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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

First recorded in 1560–70; from Latin verēcundus, equivalent to verē(rī) “to fear” + -cundus adjective 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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