Wednesday, April 6, 2011


commove [kəˈmuv] v. t.

1.) To move violently, disturb, agitate, stir up, set in commotion.
2.) To move in mind or feeling, stir to emotion, rouse to passion; to excite.
3.) fig. To put into general or universal motion (Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Edition).

Etymology: Middle English commeven, from Old French commovoir, commeuv-, from Latin commovare.

"Ne I sey not this al-only for these men,
But most for wommen that bitraysed be
Through false folk; god yeve hem sorwe, amen!
That with hir grete wit and subtiltee
Bitrayse yow! And this commeveth me
To speke, and in effect yow alle I preye,
Beth war of men, and herkeneth what I seye!"
(Troilus and Criseyde, Geoffrey Chaucer, ~1385)

(Ulisse alla corte di Alcinoo, Francesco Hayez, 1815)

I was able to use this one in an essay the other day.


Andrew said...

Haha, an old woman on the bus said I commoving the other day while I was listening to music, I had no idea what she meant.

Oscar said...

What a fantastic word. I've already mentioned that I love your blog. But I do. I really, really do.

amBored said...

really didn't hear this yet .. thanks for that

Flames said...

New pick-up line. Will YOU commeveth me?

consuela bananahammoc said...

I commove some people every day :)

ExoticBlogger said...

I commove up the stairs.

Venus said...

thank you for this.
nice blog!

thenitefalls said...

I'm going to use this word in an upcoming essay haha :D

Voit said...

I'm so glad I found your blog, an interesting word was just what I needed.

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