nice so quickly that I needed to festinate the planting of my garden.”

Festinate comes from a Latin term, “festinare”, which means “to hasten”. The meaning hasn’t changed. This is a word that has been in use since the 15th century and it is still used even today, though it isn’t a commonly used word.

In today’s world where almost everything is rushed, festinate has plenty of potential uses in your vocabulary. Do you think that you’ll use it?

What do you think?

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Written by Rex Trulove

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