Wednesday Word for December 18, 2019

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Today’s Word

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

  1. The returns arising from office or employment, usually in the form of compensation or perquisites.
  2. Payment for an office or employment; compensation.
  3. Profit, salary, or fees from office or employment; compensation for services.

History

The first recorded use of the word emolument was in wardrobe accounts of Edward IV in the late fifteenth century. The term originates from the Latin emolumentum, or benefit. The most common use seen today is the Emoluments Clause to the United States Constitution.

Usage and Examples

Here are a few examples:

  1. Your salary is enhanced by an emolument of stock bonuses.
  2. The director was given an emolument of one dollar.

Synonyms

compensation, stipend, benefit

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