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Lucubrate

[LOO-kyə-brayt]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Latin, early 17th century

1.

Write or study, especially by night.

2.

Produce scholarly written material.

Examples of Lucubrate in a sentence

"Elliott was known to lucubrate past midnight every night."

"Maryann lucubrated an academic journal on Egyptian history."

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About Lucubrate

This word comes from the Latin “lucubrat-” meaning “(having) worked by lamplight,” from the verb “lucubrare.”

Did you Know?

Writers are keen on figuring out what time of day is most creative and productive for them. Horror fiction author H.P. Lovecraft insists nighttime lucubration is most suited to the craft, stating, “At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night.”

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