(Latin: from, away from, off; down; wholly, entirely, utterly, complete; reverse the action of, undo; the negation or reversal of the notion expressed in the primary or root word)
2. To cause to explode with a sudden loud report, as a result of the act of a chemical decomposition or combination.
The liver is the primary organ of detoxification in the body.
2. To destroy; to render desolate: The Romans devastated the Greek city.
3. To overwhelm or to overpower people by greatly shocking or upsetting them: The shocking news of the murder was devastating the children who had held onto the hope that their father would still be alive.
4. To cause a person to feel extreme emotional pain and agony: Shirley was devastated by the breakup of her marriage.
2. To depart, as from a norm, purpose, or subject; to stray or to swerve from what is considered normal.
2. Referring to something which does not adhere to the proper procedures or standards of behavior: Alice heard that her friend used devious means to get the answers to the test in biology ahead of time.
3. Characteristic of something which is rambling or is roundabout; usually, that which changes directions many times: Because of an accident on the major highway, James had to go home by a devious route.
4. Etymology: from Latin devius, "out of the way"; derived from de, "from" + via, "way".
Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
so you can see more of Mickey Bach's cartoons.
2. Transference, as of rights or qualities, to a successor.
3. Delegation of authority or duties to a subordinate or a substitute.
4. A transfer of powers from a central government to local units.
2. To become the duty or responsibility of another person.
3. To deteriorate slowly over time; to degenerate, or to deteriorate, gradually.
4. To be given to someone under the terms of a will or other legal instruction.
5. Etymology: from Latin devolvere, "to roll down"; from de-, "down" or "reverse" + volvere, "to roll".
2. A substance that remains by using electrolysis: The electrodeposit of silver on the antique lamp base was glowing brightly in the light from the display case.
2. A sense of unity and of shared interests and responsibilities that have been developed by people who are closely associated in a task, a cause, an enterprise, etc.
3. Etymology: from late 18th century French; literally, "spirit of the body".
This phrase is used to suggest that whatever has been spoken about one person or topic under discussion holds true for related matters as well. The phrase ab uno disce omnes has similarities: "from one example, learn about all" or "from one, learn all".