festinate

verb
fes·​ti·​nate | \ ˈfe-stə-ˌnāt How to pronounce festinate (audio) \
festinated; festinating

Definition of festinate

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festinate

adjective
fes·​ti·​nate | \ ˈfe-stə-nət How to pronounce festinate (audio) , -ˌnāt \

Definition of festinate (Entry 2 of 2)

: hasty a most festinate preparation— William Shakespeare

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Other Words from festinate

Adjective

festinately adverb

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Adjective

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."

First Known Use of festinate

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for festinate

Adjective

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

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The first known use of festinate was in 1596

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“Festinate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/festinate. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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