Thursday, August 16, 2012

THE FIRST WORD


ex officio

PRONUNCIATION:
(EKS uh-FISH-ee-oh) 

MEANING:
adverb, adjective: By virtue of one's official position. For example, the US Vice President is the ex officio president of the US Senate.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin ex officio, from ex- (out of, from) + officium (office, duty). Earliest documented use: 1532.

USAGE:
"The governor of New Jersey was an ex officio trustee of the University."
Joyce Carol Oates; Mudwoman; HarperCollins; 2012.

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