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Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.



October 25th, 2015

Episode 360 of 681 episodes

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 25, 2015 is: impeccable \im-PECK-uh-bul\ adjective 1 : not capable of sinning or liable to sin 2 : free from fault or blame : flawless Examples: Although the restaurant was a bit expensive, we found its memorable cuisine, luxurious decor, and impeccable service to be well worth the price. "When it comes to keeping the home sealed and operational, it's best to hire skilled contractors with impeccable references who are licensed to do what is needed." Brett J. West, The Chicago Tribune, 16 Aug. 2015 Did you know? The word impeccable has been used in English since at least 1531. It derives from the Latin word impeccabilis, a combination of the Latin prefix in-, meaning "not," and the verb peccare, meaning "to sin." Peccare has other descendants in English. There is peccadillo, meaning "a slight offense," and peccant, meaning "guilty of a moral offense" or simply "faulty." There is also peccavi, which comes from Latin, where it literally means "I have sinned," and which is used in English as a noun meaning "an acknowledgment of sin."