Weird Words: Obviate

by on Apr.18, 2011, under Weird Words, Writing

Obviate

Verb

  • To bypass a requirement or make it unnecessary.

Used in a sentence:

  • With the adamantine axe, the adventurers slew my carefully planned dungeon

Etymology

  • From Latin obviāre (to block, to hinder)

SourceWikitionary and Phailhaüs

Commentary:

Most people know this word now thanks to Harry Potter and the Latin spell system J.K. Rowling used in it. The latin word and the English word are spelled the same and are the root to the word oblivate, the spell in Harry Potter, which is used to remove memories.

Isn’t the history of words interesting?

 

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