Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Word of the day: redolent

The word of the day is redolent:

  1. having a pleasant odor; fragrant.
  2. odorous or smelling (usually followed by of ): redolent of garlic.
  3. suggestive; reminiscent (usually followed by of ): verse redolent of Shakespeare.
c.1400, from O.Fr. redolent "emitting an odor," from L. redolentem, prp. of redolere "emit a scent," from re-, intensive prefix + olere "give off a smell" (see odor).


"What animates the story is L√≥pez’s score, which begins in full fury—dark, ragged fanfares in the brass, redolent of the main-title theme of a nineteen-fifties Hollywood thriller—and hardly lets up."

 - Alex Ross, "Divas Under Fire: Two new American operas: 'Bel Canto' and 'Great Scott'", 4 January 2016 The New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/04/divas-under-fire)

A whiff of music?