after all

From Tender is the Night +++ “You know, you’re a little complicated after all.” “Oh no,” she assured him hastily. “No, I’m not really–I’m just a—I’m just a whole lot of different simple people.” +++chasuble, noun. A sleeveless outer vestment worn by the officiating priest at mass.bey, noun.  a :  a provincial governor in the Ottoman Empire b :  the former native ruler of Tunis or Tunisia 2 —used as a courtesy title in Turkey and Egypt onanism, noun. onanistic, adj. Coitus interruptus; masturbation. Pulling out.  corium, noun. Dermis; skin. 

self-fulfilling vocabulary

+++ Transume, verb. To transfigure, transform, metamorphose. Parturition, noun. Childbirth. Giving birth. Viscid, adj. Glutinous, sticky. Alimentary, adj. Of or relating to sustenance or nourishment. Labile, adj. Liable to change, easily altered. +++

FYI

+++ versicle, noun. A short sentence said or sung by the minister in a church service, to which the congregation gives a response. popsicle, noun. A piece of flavored ice or ice cream on a stick. +++

Sleep of the sword / bright guarantee of God

+++ Time and again, foul things attacked me,Lurking and stalking, but I lashed out,gave as good as I got with my sword.My flesh was not for feasting on, there would be no monsters gnawing and gloatingover their banquet at the bottom of the sea.Instead, in the morning, mangled and sleepingthe sleep of the sword, they slopped and floatedlike the ocean’s leavings. From now onsailors would be safe, the deep-sea raidswere over for good. Light came from the east, bright guarantee of God, and the waveswent quiet; I could see headlandsand buffeted cliffs. –Beowulf, Heaney translation, 559-574 +++ mizzle, noun.Light rain; drizzle. kith,…

Rhetorical things

chiasmus: A rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form; inversion in the second of two parallel forms. But O, what damned minutes tells he o’erWho dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet strong loves. —Shakespeare, Othello 3.3 antimetabole: the repetition of words or ideas in successive clauses, but in transposed grammatical order. Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. –JFK +++ Milton, Upon the Circumcision: O more exceeding love or law more just? Just law indeed, but…

vocab via Beowulf, Heaney

tumulous, adj. Having many mounds or small hills. lambent, adj.1. Flickering lightly over or on a surface: lambent moonlight.2. Effortlessly light or brilliant: lambent wit.3. Having a gentle glow; luminous.  chthonic, adj. Concerning, belonging to, or inhabiting the underworld. oneiric, adj. Of or relating to dreams or dreaming.

Vocab (via Virginia)

fulvous, adj. Tawny colored. stile, noun. An arrangement of steps allowing people, but not animals, to pass over a fence or wall. cruets, noun. Small containers used at the table to hold vinegar or sauces. olegraphs, noun. Prints made to resemble oil paintings. lachrymose, adj. Tearful or given to weeping.

self-fulfilling vocabulary

bagatelle, noun. 1. An unimportant or insignificant thing; a trifle.2. A short, light piece of verse or music.3. A game played on an oblong table with a cue and balls.

Self-fulfilling Vocabulary

Rhodomontade, noun and adj. a. A vainglorious brag or boast; an extravagantly boastful, arrogant, or bombastic speech or piece of writing; †an arrogant act (obs.). THANKS JANE Amphiboly, noun.  1. Ambiguous discourse; a sentence which may be construed in two distinct senses; a quibble. (See amphibology n., which is the earlier and more popular word.)2. A figure of speech: Ambiguity arising from the uncertain construction of a sentence or clause, of which the individual words are unequivocal: thus distinguished by logicians from equivocation, though in popular use the two are confused. “though in popular use the two are confused” THANKS WILLIAM 

Vocab via Clarice, Barthes, Buddhist philosophy

tessitura, noun.Music. The part of the total compass of a melody or voice-part in which most of its tones lie. enclitic, adj.Grammar. That ‘leans its accent on the preceding word’ (Liddell and Scott): in Greek grammar the distinctive epithet of those words which have no accent, and which (when phonetic laws permit) cause a secondary stress to be laid on the last syllable of the word which they follow. Hence applied to the analogous Latin particles -que, -ve, -ne, etc., and in mod. use (with extension of sense) to those unemphatic words in other langs. that are treated in pronunciation as…

vocab via Heidegger, David Farrell Krell, Paul de Man

palimpsest, n.1. Paper, parchment, or other writing material designed to be reusable after any writing on it has been erased. Obs.2. a. A parchment or other writing surface on which the original text has been effaced or partially erased, and then overwritten by another; a manuscript in which later writing has been superimposed on earlier (effaced) writing. b. In extended use: a thing likened to such a writing surface, esp. in having been reused or altered while still retaining traces of its earlier form; a multilayered record. escutcheon, n.a. Heraldry. The shield or shield-shaped surface on which a coat of…

vocab via Warminski

metalepsis, noun. The rhetorical figure consisting in the metonymical substitution of one word for another which is itself a metonym; (more generally) any metaphorical usage resulting from a series or succession of figurative substitutions. Also: an instance of this. logos, noun.A term used by Greek (esp. Hellenistic and Neo-Platonist) philosophers in certain metaphysical and theological applications developed from one or both of its ordinary senses ‘reason’ and ‘word’; also adopted in three passages of the Johannine writings of the N.T. (where the English versions render it by ‘Word’) as a designation of Jesus Christ; hence employed by Christian theologians, esp….

vocab via Hartman

apotropaic, adj. Having or reputed to have the power of averting evil influence or ill luck. pataphysics, noun.A notional branch of knowledge dealing with that which eludes scientific or metaphysical understanding (originally elaborated by the French writer and dramatist of the absurd, Alfred Jarry); the philosophy of the absurd. Also: (in extended use) pseudoscientific or pseudo-metaphysical nonsense.

vocab via de Man, Hegel

copula, noun. 1. Logic and Grammar. That part of a proposition which connects the subject and predicate; the present tense of the verb to be (with or without a negative) employed as a mere sign of predication. 2. gen. A connection; a link. 3. Anat. A part (e.g. a bone, cartilage, or ligament) connecting other parts. anacoluthon, n. An instance of anacoluthia: A want of grammatical sequence; the passing from one construction to another before the former is completed. genitive, adj. 1. genitive case n. a grammatical form of substantives and other declinable parts of speech, chiefly used to denote…

vocab via Hegel

predicate, noun.1. Logic. That which is said of a subject; esp. (in the traditional logic of categorical propositions) what is affirmed or denied of the subject of a proposition by means of the copula. For example, my father in this man is my father, mortal in all men are mortal.a. A quality, an attribute.b. A personal appellation or title that asserts something about the person who bears 2. Grammar. The part of a sentence or clause containing what is said about a subject (e.g. went home in John went home yesterday), sometimes excluding any adjunct (yesterday in this example). ratiocination,…

vocab via Cynthia Chase, Paul de Man

apodictic / apodeictic, adj. Of clear demonstration; established on incontrovertible evidence. (By Kant applied to a proposition enouncing a necessary and hence absolute truth.) catachresis, noun.Improper use of words; application of a term to a thing which it does not properly denote; abuse or perversion of a trope or metaphor. semiosis, noun.The process whereby something functions as a sign. aleatory, adj. Dependent on the throw of a die; hence, dependent on uncertain contingencies. paranomasia, noun.Wordplay based on words which sound alike; an instance of this, a pun. diacritical, adj.1. diacritic — A. adj. and noun — Serving to distinguish, distinctive;…

vocab via Cynthia Chase, Andrzej Warminski, Hegel

pleonasm, noun. a. Grammar and Rhetoric. The use of more words in a sentence or clause than are necessary to express the meaning; redundancy of expression either as a fault of style, or as a rhetorical figure used for emphasis or clarity. Also: an instance of this; a superfluously worded expression or phrase.b. The addition of an extra or superfluous letter or syllable to a word; a word extended in this way. Obs. rare.2. gen. Superfluity, redundancy, or excess; something superfluous or redundant. Cf. pleonastic adj. 2. convoke, verb. trans. To call together, summon to assemble; to assemble or bring…

vocab – Autobiography as Defacement

diegesis, noun. A narrative or history; a recital or relation. pentimento, noun. A sign or trace of an alteration in a literary or artistic work; (spec. in Pa inting) a visible trace of a mistake or an earlier composition seen through later layers of paint on a canvas. ((Believe it or not, that word did not come from something Derrida)) specular, adj. Of, relating to, or having the properties of a mirror. prosopopeia, noun. A figure of speech in which an abstract thing is personified. A figure of speech in which an imagined or absent person or thing is represented…

Vocab via Paradise Lost

architrave, noun. The beam resting on the columns that supports the roof. opacous, adj. Dark. seneschal, noun. The major-domo, the chief steward of the household. prevenient – adj. 1. Theol. Coming before or antecedent to human action. Chiefly in prevenient grace n. the grace of God which precedes repentance and faith, predisposing a person to seek God in advance of any desire or motion on their part euphrasy – Noun. ‘eyebright’ – An herb used in poultices for the eyes. beeves – noun – Cattle. Plural of ‘beef’ bitumen – noun. 1. Originally, a kind of mineral pitch found in…

Vocab (Paradise Lost)

uxorious, adj. Having or showing an excessive or submissive fondness for one’s wife. architrave, noun. The beam resting on the columns that supports the roof; the lowest section of the entablature.

Vocab (Paradise Lost)

uxorious, adj. Having or showing an excessive or submissive fondness for one’s wife. architrave, noun. The beam resting on the columns that supports the roof; the lowest section of the entablature.

Vocab (Swann’s Way, Davis translation)

corolla, noun. Botany. The inner envelope of floral leaves of a flower, usually of delicate texture and of some color other than green; the petals considered collectively. dromedary, noun. 1. a type of Arabian camel bred for racing and riding, having a single hump and long slender legs 2. another name for Arabian camel niello, noun and verb. –noun 1. a black metallic substance, consisting of silver, copper, lead, and sulfur, with which an incised design or ground is filled to produce an ornamental effect on metal. 2. ornamental work so produced. 3. a specimen of such work. 4. a…

Vocab (Swann’s Way, Davis translation)

corolla, noun. Botany. The inner envelope of floral leaves of a flower, usually of delicate texture and of some color other than green; the petals considered collectively. dromedary, noun. 1. a type of Arabian camel bred for racing and riding, having a single hump and long slender legs 2. another name for Arabian camel niello, noun and verb. –noun 1. a black metallic substance, consisting of silver, copper, lead, and sulfur, with which an incised design or ground is filled to produce an ornamental effect on metal. 2. ornamental work so produced. 3. a specimen of such work. 4. a…

Death in Venice

“‘You see, Aschenbach has always lived like this’ — here the speaker closed the fingers of his left hand to a fist — ‘never like this’– and he let his open hand hang relaxed from the back of his chair. It was apt.” (pg 9, translation by H.T. Lowe Porter)“His love of the ocean had profound sources: the hard-worked artist’s longing for rest, his yearning to seek refuge from the thronging manifold shapes of his fancy in the bosom of the simple and vast; and another yearning, opposed to his art and perhaps for that very reason a lure, for…

Death in Venice

“‘You see, Aschenbach has always lived like this’ — here the speaker closed the fingers of his left hand to a fist — ‘never like this’– and he let his open hand hang relaxed from the back of his chair. It was apt.” (pg 9, translation by H.T. Lowe Porter)“His love of the ocean had profound sources: the hard-worked artist’s longing for rest, his yearning to seek refuge from the thronging manifold shapes of his fancy in the bosom of the simple and vast; and another yearning, opposed to his art and perhaps for that very reason a lure, for…

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Barratry – noun. 1. The purchase or sale of ecclesiastical preferment, or of offices of state.2. (Sc. Law.) The acceptance of bribes by a judge. Palinode – noun. Originally: an ode or song in which the author retracts a view or sentiment expressed in a former poem. Later also (more generally): a recantation, retraction, or withdrawal of a statement; (Sc. Law) a formal retraction of a defamatory statement demanded from a defender in a libel action (now hist.).v: 1. intr. To retract, recant, withdraw a statement. Orotund – adj.A. adj. Originally (of a voice, speaker, or utterance): imposing, clear, resonant;…

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Barratry – noun. 1. The purchase or sale of ecclesiastical preferment, or of offices of state.2. (Sc. Law.) The acceptance of bribes by a judge. Palinode – noun. Originally: an ode or song in which the author retracts a view or sentiment expressed in a former poem. Later also (more generally): a recantation, retraction, or withdrawal of a statement; (Sc. Law) a formal retraction of a defamatory statement demanded from a defender in a libel action (now hist.).v: 1. intr. To retract, recant, withdraw a statement. Orotund – adj.A. adj. Originally (of a voice, speaker, or utterance): imposing, clear, resonant;…

Vocab via Bishop

equinoctial – adj. 1. Pertaining to a state of equal day and night. equinoctial line, circle (in Milton equinoctial road), the celestial or terrestrial equator. Cf. B. 1 and 2. equinoctial point = Equinox (duh)divagation – noun.The action of divagating; a wandering or straying away or about: deviation; digression. macadamize – verb. 1. a. trans. Originally: to make or repair (a road) according to McAdam’s method. In modern use: to cover (an unmade road, etc.) with tarmacadam. b. trans. fig. To make (a way, etc.) level, even, or smooth; to raze. Now rare. Perh. Obs. diaphanous – adj.Permitting the free…

Vocab via Bishop

equinoctial – adj. 1. Pertaining to a state of equal day and night. equinoctial line, circle (in Milton equinoctial road), the celestial or terrestrial equator. Cf. B. 1 and 2. equinoctial point = Equinox (duh)divagation – noun.The action of divagating; a wandering or straying away or about: deviation; digression. macadamize – verb. 1. a. trans. Originally: to make or repair (a road) according to McAdam’s method. In modern use: to cover (an unmade road, etc.) with tarmacadam. b. trans. fig. To make (a way, etc.) level, even, or smooth; to raze. Now rare. Perh. Obs. diaphanous – adj.Permitting the free…

Vocab (courtesy of Freud)

parataxic, adj.Of, relating to, or designating a mode of interpersonal relationship in which projection of memories, feelings, etc., creates distorted perception or expectation of others. abreaction, noun. (v. abreact)Discharge of the emotional energy associated with a psychic trauma that has been forgotten or repressed; the process of bringing such a trauma back to consciousness, esp. as a psychotherapeutic technique; an instance of this. asseverate, v.To affirm solemnly, assert emphatically, declare positively, avouch, aver pathogenic, adj.1. Med. and Biol. Producing physical disease; of or relating to the production of physicaldisease.2. Psychiatry. Causing, or tending to cause, mental illness.3. fig. Morally or…

Vocab (courtesy of Freud)

parataxic, adj.Of, relating to, or designating a mode of interpersonal relationship in which projection of memories, feelings, etc., creates distorted perception or expectation of others. abreaction, noun. (v. abreact)Discharge of the emotional energy associated with a psychic trauma that has been forgotten or repressed; the process of bringing such a trauma back to consciousness, esp. as a psychotherapeutic technique; an instance of this. asseverate, v.To affirm solemnly, assert emphatically, declare positively, avouch, aver pathogenic, adj.1. Med. and Biol. Producing physical disease; of or relating to the production of physicaldisease.2. Psychiatry. Causing, or tending to cause, mental illness.3. fig. Morally or…

vocab (Thanks to Freud, Lowell, Dante)

bocardo n. (Logic) A form of syllogism of which the first and third propositions are particular negatives, and the middle term a universal affirmative [For years I’ve been trying to find the exact device, for when you say “near and far” to mean “everywhere” — I swear there’s a better word for it than this but perhaps not! (This is certainly a nifty enough word)] maunder, v. 1. To beg2. To grumble, mutter, moan3. To move or act in a dreamy, idle, or purposeless manner; to dawdle. Freq. with along, away, over.4. trans. To fritter away (one’s time, life, etc.).5….

vocab (Thanks to Freud, Lowell, Dante)

bocardo n. (Logic) A form of syllogism of which the first and third propositions are particular negatives, and the middle term a universal affirmative [For years I’ve been trying to find the exact device, for when you say “near and far” to mean “everywhere” — I swear there’s a better word for it than this but perhaps not! (This is certainly a nifty enough word)] maunder, v. 1. To beg2. To grumble, mutter, moan3. To move or act in a dreamy, idle, or purposeless manner; to dawdle. Freq. with along, away, over.4. trans. To fritter away (one’s time, life, etc.).5….

Notes from the Iliad

“The cry went out, the men came crowding, officers from their commander’s side went swiftly down to form each unit — and the grey-eyed goddess Athena kept the pace behind them, bearing her shield of storm, immortal and august, whose hundred golden-plaited tassels, worth a hecatomb each one, floated in air. So down the ranks that dazzling goddess went to stir the attack, and each man in his heart grew strong to fight and never quit the melee, for at her passage war itself became lovelier than return, lovelier than sailing in the decked ships to their own native land….

Notes from the Iliad

“The cry went out, the men came crowding, officers from their commander’s side went swiftly down to form each unit — and the grey-eyed goddess Athena kept the pace behind them, bearing her shield of storm, immortal and august, whose hundred golden-plaited tassels, worth a hecatomb each one, floated in air. So down the ranks that dazzling goddess went to stir the attack, and each man in his heart grew strong to fight and never quit the melee, for at her passage war itself became lovelier than return, lovelier than sailing in the decked ships to their own native land….

vocab, courtesy of Bram Stoker

carbuncle, n. 1. a. A large precious stone of a red or fiery colour: in early use of unsettled identity, as a ruby, garnet, spinel, etc.; (also) a mythical gem said to give out light in the dark (now hist.). In later use: esp. a garnet en cabochon, or of a boss form, often hollowed out to allow the colour of the stone to be seen. b. fig. A person or thing resembling a carbuncle in colour, brilliance, or precious quality. Obs. c. The substance of which a carbuncle consists; (fig.) resplendent matter. 2. Heraldry. A carbuncle borne in a…

vocab, courtesy of Bram Stoker

carbuncle, n. 1. a. A large precious stone of a red or fiery colour: in early use of unsettled identity, as a ruby, garnet, spinel, etc.; (also) a mythical gem said to give out light in the dark (now hist.). In later use: esp. a garnet en cabochon, or of a boss form, often hollowed out to allow the colour of the stone to be seen. b. fig. A person or thing resembling a carbuncle in colour, brilliance, or precious quality. Obs. c. The substance of which a carbuncle consists; (fig.) resplendent matter. 2. Heraldry. A carbuncle borne in a…

vocab, courtesy of Lowry

tabid, adj1. Path. Affected with tabes; wasted by disease; consumptive; marcid. Also fig.2. Corrupted, decomposed. Obs.3. Causing consumption, wasting, or decline. floriferous, adjProducing flowers thaumaturgy, nThe working of wonders; miracle-working; magic.plangent, adj1. Loud and resonant; reverberating; (also) that thrills or affects the emotions; mournful, plaintive-sounding.2. spec. Of a wave, surf, etc.: making a beating, roaring, or crashing sound. Chiefly poet. Now rare.neuritic, adjOf or relating to a neurite or neurites; good for the nerves rubicund, adj1. Of things: Inclined to redness; tending towards a red colour; red. Obs.2. Of the face, etc.: Reddish, flushed, highly coloured, esp. as the result…

vocab, courtesy of Lowry

tabid, adj1. Path. Affected with tabes; wasted by disease; consumptive; marcid. Also fig.2. Corrupted, decomposed. Obs.3. Causing consumption, wasting, or decline. floriferous, adjProducing flowers thaumaturgy, nThe working of wonders; miracle-working; magic.plangent, adj1. Loud and resonant; reverberating; (also) that thrills or affects the emotions; mournful, plaintive-sounding.2. spec. Of a wave, surf, etc.: making a beating, roaring, or crashing sound. Chiefly poet. Now rare.neuritic, adjOf or relating to a neurite or neurites; good for the nerves rubicund, adj1. Of things: Inclined to redness; tending towards a red colour; red. Obs.2. Of the face, etc.: Reddish, flushed, highly coloured, esp. as the result…

vocab, courtesy of Poe

tarn, n. A small mountain lake, having no significant tributaries. (Originally local northern English, now generally used by geologists and geographers.) catalepsy, n.1. Med. A disease characterized by a seizure or trance, lasting for hours or days, with suspension of sensation and consciousness.2. Philos. Comprehension, apprehension. miasma, n.1. Noxious vapour rising from putrescent organic matter, marshland, etc., which pollutes the atmosphere; a cloud of such vapour. Also in extended use.

vocab, courtesy of Poe

tarn, n. A small mountain lake, having no significant tributaries. (Originally local northern English, now generally used by geologists and geographers.) catalepsy, n.1. Med. A disease characterized by a seizure or trance, lasting for hours or days, with suspension of sensation and consciousness.2. Philos. Comprehension, apprehension. miasma, n.1. Noxious vapour rising from putrescent organic matter, marshland, etc., which pollutes the atmosphere; a cloud of such vapour. Also in extended use.

vocab

autochthonic; autochthonous; a. adj. Native to the soil, aboriginal, indigenous. apostasy, n.1. Abandonment or renunciation of one’s religious faith or moral allegiance. sodality, n. 1. Association or confederation with others; brotherhood, companionship, fellowship.

vocab

autochthonic; autochthonous; a. adj. Native to the soil, aboriginal, indigenous. apostasy, n.1. Abandonment or renunciation of one’s religious faith or moral allegiance. sodality, n. 1. Association or confederation with others; brotherhood, companionship, fellowship.

Vocab (courtesy of Nathanial Hawthorne)

emolument, n. 1. Profit or gain arising from station, office, or employment; dues; reward, remuneration, salary. sere, adj. 1. a. Dry, withered. Now poet. or rhetorical. sedulous, adj. 1. Of persons or agents: Diligent, active, constant in application to the matter in hand; assiduous, persistent. deleterious, adj. Hurtful or injurious to life or health; noxious. nugatory, adj. 1. Trifling, negligible; of no intrinsic value or importance; worthless. misanthropy, n. Hatred of mankind; the character, nature, or condition of a misanthrope. catarrh, n.The profuse discharge from nose and eyes which generally accompanies a cold, and which was formerly supposed to run…

Vocab (courtesy of Nathanial Hawthorne)

emolument, n. 1. Profit or gain arising from station, office, or employment; dues; reward, remuneration, salary. sere, adj. 1. a. Dry, withered. Now poet. or rhetorical. sedulous, adj. 1. Of persons or agents: Diligent, active, constant in application to the matter in hand; assiduous, persistent. deleterious, adj. Hurtful or injurious to life or health; noxious. nugatory, adj. 1. Trifling, negligible; of no intrinsic value or importance; worthless. misanthropy, n. Hatred of mankind; the character, nature, or condition of a misanthrope. catarrh, n.The profuse discharge from nose and eyes which generally accompanies a cold, and which was formerly supposed to run…

vocab

peccadillo, n. A minor fault or sin; a trivial offence.peregrinate, v. To travel, journey; to go from place to place. Also fig. acme, n. 1. The highest point or culmination; the point or period at which something is at its best or most highly developed; (in later use also) a person or thing representing or embodying this. effulgence, n. The quality of being effulgent, splendid radiance. lit. and fig. pirogue, n. Originally: a long narrow canoe hollowed from the trunk of a single tree; =n. 1. Subsequently also: any of various kinds of canoe or small open boat.

vocab

peccadillo, n. A minor fault or sin; a trivial offence.peregrinate, v. To travel, journey; to go from place to place. Also fig. acme, n. 1. The highest point or culmination; the point or period at which something is at its best or most highly developed; (in later use also) a person or thing representing or embodying this. effulgence, n. The quality of being effulgent, splendid radiance. lit. and fig. pirogue, n. Originally: a long narrow canoe hollowed from the trunk of a single tree; =n. 1. Subsequently also: any of various kinds of canoe or small open boat.

vocab

parhelion – (n.) a bright spot in the sky appearing on either side of the sun, formed by refraction of sunlight through ice crystals high in the earth’s atmosphere. Also called a “sun dog”.

vocab

parhelion – (n.) a bright spot in the sky appearing on either side of the sun, formed by refraction of sunlight through ice crystals high in the earth’s atmosphere. Also called a “sun dog”.

vocab

Panglossian \pan-GLAH-see-un\ adjective: marked by the view that all is for the best, in this best of possible worlds :excessively optimistic Example sentence:Even the most Panglossian temperament would have had trouble finding the good inthis situation. Did you know?Dr. Pangloss was the pedantic old tutor in Voltaire’s satirical novel Candide.Pangloss was an incurable, albeit misguided, optimist who claimed that “all isfor the best in this best of all possible worlds.” So persistent was he in hisoptimism that he kept it even after witnessing and experiencing great crueltyand suffering. The name “Pangloss” comes from Greek “pan,” meaning “all,” and

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Panglossian \pan-GLAH-see-un\ adjective: marked by the view that all is for the best, in this best of possible worlds :excessively optimistic Example sentence:Even the most Panglossian temperament would have had trouble finding the good inthis situation. Did you know?Dr. Pangloss was the pedantic old tutor in Voltaire’s satirical novel Candide.Pangloss was an incurable, albeit misguided, optimist who claimed that “all isfor the best in this best of all possible worlds.” So persistent was he in hisoptimism that he kept it even after witnessing and experiencing great crueltyand suffering. The name “Pangloss” comes from Greek “pan,” meaning “all,” and

vocab – Aztecs

agnatic adj. 1. Related on or descended from the father’s or male side. 2. Coming from a common source; akin. n. A relative on the father’s or male side only.

vocab – Aztecs

agnatic adj. 1. Related on or descended from the father’s or male side. 2. Coming from a common source; akin. n. A relative on the father’s or male side only.

courtesy of Washington Irving

virago–noun, plural -goes, -gos. 1. a loud-voiced, ill-tempered, scolding woman; shrew. 2. Archaic. a woman of strength or spirit–noun termagant 1. a violent, turbulent, or brawling woman. 2. (initial capital letter) a mythical deity popularly believed in the Middle Ages to be worshiped by the Muslims and introduced into the morality play as a violent, overbearing personage in long robes.

courtesy of Washington Irving

virago–noun, plural -goes, -gos. 1. a loud-voiced, ill-tempered, scolding woman; shrew. 2. Archaic. a woman of strength or spirit–noun termagant 1. a violent, turbulent, or brawling woman. 2. (initial capital letter) a mythical deity popularly believed in the Middle Ages to be worshiped by the Muslims and introduced into the morality play as a violent, overbearing personage in long robes.

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re·mu·ner·a·tion n1. a payment or reward for goods or services or for losses sustained or inconvenience caused2. the paying or rewarding of somebody for goods or services or for losses sustained or inconvenience caused shib·bo·leth n1. a word or phrase frequently used, or a belief strongly held, by members of a group that is usually regarded by outsiders as meaningless, unimportant, or misguided2. a saying that is widely used or a belief that is widely held, especially one that interferes with somebody’s ability to speak or think about things without preconception3. a unique pronunciation, word, behavior, or practice used to…

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re·mu·ner·a·tion n1. a payment or reward for goods or services or for losses sustained or inconvenience caused2. the paying or rewarding of somebody for goods or services or for losses sustained or inconvenience caused shib·bo·leth n1. a word or phrase frequently used, or a belief strongly held, by members of a group that is usually regarded by outsiders as meaningless, unimportant, or misguided2. a saying that is widely used or a belief that is widely held, especially one that interferes with somebody’s ability to speak or think about things without preconception3. a unique pronunciation, word, behavior, or practice used to…

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paralogy, n1. False or specious reasoning: PARALOGISM n. 2. rare.2. Biol. Esp. in the terminology of I. J. Hunter: morphological or anatomical similarity that does not imply homology or similarity of function (analogy); an instance of this. rare. senescence, n The process or condition of growing old.

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paralogy, n1. False or specious reasoning: PARALOGISM n. 2. rare.2. Biol. Esp. in the terminology of I. J. Hunter: morphological or anatomical similarity that does not imply homology or similarity of function (analogy); an instance of this. rare. senescence, n The process or condition of growing old.

vocab (Philosophy of Art)

gestalt, n.A ‘shape’, ‘configuration’, or ‘structure’ which as an object of perception forms a specific whole or unity incapable of expression simply in terms of its parts (e.g. a melody in distinction from the notes that make it up); cf. CONFIGURATION 6. Freq. attrib., as Gestalt psychology, a school of psychology which holds that perceptions, reactions, etc., are Gestalts; also ellipt.

vocab (Philosophy of Art)

gestalt, n.A ‘shape’, ‘configuration’, or ‘structure’ which as an object of perception forms a specific whole or unity incapable of expression simply in terms of its parts (e.g. a melody in distinction from the notes that make it up); cf. CONFIGURATION 6. Freq. attrib., as Gestalt psychology, a school of psychology which holds that perceptions, reactions, etc., are Gestalts; also ellipt.

Vocab (Aristotle)

deux ex machina A power, event, person, or thing that comes in the nick of time to solve a difficulty; providential interposition, esp. in a novel or play. cavil, v. 1. intr. ‘To raise captious and frivolous objections’ (J.); to object, dispute, or find fault unfairly or without good reason. Const. at, about(formerly also against, with, on). 2. trans. To object to or find fault with captiously. eschatology a. The department of theological science concerned with ‘the four last things: death, judgement, heaven, and hell’. encomium, n. A formal or high-flown expression of praise; a eulogy, panegyric.

Vocab (Aristotle)

deux ex machina A power, event, person, or thing that comes in the nick of time to solve a difficulty; providential interposition, esp. in a novel or play. cavil, v. 1. intr. ‘To raise captious and frivolous objections’ (J.); to object, dispute, or find fault unfairly or without good reason. Const. at, about(formerly also against, with, on). 2. trans. To object to or find fault with captiously. eschatology a. The department of theological science concerned with ‘the four last things: death, judgement, heaven, and hell’. encomium, n. A formal or high-flown expression of praise; a eulogy, panegyric.

Amazing

———- Forwarded message ———- From: Hilary B. Becker Date: 2009/10/22Subject:To: “Matthew P. Ritger” a troubling of golfisha marmalade of poniesa charm of hummingbirdsa risk of lobstersa smack of jellyfish circumstantial venery:a kettle of hawks (when in flight)a raft of auks (when bobbing in the ocean)a skein of geese (when in flight)a parliament of owls (when roosting)

Amazing

———- Forwarded message ———- From: Hilary B. Becker Date: 2009/10/22Subject:To: “Matthew P. Ritger” a troubling of golfisha marmalade of poniesa charm of hummingbirdsa risk of lobstersa smack of jellyfish circumstantial venery:a kettle of hawks (when in flight)a raft of auks (when bobbing in the ocean)a skein of geese (when in flight)a parliament of owls (when roosting)

vocab (thanks to Goodman’s When is Art)

sa·li·ent adj1. particularly noticeable, striking, or relevant2. sticking out from a surface3. used to describe an angle that projects outward from a polygon4. represented as a jumping or leaping animal

vocab (thanks to Derrida)

symploke, nounA figure consisting in the repetition of one word or phrase at the beginning, and of another at the end, of successive clauses or sentences; a combination of anaphora and epistrophe. epistrophe, noun1. Rhet. A figure of speech in which each sentence or clause ends with the same word. protention, nounIn phenomenology: extension of the consciousness of some present act or event into the future; an instance of this. cathexis, noun The concentration or accumulation of mental energy in a particular channel.

vocab (thanks to Derrida)

symploke, nounA figure consisting in the repetition of one word or phrase at the beginning, and of another at the end, of successive clauses or sentences; a combination of anaphora and epistrophe. epistrophe, noun1. Rhet. A figure of speech in which each sentence or clause ends with the same word. protention, nounIn phenomenology: extension of the consciousness of some present act or event into the future; an instance of this. cathexis, noun The concentration or accumulation of mental energy in a particular channel.

vocab (thanks to Joan Didion)

koan, noun In Zen Buddhism, a paradox put to a student to stimulate his mind. aphasia, nounLoss of speech, partial or total, or loss of power to understand written or spoken language, as a result of disorder of the cerebral speech centres. ag·it·prop noun1. political propaganda, especially pro-Communist, and especially when disseminated through literature, drama, music, or art2. artistic work or works serving as a vehicle for political propagandatabula rasa, noun(Latin: blank slate) refers to the epistemological thesis that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that their knowledge comes from experience and perception. epistemology, nounThe theory or science…

vocab (thanks to Joan Didion)

koan, noun In Zen Buddhism, a paradox put to a student to stimulate his mind. aphasia, nounLoss of speech, partial or total, or loss of power to understand written or spoken language, as a result of disorder of the cerebral speech centres. ag·it·prop noun1. political propaganda, especially pro-Communist, and especially when disseminated through literature, drama, music, or art2. artistic work or works serving as a vehicle for political propagandatabula rasa, noun(Latin: blank slate) refers to the epistemological thesis that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that their knowledge comes from experience and perception. epistemology, nounThe theory or science…

vocab (thanks to Lacan)

erogenic, adjThat gives rise to sexual desire. dehiscence, nounGaping, opening by divergence of parts, esp. as a natural process: a. Bot. The bursting open of capsules, fruits, anthers, etc. in order to discharge their mature contents. quadrature, nounThe quality, state, or condition of being quadrate or quadrangular; squareness; (also) a square or rectangle (obs.). Now rare. ergodic, adjOf a trajectory in a confined portion of space: having the property that in the limit all points of the space will be included in the trajectory with equal frequency. Of a stochastic process: having the property that the probability of any state…

vocab (thanks to Lacan)

erogenic, adjThat gives rise to sexual desire. dehiscence, nounGaping, opening by divergence of parts, esp. as a natural process: a. Bot. The bursting open of capsules, fruits, anthers, etc. in order to discharge their mature contents. quadrature, nounThe quality, state, or condition of being quadrate or quadrangular; squareness; (also) a square or rectangle (obs.). Now rare. ergodic, adjOf a trajectory in a confined portion of space: having the property that in the limit all points of the space will be included in the trajectory with equal frequency. Of a stochastic process: having the property that the probability of any state…

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kerygma nounPreaching; proclamation of religious truth.kerygmatic –adj adiaphorism nounReligious or theological indifference; indifferentism, latitudinarianism.

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kerygma nounPreaching; proclamation of religious truth.kerygmatic –adj adiaphorism nounReligious or theological indifference; indifferentism, latitudinarianism.

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di·a·lec·tic n1. the tension that exists between two conflicting or interacting forces, elements, or ideas2. the investigation of the truth through discussion, or the art of investigating truths through discussion3. di·a·lec·tic or di·a·lec·tics debate intended to resolve a conflict between two contradictory or apparently contradictory ideas or elements logically, establishing truths on both sides rather than disproving one argument (takes a singular verb)4. the process, in Hegelian and Marxist thought, in which two apparently opposed ideas, the thesis and antithesis, become combined in a unified whole, the synthesis5. the methods used in Socratic philosophy to reveal truth through disputation su·per·ven·ient…

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di·a·lec·tic n1. the tension that exists between two conflicting or interacting forces, elements, or ideas2. the investigation of the truth through discussion, or the art of investigating truths through discussion3. di·a·lec·tic or di·a·lec·tics debate intended to resolve a conflict between two contradictory or apparently contradictory ideas or elements logically, establishing truths on both sides rather than disproving one argument (takes a singular verb)4. the process, in Hegelian and Marxist thought, in which two apparently opposed ideas, the thesis and antithesis, become combined in a unified whole, the synthesis5. the methods used in Socratic philosophy to reveal truth through disputation su·per·ven·ient…

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tau·tol·o·gy n1. a redundant repetition of a meaning in a sentence or idea using different words2. an instance of redundant repetition3. a proposition or statement that, in itself, is logically true tel·e·ol·o·gy n1. the study of ultimate causes in nature2. an approach to ethics that studies actions in relations to their ends or utility3. any activity that tends towards the achievement of a goal me·ton·y·my na figure of speech in which an attribute of something is used to stand for the thing itself, such as “laurels” when it stands for “glory” or “brass” when it stands for “military officers”

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tau·tol·o·gy n1. a redundant repetition of a meaning in a sentence or idea using different words2. an instance of redundant repetition3. a proposition or statement that, in itself, is logically true tel·e·ol·o·gy n1. the study of ultimate causes in nature2. an approach to ethics that studies actions in relations to their ends or utility3. any activity that tends towards the achievement of a goal me·ton·y·my na figure of speech in which an attribute of something is used to stand for the thing itself, such as “laurels” when it stands for “glory” or “brass” when it stands for “military officers”

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ba·thym·e·try n1. the measurement of the depth of large bodies of water, for example, lakes, oceans, and seas2. the data obtained by the use of bathymetry

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ba·thym·e·try n1. the measurement of the depth of large bodies of water, for example, lakes, oceans, and seas2. the data obtained by the use of bathymetry

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dot·age Pronunciation: \ˈdō-tij\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from doten to dote Date: 14th century : a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness

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dot·age Pronunciation: \ˈdō-tij\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from doten to dote Date: 14th century : a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness

Vocab gleened from Roland Barthes

ap·o·lo·gi·a na formal, usually written, defense or justification of a belief, theory, or policy (formal) re·gent n1. somebody who rules on behalf of a monarch who is unable to rule because of youth, illness, or absence2. any of various officers of a university, especially a member of the governing board adjruling as a regent car·a·cole or car·a·col nin dressage, a half turn to the left or right performed by a horse and rider vtito perform or cause a horse to perform a caracole dem·i·urge n1. a very strong, driving, and influential force or personality (formal)2. a public magistrate in some…

Vocab gleened from Roland Barthes

ap·o·lo·gi·a na formal, usually written, defense or justification of a belief, theory, or policy (formal) re·gent n1. somebody who rules on behalf of a monarch who is unable to rule because of youth, illness, or absence2. any of various officers of a university, especially a member of the governing board adjruling as a regent car·a·cole or car·a·col nin dressage, a half turn to the left or right performed by a horse and rider vtito perform or cause a horse to perform a caracole dem·i·urge n1. a very strong, driving, and influential force or personality (formal)2. a public magistrate in some…