Origin of cope1
historical usage of cope
The spelling colaphus (with a -ph- ) shows that the Latin word is a borrowing from Greek kólaphos, and not a high-class one, either: colaphus occurs mostly in the comedies of Plautus and Terence, and in Greek kólaphos occurs only once, as a nickname for a boy’s gym trainer, in a surviving fragment of a work by the 5th-century b.c. comic playwright Epicharmus. The famed 18th-century English dictionary writer Samuel Johnson would certainly call kólaphos “a low word,” and it is a little amazing that it survived so long in Greek, then was borrowed into Latin and into Romance, and then into English.
By the mid-17th century, cope had acquired the sense “to struggle or deal on fairly even terms or with some degree of success.” The modern sense “to face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties successfully and calmly; manage” dates from the mid-1930s.
OTHER WORDS FROM copecopeless, adjectivecope·less·ness, noun
Other definitions for cope (2 of 4)
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Other definitions for cope (3 of 4)
- to join (two molded wooden members) by undercutting the end of one of them to the profile of the other so that the joint produced resembles a miter joint (usually followed by in or together).
- to form (a joint between such members) in this way.
- to undercut the end of (a molded wooden member) in order to form a coped joint.
- to cut away (a flange of a metal member) so that it may be joined to another member at an angle.
Origin of cope3
Other definitions for cope (4 of 4)
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How to use cope in a sentence
Instead, we’re left to cope with the fact that more than 70 million Americans — and 28 percent of LGBTQ voters — wanted four more years of this madness.
To cope with the unforeseen losses caused by the pandemic, the owners and players agreed to hold the cap and tax numbers steady so that free agency business could continue as normal and so that teams wouldn’t be facing unexpected luxury tax bills.NBA sets salary cap, free agency start date for 2020-21 season|Ben Golliver|November 10, 2020|Washington Post
Despite her hard-luck childhood trying to look out for two younger siblings and cope with her father’s faltering business ventures, she finished high school in Denver.How passion, luck and sweat saved some of North America’s rarest plants|Susan Milius|November 5, 2020|Science News
Building a greener, more resilient grid will be essential in the coming decades if we want to slow the pace of climate change and cope with the disasters it can cause.Virtual Power Plants Could Help Solve Our Energy Needs. But What Are They?|Edd Gent|November 2, 2020|Singularity Hub
A process of developing coping mechanisms that will let you reenter the gene pool without fear of drowning.When Partner Porn Pleases More Than Partner Pleases|Eugene Robinson|November 1, 2020|Ozy
How the Mubaraks have coped over the past 16 months remains largely unknown.In Egypt, Mubarak Verdict Could Send Message to Assad|Dan Ephron, Sabah Hamamou|May 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“The luxury for me is that I got to step out of it,” said Forbes of how she coped with the strain.
Other workers coped less effectively, turning on friends and family.
Before the pro-life Dem received death threats for voting "yes" on health reform, he coped with his son's suicide.
Shakespeare himself, the book describes, coped with ironically similar struggles.
They stand out of the water in thickets, lofty walls of slender growth, coped with nodding plumes and restless tassels.
He had to engage secretaries and other assistants, but his methodical and efficient mind easily coped with all such matters.The Come Back|Carolyn Wells
The U-boat could not be coped with by the building of swarms of submarines.Inventions of the Great War|A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
But eventually all the crises had had their moment and were coped with—and suddenly it was almost air time.Telempathy|Vance Simonds
No doubt he is very mannered in his style, mitred and coped when he might have been very simple in his raiment.Confessions of a Book-Lover|Maurice Francis Egan
British Dictionary definitions for cope (1 of 4)
- to deal with
- to meet in battle