Word of the Day : March 21, 2020

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 the Spanish incomunicado. 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

Their government has agreed to give the Red Cross access to the prisoners who are being held incommunicado.

"[Tommy Lee] Jones' character is his father, a world-renowned hero astronaut who has been incommunicado for 16 years after venturing to Neptune on a mission to find signs of intelligent life in the great beyond." — Soren Andersen, The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington), 18 Sept. 2019



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Unscramble the letters to create a word that refers to the loss of voice and of all but whispered speech: AAPINHO.

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