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Word of the Day – Flagitious

Today’s word of the day is flagitious. It comes from the latin, all words having to do with wickedness or angry demands. It can mean either vicious or brutal crimes, or it can mean scandalous or infamous.

I saw it used in an excellent context today, which I share without comment below.

The corollary, from the first position, is, that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretence by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both.

William Rawle, A View of the Constitution of the United States 125–26 1829 (2d ed.)

crossposted from worrygeek.com

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