Word of the Day : January 1, 2012

incommunicado

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adverb or adjective in-kuh-myoo-nuh-KAH-doh

Definition

: without means of communication : in a situation or state not allowing communication

Did You Know?

"Incommunicado" ultimately comes from Latin but made its way into English via Spanish. We borrowed the word (with a slightly modified spelling) from the past participle of the Spanish verb "incomunicar," meaning "to deprive of communication." The Spanish word, in turn, derives from the Latin prefix "in-" and the verb "communicare," meaning "to communicate."


Examples

Human rights groups continue to petition the government to allow them access to prisoners who are being held incommunicado.

"Spirit has been incommunicado for more than a year despite daily calls by NASA. The cause of Spirit's silence may never be known, but it's likely the bitter Martian winter damaged its electronics, preventing the six-wheel rover from waking up." -- From an Associated Press article by Alicia Chang, May 25, 2011



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