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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.



August 4th, 2015

Episode 277 of 923 episodes

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 04, 2015 is: infrangible \in-FRAN-juh-bul\ adjective 1 : not capable of being broken or separated into parts 2 : not to be infringed or violated Examples: He declared firmly that he lived his life by a set of infrangible ethical principles. "[James Bond] is content enough with his new freedom on the fringe to make it a permanent lifestyle, but it's his infrangible sense of duty to country and M that brings him back to the fold when both are threatened." Kirk Baird, Toledo (Ohio) Blade, November 9, 2012 Did you know? Infrangible comes to us via Middle French from the Late Latin infrangibilis, and it is ultimately derived from the prefix in- and the Latin verb frangere, meaning "to break." (Believe it or not, our break is ultimately derived from the same ancient word that gave rise to frangere.) Infrangible first appeared in print in English in the 16th century with the literal meaning "impossible to break"; it was later extended metaphorically to things that cannot or should not be broken.

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