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January 9, 2019

Word of the Day: Behest

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Word of the Day : January 9, 2019

behest \bih-HEST\ noun


1 : an authoritative order : command

2 : an urgent prompting

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Today's word first appeared in Old English and was formed from the prefix be- and the verb hātan ("to command" or "to promise"). While behest was originally used only in the sense of "promise," it acquired the additional sense of "command" among speakers of Middle English. Among contemporary English speakers, behest is no longer used in the sense of "promise" but rather denotes an authoritative or urgent request or command. Old English hātan also gave English the now-archaic words hest (meaning "command") and hight ("being called or named").

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