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Since means from then until now, a time that occurs between then and now, before now, continuously from a specified time until now, ago, or inasmuch. Since may be used as an adverb, preposition or conjunction. Since first appears in the fifteenth century as synnes, from the Old English siððan, meaning afterward, from now on, hereafter, further, as soon as, after that. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, since is one of the top one thousand frequently used words.

Sense means 1.) one of the bodily faculties that gathers information from the environment and relays it to the brain, 2.) the ability to understand information through one of these faculties, 3.) the feeling understood through one of these faculties, 4.) understanding or awareness, 5.) sound judgement, 6.) reason, purpose, meaning. Sense may be used as a noun or a verb, related words are senses, sensed, sensing, senseless, senselessly. Sense appears in the fourteenth century from the Latin word sēnsus. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, sense is one of the top one thousand frequently used words.

Cense means to burn incense in a ritual fashion, to anoint a person or object with the smoke from burning incense. Cense appears in the fourteenth century, derived from the Old French  word encenser.


The invitation to Montenegro was the first move to expand the NATO alliance since 2009, when two other Balkan countries, Croatia and Albania, were admitted. (The Wall Street Journal)

Housebuilding slowed in the UK in November as the construction industry expanded at its lowest rate since 2013, with the exception of a pre-election slump in April – underlining the tough task facing the government to build 400,000 affordable homes by the end of the decade. (The Guardian)

They defined and positioned wine as a product as enjoyable, accessible and merrily exploitable as music, movies, cartoons, photographs, graphics, puns, travel and teases — basically, accentuating the gratification that can be found in all of the five senses. (The Evening Standard)

Among some community leaders, who saw Mr. Christie as a rare Republican who rejected alarmist, broad-brush rhetoric about Islam, a sense of betrayal has set in. (The New York Times)

“We were outside for about 15 minutes, then they let everybody back in,” said Freeman, who works at Lia’s Got Good Cense, which sells imported body oils. (The Washington Post)

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