Monday, November 05, 2007

More Words Gathered

aboulie, abulia
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin, from 2a- + Greek boul will
Date: circa 1864
: abnormal lack of ability to act or to make decisions

Function: noun
Etymology: French jérémiade, from Jérémie Jeremiah, from Late Latin Jeremias
Date: 1780
: a prolonged lamentation or complaint; also : a cautionary or angry harangue

Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Latin adumbratus, past participle of adumbrare, from ad- + umbra shadow -- more at UMBRAGE
Date: 1581
1 : to foreshadow vaguely : INTIMATE
2 : to suggest, disclose, or outline partially

: the symbol #
Example sentence:
Barry noticed the pound sign on the telephone and remarked about how much the octothorpe resembled a tic-tac-toe grid.

Etymology: Latin, from Greek katachrsis misuse, from katachrsthai to use up, misuse, from kata- + chrsthai to use
Date: 1550
1 : use of the wrong word for the context
2 : use of a forced and especially paradoxical figure of speech (as blind mouths)

Function: noun
Usage: often capitalized
Etymology: German, from Welt world + Anschauung view
Date: 1868
: a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint

Function: noun
Etymology: Greek litots, from litos simple, perhaps from lit-, lis linen cloth
Date: 1589
: understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of the contrary (as in "not a bad singer" or "not unhappy")

Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, act of placing side by side, from paratassein to place side by side, from para- + tassein to arrange
Date: circa 1842
: the placing of clauses or phrases one after another without coordinating or subordinating connectives

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