Sunday, January 10, 2010

Dictionary Highlights: Day 9

angry young man -
1. one of a group of British writers of the late 1950s and the 1960s whose works reflect strong dissatisfaction with, frustration by, and rebellion against tradition and society.
2. any author writing in this manner.

The next time someone calls me an angry young man, I will take it as a testament to my expert penmanship.

aniconism -
1. opposition to the use of idols or images.
2. the worship of objects symbolic of but not depicting a deity.

Somehow, these two definitions seem contradictory

animal faith - nonrational belief in the existence of a fully knowable world outside the mind.


animality -
1. the state of being an animal.
2. the animal nature or instincts of human beings.

And also one of the sweetest finishing moves in Mortal Kombat!

animal magnetism - the power to attract others through one's physical presence, bearing, energy, etc.

And I think it's a spell in Dungeons & Dragons

animé - any of various resins or copals, especially that from Hymenaea courbaril, a tree of tropical Ameria, used in making varnish, scenting pastilles, etc.

And apparently used in making Japanese cartoons, too.

Anschauung - direct or immediate intuition or perception of sense data with little or no rational interpretation.

And now you have a fancy word for non-propositional knowledge.

Antaeus - in Classical Mythology, an African giant who was invincible when in contact with the earth but was lifted into the air by Hercules and crushed.

It was at this point that I realized that Marvel Comics has been ripping off classical mythology for years.

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