Word of the Day: palpitant
origin: from the Latin "palpare", meaning "to touch gently"
1. Shaking; trembling.
"Since young brides have hearts that can be persuaded
easily, light things, palpitant to passion
as am I, remembering Anaktoria
who has gone from me."
--Sappho, "Remembering Anactoria" (c. 630 b.c.)
[translated by James Powell]
2. Undergoing pulsation; pulsating.
"And there, when day was breaking,
I knelt and looked around:
The light was near, the silence
Was palpitant with sound;
I drew my hate from out my breast
And thrust it in the ground."
--Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Blight" (1917)
Publish Date: 01/20/2011