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festinate

verb fes·ti·nate \ ˈfe-stə-ˌnāt \

Definition of festinate

festinated; festinating
: hasten

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First Known Use of festinate

1596


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festinate

adjective fes·ti·nate \ ˈfe-stə-nət , -ˌnāt \

Definition of festinate

: hasty
  • a most festinate preparation
  • —William Shakespeare

festinately

adverb

Did You Know?

Festinate is one among many in the category of words whose first recorded use is in the works of Shakespeare ("Advise the Duke where you are going, to a most festinate preparation." - King Lear, III.vii.10). Perhaps the Bard knew about "festinatus," the Latin predecessor of "festinate," or was familiar with the Latin proverb festina lente-"make haste slowly." Shakespeare also gets credit for the adverb "festinately" (first seen in Love’s Labour’s Lost, III.i.6: "Bring him festinately hither."), but another writer beat him to the verb "festinate" (pronounced \FESS-tuh-nayt), meaning "to hasten."

Origin and Etymology of festinate

Latin festinatus, past participle of festinare to hasten; perhaps akin to Middle Irish bras forceful, Welsh brys haste


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