divarication

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noun di·var·i·ca·tion \(ˌ)dī-ˌver-ə-ˈkā-shən, də-, -ˌva-rə-\

Definition of divarication

  1. 1 :  the action, process, or fact of divaricating

  2. 2 :  a divergence of opinion

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Examples of divarication in a Sentence

  1. the divarication of the various dialects of Latin that occurred with the decline of the Roman Empire

Did You Know?

There's no reason to prevaricate about the origins of divarication-the word derives from the Medieval Latin divaricatio, which in turn descends from the verb divaricare, meaning "to spread apart." Divaricare itself is derived from the Latin varicare, which means "to straddle" and is also an ancestor of prevaricate ("to deviate from the truth"). The oldest sense of divarication, which first appeared in print in English in 1578, refers to a literal branching apart (as in "divarication of the roads"). The word eventually developed a more metaphorical second sense that is used when opinions "stretch apart" from one another.

1578

First Known Use of divarication

1578


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