A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg

CUNCTATION

PRONUNCIATION:
(kungk-TAY-shunn)
MEANING:
noun: Delay; procrastination; tardiness.
ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin cunctari (to hesitate, delay). Earliest documented use: 1585.
USAGE:
“By postponement, we gain peace today. Have we anything to lose by it? Our capacity for cunctation is one of our most powerful and characteristic national weapons.”
John Maynard Keynes; The Essential Keynes; Penguin Classics; 2016.

See more usage examples of cunctation in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

 

This week’s theme
Words that appear rude, but aren’t

This week’s words
cockup
crapulous
pricket
fard
cunctation

Fabius Maximus, Cunctator

Fabius Maximus (c. 280-203 BCE), Roman general, who earned the nickname Cunctator from his guerrilla tactics in not engaging the enemy directly when outnumbered
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