I seem to be coming across more and more words that I am unsure of lately, but then maybe I am looking out for them more (or just not dismissing as many). Yesterday, I had to look up the word congruent which I actually couldn’t find in the Pocket Collins Dictionary and Thesaurus, but then suspected that it might come from the word congregate. Knowing that the meaning of this word is ‘gather together’, I felt like I was onto something!
According to Dictionary.com, congruent means ‘agreeing’ or ‘accordant’. Wikipedia says that congruence (a slightly different form of the word) is “the state achieved by coming together, the state of agreement”. There’s always a Latin word involved somewhere and in this instance it’s congruō meaning “I meet together, I agree”. Wikipedia also say that “two triangles are congruent if their corresponding sides are equal in length”.
So, the sentence I orginally read yesterday with the word congruent in was:
The less congruent we tend to be the greater the struggle becomes
which I can now translate to…
The less agreeing we tend to be the greater the struggle becomes
I love learning new words and I think I’ll try and use this one from now on!
- Getting Congruent (bizsetup.wordpress.com)