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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 14th September 2021
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vestigial (adjective) ves-TI-jul

Reduced and no longer functional, representing what was once useful and developed, being a trace after the rest has disappeared or diminished.

This week pro-Kremlin opposition parties in all four member states said they were stepping up their campaign against the organisation’s vestigial security role - chiefly its tentative proposal to establish a joint peacekeeping force.

Unattributed, The Economist, 16 August 2007. The Economist

Did Prince Harry take cocaine? And did the News of the World willingly suppress this information - while leaving behind a vestigial article about cocaine - in return for Prince Charles's co-operation in its story?

Stephen Glover, The Spectator, 19 January 2002. The Spectator

Dickens would have felt at home simply because Scalamandré is a true-life, old-fashioned factory, not a museum piece but a living, breathing, though vanishing form of production in New York, where the Industrial Revolution increasingly seems as vestigial as its ideological soul mate, Marxism.

Anemoma Hartocollis, The New York Times, 5 December 2004. New York Times

I was curious about the whites, a vestigial population.

Philip Gourevitch, The New Yorker, 3 June 2002. The New Yorker

Having for years grappled in vain with the peculiar role of the body as both medium and message in women's art, I hotfooted down to the Royal Academy and prepared to have my perplexities unknotted and my vestigial puritan revulsions dispelled.

Germaine Greer, The Guardian, 28 January 2008. Guardian

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