proof

evidence, proof – Evidence—from Latin e-, "out," and videre, "to see"— is information that helps form a conclusion; proof is factual information that verifies a conclusion. More…

proof in the pudding – A shortening of the saying "the proof of the pudding is in the eating," i.e. a thing is tested by putting it to its intended use. More…

proof – The strength of alcohol. More…

adduce – To cite as an instance or as proof or evidence. More…

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merchandise

bale – A package of merchandise. More…

avoirdupois weight, Imperial weight – Avoirdupois or Imperial weight is commonly used to measure food, people, and merchandise. More…

emporeutic – Means pertaining to merchandise or to trade. More…

merchant, merchandise – Merchant and merchandise come from Latin mercari, "to trade." More…

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sacrifice

offer – Originally meant "to present or sacrifice something to a religious entity." More…

sacrifice – From Latin sacrificium, related to sacrificus, "sacrificial," from sacer, "holy, sacred." More…

oblation – Something offered to God or a god, like a sacrifice or donation, can be called an oblation. More…

victim – Originally denoted a person or animal killed as a sacrifice. More…

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mail

post road – One with a series of post-houses or stations for post-horses; a road on which mail was carried. More…

nixie – Any piece of mail that is unable to be forwarded because it is illegibly or incorrectly addressed. More…

post – Latin posita, "placed," gave us Italian posta, "station on a road," and became French poste, "a station for mail"—from the series of stations that fast horsemen traversed to deliver messages, giving us post, as in "mail system." More…

blackmail – The "mail" in blackmail is Scottish for "tax, tribute," referring to the tribute demanded by rebel chiefs in return for their protection. More…

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readiness

impromptu – Based on Latin in promptu, "in readiness," from promptus, "prepared, ready." More…

procinct – A state of readiness or preparation. More…

stand by – Meaning "to await, support," it was an order to hold one's self in readiness, recorded from 1669. More…

gear – Its etymological meaning is "that which puts one in a state of readiness." More…

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