Sunday, March 18, 2012

Word of the day: emolument

The word of the day is emolument:

Etymology:  < Latin ēmŏlŭ-, ēmŏlĭmentum profit, advantage; in most Latin Dicts. said to be < ēmōlī-rī to bring out by effort.
1. Profit or gain arising from station, office, or employment; dues; reward, remuneration, salary.
2. Advantage, benefit, comfort. Obs.

"What had Conn done to Feather that the latter found so unforgivable, irredeemable by emolument, by statements of praise and credit, by the persistent efforts of heartfelt remorse?  What hurt could so engross a man that he would determine to carry it with him to the grave?"

 - Michael Chabon, "Citizen Conn", 13 &; 20 February 2012 The New Yorker

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