scrofula: so called because it was supposed to be curable by the touch of the reigning sovereign.
Why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” Was Pure PoetryKing uses anaphora to highlight the difference between how things are and how he hopes they will be. But, what's anaphora?
Why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” Was Pure PoetryPoliticians and political figures often use anaphora in speeches to emphasize their points. A classic example of anaphora comes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. King uses the anaphoral phrase, “I have a dream,” to start eight consecutive sentences: “I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi . . . will be transformed into an oasis …
Origin of king's evil
1350–1400; Middle English kynges evel
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British Dictionary definitions for king's evil
the king's evil pathol a former name for scrofula
Word Origin for king's evil
C14: from the belief that the king's touch would heal scrofula
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