One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Without.‘a picture of Maughan sans specs’
devoid, bereft, deprived, in needView synonyms
- ‘Will we be regretting our single or common law status sans children when we're 40 and are nearing the end of our childbearing days?’
- ‘A vigorous new moon in your sign will soon restore that amorous confidence, and you'll be perkier than ever, sans pharmaceuticals.’
- ‘Because it's 50 miles off the Queensland coast, the water is exceptionally clear, sans coastal runoff and sediment.’
- ‘The two-door hatchback car comes sans engine, carburettor, gearbox, radiator and exhaust.’
- ‘Quite simply, this is a catchy, well-timed shot of futuristic retro, sans cliché or endless mirror-ball gazing.’
Middle English: from Old French sanz, from a variant of Latin sine ‘without’, influenced by Latin absentia ‘in the absence of’.
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