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Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday These three new words (to me) come from Against the Machine. See more new words on Wondrous Words Wednesday.

1. cognoscente

(n) [kon-yuh-SHEN-tee]

Definition—a person with superior knowledge or highly refined taste; a connoisseur

Usage“The notion that ideas could be compared to viruses was a concept that had already become fairly familiar to the Internet cognoscenti.”

2. miscegenation

(n) [miss-ij-in-NAY-shun]

Definition—the interbreeding of members of different races

Usage—“Elvis’s gyrations would have meant nothing without that deep miscegenational voice and that slowly welling emotion verging on parody.”

3. praxis

(n) [PRAK-sis]

Definition—1. practice as opposed to the theory. 2. accepted practice or custom

Usage—It was, as the Marxists used to say, a “praxis” compared with Brooks’s more general transvaluations.”


bermudaonion said...

Wow, what great words! I love the sound of praxis, but can't figure out when I can use it. Thanks for participating!

avisannschild said...

You're the second person to mention miscegenation today! Cognoscente is a new one to me.


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