Monday, February 06, 2017

Word of the day: recrudescence

The word of the day is recrudescence:

  1. breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or reappearance in active existence.
1721, from L. recrudescere "re-open" (of wounds), lit. "become raw again," from re- "again" + crudescere, from crudus "raw" (see crude) + inchoative suffix -escere.

"Baldwin could not have known about Ferguson and Black Lives Matter, about the presidency of Barack Obama and the recrudescence of white nationalism in its wake, but in a sense he explained it all in advance."

 - A. O. Scott, "Review: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Will Make You Rethink Race", 2 February 2017 New York Times (

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