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Dec. 20, 2008 - appertain

appertain
[ ap per tayn ]
intransitive verb (usu. used with "to")

Definition:
To belong or pertain, whether by right, nature, appointment, or custom; to relate.

Etymology:
Old English, apperteinen, apertenen; Old French, apartenir, French appartenir, from Latin appertinere; ad + pertinere to reach to, belong. See "pertain."

Example:
All things are either sacred or profane.
The former to ecclesiasts bring gain;
The latter to the devil appertain.

--Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
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