Apr 21, 2006

Rapid Rhetoric - CACHEXY

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This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

cachexy (sometimes called cachexia) - n. 1. Particularly bad state of health as a result of malnutrition or starvation; 2. depraved manner of thinking, mental deficiencies.

The adjective is "cachectic," and there is a potential adverb form of "cachectically." The word is also sometimes spelled without the [h], as "cacexy." The word is derived from the Greek words kakos ("poor") and hexis ("state" or "disposition").

1 comment:

Hooda Thunkit said...

I'm getting to like these "Jeopardy-like" vocabulary lessions Mike ;-)

Alex, I'd like "Tricky Vocabulary" for 300 please.

I occasionally get one right, BTW ;-)