What are the meaning, origin and usage of the word debut?

Debut

The word debut refers to a person's first appearance or performance in a particular capacity or role. It can also denote the first recording or publication of a group, singer, or writer.

Origin

The word has been around since the mid 18th Century. It is from the French word début meaning "first appearance" and is a figurative use from debuter. Debuter corresponds to making the first stroke in billiards and is also used to mean "to lead off at bowls", which is a game similar to bowling.

The word was used frequently from the 1930s and rose steadily in popularity till around the turn of the century. Even though the word continues to be in popular usage, it has seen a decline since then.

Usage

Indian cricketer T Natarajan made his international debut in all three formats of cricket in Australia in a very short span of time.

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What are the meaning, origin and usage of the word Piecemeal?

Piecemeal

Piecemeal means one piece at a time of in a fragmented manner. It usually refers to something done haphazardly and without keeping the big picture in mind.

Origin

It can be traced back to 13th Centuryword "pecemele". "Pece" means piece and the suffix "mele" is a Germanic word meaning "measure" and "at a time."

Examples

1. Piecemeal reforms will not help in reviving the economy.

2. Her friends grew impatient as Shreya narrated the story piecemeal.

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What are the meaning, origin and usage of the word Galvanise?

Galvanise

Meaning:

Galvanise means to excite or jolt someone into taking sudden action as if stimulated by an electric shock.

Origin:

 The word comes from the French galvanisme or Italian galvanismo. It was coined to honour the 18th-Century scientist Luigi Galvani, who discovered that an electrical spark could make the muscles of a dead frog's legs move. It entered English in the early 19th Century.

Example sentences:

Radhika shouted at her husband to galvanise him into taking action.

The angry tone of the coach's voice during timeout galvanised the team into scoring two consecutive goals.

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What are the meaning, origin and usage of the word Anodyne?

Anodyne

As a noun anodyne refers to something that brings down pain. As an adjective, it is used when something that intends to avoid being offensive and thus ends up being dull and boring.

Origin:

 The word anodyne comes from Latin anodynum meaning "something allaying pain", and originally borrowed from the Greek word anodynon, which meant "freedom from pain".

Example:

It was such an anodyne review for an awful concert.

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What are the meaning, origin and usage of the word Revelation?

Revelation

Revelation is the act of disclosing something, often a surprising piece of information, to people. Revelation is a noun which also means something that is revealed by god to humans.

Origin

The word comes from the 13th Century Old French 'revelacion' or directly from Latin 'revelationem' which means "disclosure of information to man by a divine or supernatural agency. “The general meaning "disclosure of facts" is attested from the 14th Century.

Usage

The former cricket player has made a shocking revelation about the spot-fixing scandal in his memoir.

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