Eleemosynary gestures

“She rejected his false eleemosynary gestures to her and no longer throwing him brickbats, she decided his death must festinate.”

My first attempt to fit three dictionary.com word of the day into this sketch!

eleemosynary (adjective)
1. of or relating to alms, charity, or charitable donations; charitable.
2. derived from or provided by charity.
3. dependent on or supported by charity:
an eleemosynary educational institution.
1610s, from Medieval Latin eleemosynarius “pertaining to alms,” from Late Latin eleemosyna “alms,” from Greek eleemosyne “pity”.

Dear Aunt Jennie, as I view it, you are not running an eleemosynary institution here? – Henry Sydnor Harrison 

brickbat (noun)
an unkind or unfavorable remark; caustic criticism: The critics greeted the play with brickbats.
a piece of broken brick, especially one used as a missile.
any rocklike missile.

Brickbat entered English as a term for a missile made out of a piece of brick. In this formation, bat means “any fragment of brick or hardened clay.“Brickbat” entered English in the mid-1500s.

Arthur J. Goldberg was greeted by many bouquets and a single brickbat today ashe pledged to serve fairly and without bias as a Supreme Court Justice., – “Goldberg Is Hailed by Senators; Promises to Be Fair as a Jusice,” New York Times, September 12, 1962

festinate (verb)
to hurry; hasten. hurried.

Festinate descends from the Latin verb festīnāre of the same meaning. It entered English around 1600.

Move—move—move! Put some order on things! Come on, Sarah—hide that bucket. Whose are these slates? Somebody take these dishes away. Festinate! Festinate! – Brian Friel, Translations, 1980


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