Wondrous Words #387

WWWEvery week word-lovers post new words they’ve discovered while reading. It’s called Wondrous Words Wednesday and was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.

While reading The Atlantic Monthly I saw these new words:

1. illiberalism: The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.

I figured I knew the meaning of this word, but I wasn’t sure. I checked the dictionary and found that illiberalism (i(l)ˈlib(ə)rəl) means opposed to liberal principles; restricting freedom of thought or behavior. Now that I think about it, I should have known it.


2. kleptocracy: Viktor Orbán of Hungary, the late Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, and Jacob Zuma of South Africa all turned their countries away from liberal democracy and toward kleptocracy.

Kleptocracy is the type of government that uses power to steal the country’s resources.


That’s it for me this week. I hope you found some words worth celebrating. Feel free to join Wondrous Words Wednesday. Be sure to visit Kathy for the details.

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3 Responses to Wondrous Words #387

  1. We’re learning lots of new political words these days, aren’t we? Illiberalism is new to me but it makes complete sense.

  2. Yeek … I wouldn’t say these two words are exactly ‘worth celebrating’…. they make me cry. (But I agree that we certainly need to be aware of and understand their meaning.)

  3. Nan says:

    The sixth season of Vera is on Netflix DVD. And the seventh begins tonight in England (and at our house because of Tunnelbear!).

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