a particular neighborhood or district, or the people belonging to it.
Vicinage “a particular neighborhood or district” is a fusion of the Latin adjective vīcīnus “nearby” and the English suffix -age, which forms nouns from other parts of speech. Vīcīnus derives from the noun vīcus “village, hamlet,” which is the source of the suffixes -wich and -wick in English placenames, such as Greenwich and Brunswick, and comes from the Indo-European root weik- “clan” or “settlement.” This same root is the source of villa, from the Latin word for “country house,” and the Ancient Greek noun oikos “home,” which gives English ecology, economy, parochial, and parish.
I drove out to Tara Estates, among the latter-day manors that lined the circling drives and culs-de-sac and stood like arrogant bastions against the ripe green earth. There were no sidewalks here, no signs of age, no mystery, as if the whole vicinage had risen up en masse at an hour in time so designated and precise that history itself had been obliterated.
The Island of Mackinac has a circumference of about nine miles, and its shores and vicinage are picturesque and romantic in the highest degree.
of marriage or wedlock; matrimonial; conjugal.
Connubial “of marriage or wedlock” derives from Latin cōnūbiālis, from cōnūbium “wedding,” plus the adjective-forming suffix -ālis. Cōnūbium, in turn, is a compound of com- “together, with” and nūbere “to wed,” and nūbere (stem nupt-) is the source of marriage-related words such as nubile, nuptial, and prenup. Nūbere is of obscure origin, but one theory is that its original definition was “to cover oneself with a veil,” which would suggest a derivation from nūbēs “cloud.”
She and Maurice were husband and wife. They loved one another. They would have children. Then let everybody and everything else fade into insignificance outside this connubial felicity.
In fact, by the epilogue it’s dateline Hawaii, where he is on his honeymoon—soft breezes blowing into the connubial bedchamber, his bride frolicking on the beach below—and putting in a wholehearted endorsement for the grand old institution of marriage.
a suspension of activity.
Moratorium “a suspension of activity” comes directly from Late Latin morātōrius “tending to delay,” a derivative of the verb morārī “to delay,” from the noun mora “delay, hindrance, pause.” The ending -ōrius “tending to” is also found as -orium or -ory in English terms for places in which a certain action occurs regularly, such as auditorium, a place where something is heard, and dormitory, a place for sleeping.
Striped bass populations in the Cape Fear River have been dwindling for 50 years …. Preventing the popular sport fish from disappearing altogether has required meticulous human intervention. Passageways have been built into dams and locks to allow the migratory fish to pass through, and a moratorium on fishing the species has been in place since 2008.
Rock stars get sick of signing things and answering fan mail …. And eternal rock stars like the Beatles: well, it’s hard to imagine. That’s why Ringo Starr has called a moratorium on all fan mail and signing ….Starr has instructed fans, “with peace and love,” to cease and desist with all missives and requests after Oct. 20th.