Late last week, an idea struck me out of the blue. What if I devoted one day a week to a new word? The notion wouldn’t leave me alone, and when I mentioned it to a friend, she loved it. So did First Reader. Thus was born Wednesday Word Day. Without further ado, I present your first word for #WednesdayWordDay.
Part of Speech
- Impossible to divide or separate.
- Not divisible.
- Legal: Consisting of one whole whose parts cannot be divided or treated individually
The word indivisible first appeared in the late fourteenth century (circa 1350 to 1400). It is a Middle English word derived from the Latin indīvīsibilis, meaning not (in-) divided (divis-).
Usage and Examples
One of the more prominent uses of indivisible is seen in the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States. Francis Bellamy wrote the original pledge in 1892 at the behest of James B. Upham, nephew of the publication for which Bellamy worked. The idea was to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Europeans in the Americas. The original text was a bit different from what Americans recite today:
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”Wikipedia, Francis Bellamy
Here are a few examples:
- A country’s language is indivisible from its culture.
- Inseparable by day, indivisible by night, the newlyweds relished their honeymoon.
- The neighbors, indivisible, stood their ground against the city.