The word apricity represents a simple and familiar yet a very specific phenomenon- the sun’s warmth on a cold winter’s day.


Apricity is a noun stemmed from the Latin apricus representing a sunny day but also used to describe objects warmed by the sun. Modern Italian derived its apricot from the same Latin word, but today it stands for an outdoors position that is clear, bright and serene.

Our Word spell checkers do not accept this word, although it is English nonetheless, and suggest apricot instead. Though a mistake, it is not entirely so as the old French word representing this fruit also stemmed from this Latin word, even though only phonologically; syntactically it was derived completely differently.

Another word originating from this Latin stem is apricate, a verb this time, standing for basking, warming up, in the sun.

Why this word?

Apricity is one of those words representing such a characteristic, clean-cut and specific occasion proving the observance of human kind. Modern times, upon our offices, technology and the constant race for more (what is more?) led words like these to oblivion. Hearing and using this word reminds that there are very few things in life more important than enjoying a moment; a moment in which the biggest physical- worldly contradiction touches my cheeks, the combination of cold weather and hot sun.

How to use apricity?

Apricity is easily used, when aware of it of course… Next time the weather described above brings you joy, you can say “wow, the feeling of cold wind is amazing with the warm sun” but you can also “I just experienced a beautiful moment of apricity”. Next time the sun comes out on a cold winter day you can invite your loved one to apricate with you and when you are in an innovative mood, you may metaphorically address any stunning contradiction as apricity.    


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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