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Consenescere

Definition: This word’s varied definitions escalate alarmingly quickly– “To grow old and grey together; to stay too long in an occupation, or to decay, lose respect, fade away.”

Pronunciation: kon-sen-nes-SHARE-ruh (loosely.)

Origin:

Directly from its original Latin.

Why this word?

It’s just so very strange– The first half of its possible definitions involves a wistful and loving ending, inspiring the image of a contented, elderly couple. The other half go in an almost exact 180 opposite, describing the conclusion of a shamed pitiful obscurity instead.

I find it interesting.

How do you use this word in a sentence?

“I’d trade all the successes I could have over a hundred lifetimes if it meant I could get just one that would end in a beautiful consenescere, with you.”

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Written by Veronica Jacobs

Veronica Jacobs is a fiction writer, blogger, academic editor, and sci-fi enthusiast. Currently working freelance (with a background in English Literature), she spends most of her time writing.

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