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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 2nd October 2023
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redolent REDD - lunt

Adjective: 1) Exuding or full of a fragrance that reminds you of something else; as a room redolent of burning wood. 2) Suggestive, evocative, reminiscent, having a 'fishy' smell, as a decision redolent of politics.

Synonyms: 1) aromatic, odorous, fragrant, smelling; 2) evocative, reminiscent, suggestive, mindful

adverb: redolently
noun: redolence Note that redolence differs from fragrance in two respects: (1) it refers to a strong fragrance and (2) it can also refer to a strong figurative smell that is not necessarily pleasant.

Origin: Latin redolen(t)s, present participle of redolere to emit a scent.

They are very proper forest houses, the stems of the trees collected together and piled up around a man to keep out wind and rain, — made of living green logs, hanging with moss and lichen, and with the curls and fringes of the yellow birch bark, and dripping with resin, fresh and moist, and redolent of swampy odors, with that sort of vigor and perennialness even about them that toadstools suggest.

Henry David Thoreau, Ktaadn (1848) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 21, Houghton Mifflin (1906)

Lively writes the sort of graceful, unobtrusive English that is rare these days — almost as redolent of time's passing, in fact, as her grandmother's tarnished silver.

Brooke Allen reviewing "A House Unlocked" by Penelope Lively in "New and Noteworthy", The Atlantic Monthly, V.289, N.5, May 2002

Ah, happy hills! ah, pleasing shade!
Ah, fields beloved in vain!
Where once my careless childhood stray’d,
A stranger yet to pain!
I feel the gales that from ye blow
A momentary bliss bestow,
As, waving fresh their gladsome wing,
My weary soul they seem to smooth,
And, redolent of joy and youth,
To breathe a second spring.

Thomas Gray, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (l. 10–19) in Gray’s English Poems; Original and Translated from the Norse and the Welsh [Thomas Gray]. D. C. Tovey, ed. (1922)

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