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Vestments of Accumulation

PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:20 pm
by dtcochrane
late 14c., "to clothe in the official robes of an office," from L. investire "to clothe in, cover, surround," from in "in, into" + vestire "to dress, clothe" (see wear). The meaning "use money to produce profit" first attested 1610s in connection with the East Indies trade, and is probably a borrowing of It. investire (13c.) from the same L. root, via the notion of giving one's capital a new form. The military meaning "to besiege" is from c.1600. Related: Invested; investing.

1670s, from adj. meaning "dressed so as to be made ridiculous, parodied, burlesqued" (c.1660s), from Fr. travesti "dressed in disguise," pp. of travestir "to disguise" (1590s), from It. travestire "to disguise," from L. trans- "over" + vestire "to clothe" (see wear).