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How different are these words: heritage, inheritance, legacy
Nov 1, 2012 4:58 AM
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Legacy is what someone leaves behind them, either when they leave a place or when they die. "the legacy of the ancient philosophers" Someone's heritage is something transmitted to them or acquired by them from a predecessor, whether this is a material possession, a tradition, a characteristic or whatever. Heritage = that which has been inherited (it can also be described as a birthright) "a heritage of poverty and suffering" "a national heritage of honor, pride, and courage" Inheritance = heritage, but where heritage can be used to describe someone's roots in terms of history, personality traits, background or traditions, inheritance is generally concerned with material possessions. "His inheritance comprised a large country estate and several cars" http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=770392
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