from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tearful; lacrymose.


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  • Feeble, faint


    The word is Italian. It is not an assimilated immigrant but a resident alien of stubborn temperament. It insists on its native pronunciation and will not be rhymed with febrile or treble.

    The Italian “flebile” (PHLEB-ill-lay) and the English “feeble” have a common ancestor in the Latin flebilis.

    March 15, 2015

  • He dreamt that the harpy was sped away:
    Flung up by some merciful trebuchet,
    Her fortissimo cries
    Consigned to the skies,
    Diminishing swiftly to flebile.

    March 15, 2015