One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Habitual; usual.‘the place had sunk back into its wonted quiet’
customary, habitual, usual, accustomed, familiar, normal, conventional, traditionalView synonyms
- ‘I noticed he was dressed in formality that night, forgoing his wonted loud, showy colors I normally saw him in.’
- ‘The local artists will, as wonted, be given the opportunity to perform on the international stage in an effort to promote both the artistes and the island.’
- ‘Worsted in this war of love Shiva punished the mischievous god of love Madana for aiding that maiden by causing springtime to appear on the scene before its wonted time.’
- ‘Several erudite readers, invoking Joycean fragments, have in recent months suggested ways of rehabilitating my wonted usage, for which I am grateful.’
- ‘‘He had been speaking with all his wonted force and vigour, brightness of idea and freshness of expression and courage,’ a reporter wrote.’
Late Middle English: from wont.
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