Monday, July 18, 2005

Word of the Day for Monday July 18, 2005

propinquity \pruh-PING-kwih-tee\, noun:
1. Nearness in place; proximity.
2. Nearness in time.
3. Nearness of relation; kinship.

Following the race he took umbrage at Stewart's rough
driving so early in the day, and the propinquity of the two
drivers' haulers allowed the Kid to express his displeasure
up close and personal.
--Mark Bechtel, "Getting Hot," [1]Sports Illustrated,
December 6, 2000

Technologically it is the top service among the women's
fighting forces, and it also has the appeal of propinquity
to gallant young airmen.
--"After Boadicea -- Women at War," [2]Time Europe, October
9, 1939

I was stunned by the propinquity of the events: I had never
been in the same room with anyone who was later murdered.
--Karla Jay, [3]Tales of the Lavender Menace

Schultz came by her position through propinquity: her
husband, older by 12 years, used to play music with De
Maiziere and afterward chat about politics.
--Johanna McGeary, "Challenge In the East," [4]Time,
November 8, 1990

Propinquity derives from Latin propinquitas, from propinquus,
"near, neighboring," from prope, "near."

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