May 17, 2012
pecuniary (adjective)
\pih-KYOO-nee-air-ee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: of, relating to, or consisting of money
How do you use it?
Since she has shown an interest in pecuniary matters since childhood, it is no surprise that Julia has decided to become an accountant.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of these sentences would you put your money on as the one that uses "pecuniary" correctly?

It's answer A that pays off. Answer B uses "pecuniary" as a noun instead of an adjective. The writer of that sentence was thinking of the piglike animal called a "peccary." Since guests at a masquerade party don't wear their ordinary clothes, the writer of the sentence for C should have said that Miranda looked "peculiar" in her T-shirt and jeans. The writer of the sentence for D turned the meaning of "pecuniary" upside down. Anyone who is a billionaire has clearly been successful in money matters. That leaves sentence A, and the heavy financial burden placed upon Mr. Franklin by his purchases.
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