October 02, 2013
incident (noun)
\IN-suh-dent\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: an often unimportant happening that may form part of a larger event
How do you use it?
"The next two days passed without great incident, unless you counted Neville melting his sixth cauldron in Potions." (J. K. Rowling, _Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire_)
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Which word do you think is related to "incident"?

If you took a chance on D or just clicked on it by accident, it's an occasion to celebrate the Latin root "cadere." "Cadere" means "to fall" and it happens to be the case that "case," "incident," "chance," "accident," and "occasion" all trace to "cadere." In fact—what a coincidence—"coincidence" also stems from "cadere." And incidentally, "incidentally" is a member of the "cadere" family, too.
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