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Increasing Your Vocabulary: Janiform

Janiform is a word that has a simple, easy to grasp meaning, yet it is interesting because it is a direct reference to mythology and that is where the word originated. Specifically, the word comes from Roman myth and from the name of the Roman god Janus.

Janus was the Roman god of beginnings, transitions, gates, doorways, passageways, time, duality, and endings. Janus was usually depicted as having two faces that looked in opposite directions, as the image above shows. (The statue resides at the Vatican.)

Because of how Janus was shown, Janiform means “two-faced or hypocritical”. The word is used as an adjective.

A possible usage of the term would be, “She was even more janiform than the typical politician.”

See if you can use the word Janiform today and for the rest of the week. That is the best way to remember the meaning of the word.

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Written by Rex Trulove

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