Two words of the day both from Silas Marner by George Eliot
The first is vitiate meaning spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of. The second word is solicitude meaning care or concern for someone or something.
I’m very pleased to be reading a George Eliot book at last. George, whose real name was Mary Anne Evans, wrote 6 other books besides Silas Marner, namely Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Romola, Felix Holt the Radical, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda.