Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Word of the day: probity

The word of the day is probity:
  1. integrity and uprightness; honesty.
1514, from M.Fr. probité, from L. probitatem (nom. probitas) "uprightness, honesty," from probus "worthy, good" (see prove).


"Arana moved with this family to Manaus and established a reputation for quiet probity—he had the biggest library in town.  Meanwhile his minions expanded his realm on the Putumayo, bribing government officials and killing his competitors."

 - Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

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