A.Word.A.Day –penetralia


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penetralia

PRONUNCIATION:

(pe-nuh-TRAY-lee-uh)

MEANING:

plural noun: The innermost, secret, or hidden parts of something.

ETYMOLOGY:

From Latin penetralia, from penetrare (to penetrate), from penitus
(interior) + intrare (to enter). Earliest documented use: 1668.

USAGE:

“It soon becomes clear that the disappearances have something to do
with the caves hidden in the penetralia of the surrounding forest.”
Time-Travel Drama Weaves a Tangled Web; Financial Times (London, UK);
Jun 12, 2020.

“The most absolute lawlessness exists under the shadow of the tallest
temples of the law, and in the penetralia of that society which vaunts
itself as the supreme civilization of the world.”
Emerson Hough; Story of the Outlaw; Grosset and Dunlap; 1906.

See more usage examples of penetralia in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Compassion is not weakness and concern for the unfortunate is not
socialism. -Hubert Humphrey, US Vice President (27 May 1911-1978)


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