One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the present day.
- ‘What success and progress have hodiernal China obtained?’
- ‘This dialectical move works on many levels at once, acting to critique hodiernal life at the same time as it undermines its own critique.’
- ‘In the case of Athens, this is an unsuccessful hodiernal analogy, but it should also be noted that the Founding Fathers of this Republic drew valuable lessons from the age of Cicero and its antecedents.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin hodiernus (from hodie ‘today’) + -al.
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