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Widely or constantly found; common or widespread. Latin “omnipraesens” < “omni-“=in all ways + “praesens”=being in the same place.

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A person from a low social position who has suddenly become rich and powerful. French “parvenir”=to arrive at a destination < Latin “pervenire” < “per”=through + “venire”=to come.

Capable of holding a great deal of something. Latin “capace”=able to take in + “-ous”=full of or abounding in.

Moving or tending to move toward a center. Latin “cetripetus” < “centrum”=center, middle + “petere”=to seek.

To pierce or transfix with a sharpened stick or pole. Latin “impalare”=to surround with stakes or posts < “im-“=in + “palus”=a stake.

To change one’s loyalties; abandon a belief or principle. Latin “tergiversari”=to turn one’s back, shuffle, evade < “tergum”=the back + “vertere”=to turn.

A piece of music written to express emotion but doesn’t have a regular form. Latin “rhapasodia”=part of an epic poem < Greek “rapsothos”=recitation of epic poetry < “raptein”=to stitch + “othos”=song, poem.

A brilliant, sudden, and usually highly successful act; a sudden take-over of a government by its citizens or military. Old French “colp”=a blow, hit < Latin “colaphus”=a blow with the fist < Greek “kolafos”=to hit, cuff.

To forcefully disagree, argue, or complain about something. Latin “remonstrare”=to make plain < “re-“=back, again + “monstrare”=to show.

To strongly disapprove of or criticize something. Latin “deprecari”=to pray a thing away < “de-“=prefix expressing a reversal + “precari”=to pray.

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