Sunday, March 27, 2011

militate

militate [ˈmɪlɪˌteɪt] v.t., usually followed by "against" or "with"

1.) To have force or influence; bring about an effect or a change (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language).

Etymology: Latin militare, militat-, to serve as a soldier, from miles, milit- soldier.

"Oh, Mr. Lydgate, you know well what your advantages are. You know that our young men here cannot cope with you. Where you frequent a house it may militate very much against a girl's making a desirable settlement in life, and prevent her from accepting offers even if they are made" (Middlemarch, George Eliot, 1874).

6 comments:

Justin testing said...

I've never thought about it that way. I suppose your post militated my mind.

Shoeby said...

I want to militate against the idea of sitting around the house, as I have far too much to accomplish today.

Coco said...

wow.. that's suprised me... nice post!

John A.S. said...

English is not my mother tongue, so I think this one's interesting for sure!

amBored said...

I knew that :)

Killtrip said...

Well shit, I can't think of a creative way to use it.,. its too early and I'm just now having my coffee.. lol. Good post

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