Meanings

1.
the purpose
(As in "der Sinn des Lebens" for example)
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2.
the sense
(Can refer to our senses, to our minds and also to the sense of an action)
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Word of the Day - "der Zweck"

A fun look at the origin and meaning of "der Zweck" and its related words.

Vocab:

der Zweck, die Zweckehe, die Reißzwecke, bezwecken, zwecks, zwecklos


Word Family

Root: *sent-

The core idea of this root was:

going in a direction, heading

It’s the origin of to send which is essentially “make go in a direction”, but arguably the more interesting branch is the one around sense, sensible and the German der Sinn, which evolved from the idea of mentally going in a direction.
Other words that also belong here:

  • consent, consensus (“having the same mental direction”)
  • dissent (“going in a different direction”)
  • resent (“going in a bad direction”)
  • sensation
  • sensor
  • scent
  • sensibility
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