Theme – Usage examples that are food for thought
1. Beneficial; useful; remedial.
“To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves.”
2. lucriferous (loo-KRIF-uhr-uhs)
adjective: Lucrative, profitable
“Freed from any ambition to leave my heirs rich, I had no need to pursue lucriferous experiments, to which I so much preferred luciferous [providing light or insight] ones.”
Chemist and physicist Robert Boyle (1627-1691), who gave us Boyle’s Law of gases, in a letter to John Locke, 17th c.
3. pugilist (PYOO-juh-list)
noun: A boxer.
“Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist — it reduces him to his fighting weight.”
Josh Billings, columnist and humorist (1818-1885).
4. strop or strap
noun: A flexible material such as a strip of leather for sharpening a razor.
verb tr.: To sharpen on a strop.
“We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke straps our vice.”
5. concomitant (kuhn-KOM-i-tuhnt)
adjective: Occurring concurrently, especially in an incidental way.
noun: Something that occurs concurrently.
“A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition.” Charles Caleb Colton; Lacon: or Many Things in Few Words; Longmans; 1837.