Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Word a day#4

contrive |kənˈtrīv|
verb [ trans. ]
create or bring about (an object or a situation) by deliberate use of skill and artifice : his opponents contrived a crisis | you contrived to be alone with me despite the supervision.
• manage to do something foolish or create an undesirable situation : the poor guy in some way contrived to hang himself.
contrivable |kənˈtraɪvəbəl| adjective
contriver |kənˈtraɪvər| noun
ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French contreuve-, stressed stem of controver ‘imagine, invent,’ from medieval Latin contropare ‘compare.’
contrived |kənˈtrīvd| |kənˈtraɪvd| |kənˈtrʌɪvd|
deliberately created rather than arising naturally or spontaneously : the carefully contrived image of party unity.
• giving a sense of artificiality : the ending of the novel is too pat and contrived.

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