Definition of festinate
First Known Use of festinate
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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
First Known Use: 1605
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