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    Is 'bequeathed' appropriate in the sentence?

    I read the following sentence in an exercise on vocabulary in a book on word usage.

    Is 'bequeathed' appropriate in the following sentence?

    The majestic sun bequeathed its warm rays to the earth.

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    #2

    Re: Is 'bequeathed' appropriate in the sentence?

    It's possible in poetic language, but unhelpful in a book on word usage, in my opinion.

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    Re: Is 'bequeathed' appropriate in the sentence?

    Firstly, bequeathed strikes me as a fairly old-fashioned term. It may have a more modern usage in wills and testaments, but I'm not a lawyer.

    Bequeath means to give something, usually to someone else. It looks a bit strange in the context given.

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    Re: Is 'bequeathed' appropriate in the sentence?

    ... and the giver is usually dead. Perhaps the metaphor refers to warmth that remains after sunset - but maybe my interpretation is too generous; the 'rays' rule out sunset. I'd say it was not only poetic but also just plain bad (both when it was written and when it was included in a course book).

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    Re: Is 'bequeathed' appropriate in the sentence?

    I imagine most people encounter this word, if at all, only in terms of a deceased person's will.

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    Re: Is 'bequeathed' appropriate in the sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I imagine most people encounter this word, if at all, only in terms of a deceased person's will.
    ... and also a related noun: that which is bequeathed is a bequest

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