Word of the Day: Sustenance

sustenance sus-te-nance / sŭs-tə-nəns noun 1. something that supports life or health; nourishment God, provide me with enough sustenance that my family is taken care of, that neither I remain hungry, nor does my guest go unfed. Kabir, 1440 – 1518   2. something that provides a means of support; livelihood When more of the people’s sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government and expenses of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of free government. Grover Cleveland, 1837 – 1908   3. the act or process of supporting life, health, livelihood, etc. Every individual is like a thread in a beautiful tapestry with a vital contribution to make, not only to the sustenance of life as we know it, but in the creation and development of more beneficial expressions of life. John Templeton. 1912 – 2008