ken was our Word of the Day on 05/29/2016. Hear the podcast!
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An honest broker trapped in a wicked game, Marshall was in the end whipsawed by cultural and political forces beyond his ken.
Mr Trump did not for the most part infect Republicans with new beliefs from beyond their ken.
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The math requirement probably makes the job a bit beyond the ken of Sean Spicer, but Anthony Scaramucci should be polishing his résumé right now.
Through your sufferings, or someone that’s close to [sic] ken.
That may not really be Scott’s ken, but there’s something insistent about All the Money in the World’s story that isn’t quite adequately addressed.
Only Madame Merle is a Jamesian creation beyond Eliot’s ken.
Unscathed (for reasons beyond my ken) include baptisia, clematis recta, and of course the sturdy-as-stone conifers.
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Ken appeared on the English horizon in the 16th century as a term of measurement of the distance bounding the range of ordinary vision at sea—about 20 miles. British author John Lyly used that sense in 1580 when he wrote, "They are safely come within a ken of Dover." Other 16th-century writers used ken to mean "range of vision" ("Out of ken we were ere the Countesse came from the feast." — Thomas Nashe) or "sight" ("'Tis double death to drown in ken of shore." — Shakespeare). Today, however, ken rarely suggests literal sight. Rather, ken nowadays almost always implies a range of perception, understanding, or knowledge.
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