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pandect (Ancient Rome, law, historical) Usually in the plural form Pandects: a compendium or digest of writings on Roman law divided in 50 books, compiled in the 6th century C.E. by order of the Eastern Roman emperor Justinian I (c. 482–565). (by extension, rare) Also in the plural form pandects: a comprehensive collection of laws; specifically,Continue reading “Word of the day.”

Word of the day.

sumac Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Rhus and other genera in Anacardiaceae, particularly the elm-leaved sumac, Sicilian sumac, or tanner’s sumac (Rhus coriaria). Dried and chopped-up leaves and stems of a plant of the genus Rhus, particularly the tanner’s sumac (see sense 1), used for dyeing and tanning leather orContinue reading “Word of the day.”

Word of the day.

trounce (transitive) To beat severely; to thrash. (transitive) To beat thoroughly, to defeat heavily; especially (games, sports) to win against (someone) by a wide margin. (transitive) To chastise or punish physically or verbally; to scold with abusive language. (transitive, Britain, regional) To punish by bringing a lawsuit against; to sue. […] (intransitive, Britain, dialectal) ToContinue reading “Word of the day.”

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Hansard (also attributively, historical) A member of a Hanse (“merchant guild”), or a resident of a Hanse town. […] (chiefly Britain, Commonwealth of Nations) The official report of debates and other proceedings in the British and some Commonwealth parliaments. The English printer Thomas Curson Hansard, who printed reports of debates and proceedings in the ParliamentContinue reading “Word of the day.”