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January 12, 2013
: compensation, payment
She was hired on several occasions as a consultant and given generous remunerations for her services.

"BSkyB CEO Jeremy Darroch saw his remuneration for the latest fiscal year ended in June rise around 7 percent…." — From an article by Georg Szalai in Hollywood Reporter, September 25, 2012
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Did You Know?
Our evidence shows "remuneration" to be most at home in writing that concerns financial matters, especially when large amounts of money—or other forms of compensation—are involved. Whether it's because money denotes numerals, or simply because the "n" and "m" are adjacent to each other on our keyboards, "reMUNeration" appears misspelled as "reNUMeration" to a rather inordinate degree in an electronic database of published periodicals. ("Renumeration," a very rare word, means "to enumerate [to count or list] again.") It pays to know that the "-mun-" in "remuneration" is from Latin "munus," meaning "gift," a root it shares with "munificent," an adjective which means "very liberal in giving."

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