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verecund

[ ver-i-kuhnd ]
/ ˈvɛr ɪˌkʌnd /
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adjective Archaic.

bashful; modest.

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Origin of verecund

1540–50; <Latin verēcundus, equivalent to verē() to fear + -cundus adj. suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for verecund

verecund
/ (ˈvɛrɪˌkʌnd) /

adjective

rare shy or modest

Word Origin for verecund

C16: from Latin verēcundus diffident, from verērī to fear
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