Today's Word "perfunctory"

Done merely to carry out a duty on

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perfunctory \pur-FUNGK-tuh-ree\ (adjective) - 1 : Done merely to carry out a duty; performed mechanically or routinely. 2 : Lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent.

"His hugs, although expansive and affectionate, did not linger, seemed perfunctory." -- Susan Bordo, 'The Male Body'


Perfunctory derives from Late Latin perfunctorius , from Latin perfungi , to perform fully, to get done with, from per- , through + fungi , to perform.




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