July 16, 2012
cordial (adjective)
\KOR-jul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : tending to refresh or cheer2 : being warm and friendly
How do you use it?
Aunt Meg is a warm and cordial host with a knack for making guests comfortable from the moment they come through the door.
Are you a word wiz?

"Cordial" has the same Latin root, "cor," as words such as "accord" (which means "agreement"), "concord" (which means "harmony"), and "discord" (which means "conflict"). From what you know about these four words, what does the Latin root "cor" mean?

"Cor" words all have something to do with the heart. "Concord" literally means that one heart is with another (that is, they are in harmony). "Accord" means hearts have moved toward each other (that is, they are in agreement). "Discord" combines the prefix "dis-" (which means "apart") with "cor," and it means that hearts are apart (that is, in conflict). Anything that is cordial, be it a welcome, a hello, or an agreement, comes from the heart.
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