Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Word of the day - metastasizing

Telegraph, 18 April 2006

Meanwhile Dan Gillerman, an Israeli Ambassador the UN, told a Security Council debate that Hamas leaders were inciting acts of terrorism.

A dark cloud is looming above our region, and it is metastasizing as a result of the statements and actions by leaders of Iran, Syria, and the newly elected government of the Palestinian Authority," Mr Gillerman said.

intr.v. me·tas·ta·sized, me·tas·ta·siz·ing, me·tas·ta·siz·es
  1. To be transmitted or transferred by metastasis.
  2. To be changed or transformed, especially dangerously: “a need for love that would metastasize into an insatiable craving for attention” (Michiko Kakutani).
  3. To spread, especially destructively: “ [disinformation]... that even now continues to metastasize... to such a degree that myth threatens to overthrow history” (Gore Vidal).


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