November 29, 2018
appeal (noun)
\uh-PEEL\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a legal proceeding by which a case is brought to a higher court for review2 : an asking for something badly needed or wanted : plea3 : the power to cause enjoyment : attraction
How do you use it?
"But the long silence from Ron and Hermione had made Harry feel so cut off from the magical world that even taunting Dudley had lost its appeal -- and now Ron and Hermione had forgotten his birthday." (J. K. Rowling, _Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets_)
Are you a word wiz?

Which word do you think comes from the same root as "appeal"?

"Appeal" and "push" both stem from the Latin root "pellere" meaning "to drive." This is not "drive" as in "drive a car." It is "drive" meaning "to push or force" as in "drive a nail into the wood with a hammer." Given that, the relationship between "pellere" and "appeal" isn't so obvious. But it is clear how "push" relates to "pellere." Several other "pellere" descendants still have something to do with pushing or forcing. For example, when you "expel" air from your lungs, you drive or force it out. If you are "compelled" to do something, you are forced to do it, as in "Illness compelled him to stay in bed." "Propel" means to push or drive something forward or onward as in "He grabbed me and propelled me through the door." And "repel" means to drive back, as in "The candle repels insects."
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