Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the current day.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of this day; belonging to the present day.

Etymologies

From hodiern +‎ -al, ultimately from Latin hodiernus (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Literature is a point outside of our hodiernal present-day circle through which a new one may be described.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • My writing is for to-day, most distinctly hodiernal.

    New Grub Street

  • Literature is a point outside of our hodiernal [present-day] circle through which a new one may be described.

    The Decline and Fall of Literature

  • Literature is a point outside of our hodiernal circle through which a new one may be described.

    IX. Essays. Circles. 1841

  • Perhaps had willingly ignored it, as introducing a complication oppressive to his indolence, to his hodiernal philosophy.

    In the Year of Jubilee

  • Prophetical Interpretation; the Universal Wisdom of two millenaries cannot be expected to gain any thing from the passing thought of a hodiernal unit: if any fancies in my brain are really new, and hitherto unbroached upon the subject, it can scarcely be doubted but that they are false; so very little reliance do principles of catholicity allow to be placed upon "private interpretations."

    The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper

  • For, all these, of course, are exceptions; and the rule and hodiernal life of a good man is benefaction.

    Essays: Second Series (1844)

  • Literature is a point outside of our hodiernal circle through which

    Essays — First Series

  • Literature is a point outside of our hodiernal [705] circle through which a new one may be described.

    Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • For all these of course are exceptions, and the rule and hodiernal life of a good man is benefaction.

    Essays — Second Series

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  • "My writing is for to-day, most distinctly hodiernal."

    - George Gissing, New Grub Street.

    January 30, 2008