Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PATHS

We have no thought to impede the paths to closer relationship.

May her ways be ways of pleasantness and all her paths be peace!

The odd coincidence of their paths crossing again troubled him.

Stoliker began to feel, poor man, that the paths of duty were unpopular.

He was a gentle soul, and she had always been able to guide him in paths of her own choosing.

The paths of the tornadoes we have referred to conclusively show this.

Large and mysterious are the paths of heaven, just and immaculate his ways.

In vain he explored every thicket, and surveyed all the paths of the forest.

All the paths of the garden which covered the slope opposite our houses were known to me.

Then they wandered as long as daylight lasted, wherever the paths they took conducted them.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English paþ, pæþ "path, track," from West Germanic *patha- (cf. Old Frisian path, Middle Dutch pat, Dutch pad, Old High German pfad, German Pfad "path"), of unknown origin. The original initial -p- in a Germanic word is an etymological puzzle. Watkins says the word is "probably borrowed (? via Scythian) from Iranian *path-," from PIE root *pent- "to tread, go, pass" (cf. Avestan patha "way;" see find (v.)), but this is too much of a stretch for OED and others. In Scotland and Northern England, commonly a steep ascent of a hill or in a road.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.