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The quality of being useful, or the degree to which something is useful. Old French “utilitei” < Latin “utilis” < “uti”=to use.


Generosity with money or of spirit; selfless giving. Middle English “largeys” < Old French “largece” < Latin “largus”=generous, bountiful, copious.

An area in which someone has authority, influence, or knowledge. Anglo-Norman “purveu”=foreseen < Old French “porveoir”=to arrange in advance, to provide things < Latin “providere”=to provide < “pro-“=before + “videre”=to see.

To eat something quickly because you are very hungry. Old French “devorer” < Latin “devorare”=to swallow down < “de-“=downwards + “vorare”=to swallow or gulp.

A deep open crack in a glacier or mountain. Old French “crevace” < Latin “crepare”=to creak or rattle (the sound of ice cracking).

A smallness of quantity or quality; a lack of something. Old French “paucit√©” < Latin “paucitas”=smallness of number < “paucus”=few.

To make something that is bad feel more tolerable or better. Old French “ameillorer”=to make better < “√†”=to + Latin “meliorare” < “melior”=better.

An item of movable or immovable property except real estate and things (such as buildings) connected with real property. Old French “chatel” < Latin “capitalis”=property, goods < “caput”=head.

The indented part of the top of a castle wall through which archers fire arrows or cannons are pointed. Old French “crenel” < Latin “crena”=notch, incision, gap.

A conference between opposing sides in an argument, often for the purpose of creating an end to a fight or war. Anglo-Norman “parler”=speech < Old French “parlee”=discussion.

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