moon shot: Word of the day for July 20, 2017

moon shot , n :
The launching of a spacecraft or an object to orbit or land on the Moon. (sports) An act of throwing or hitting a ball with a high trajectory. (figuratively) An expensive, hard, or unlikely task of great potential impact. On this day in 1969, the Apollo 11 spaceflight landed the first two humans on the Moon.



hostis humani generis: Word of the day for July 18, 2017

hostis humani generis , n :
(international law) A person who has committed a criminal act so grave – originally maritime piracy and slave-trading, and now torture as well – that any nation may put on trial and, upon conviction, punish him or her.


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