Category: Word of the Day
pro kruh sti ən
(often capitalized) pertaining to the forcing of someone or something into conformity with preconceptions.
It was pleasant to me to look on an ordinary face, and see it light up into a smile, and think with myself: “there is one heart that will judge of me by what I am, and not by a Procrustean dogma.”
pro ti ən
1. easily changing form or character; variable or versatile.
example: Plastic is a protean substance.
2. (cap.) of, concerning, or resembling Proteus. (Who is Proteus? –>) (more…)
sa lihp sih zəm
definition 1: in philosophy, the theory that the self is the only verifiable reality.
definition 2: the self-centered habit of interpreting and judging all things exclusively according to one’s own concepts of meaning and value.
example: He knew his wife’s solipsism would prevent her from regarding his injury as anything but an infringement on her freedom to do what she liked.
derivations: solipsist (adj.), solipsistic (adj.), solipsist (n.)
ka lə kwi
a conversation or written dialogue, especially one with a formal setting and purpose.
quotation: The hearing ended…with an extraordinary colloquy between Senator Kerry and Ms. Rice in which the senator, the recent Democratic presidential nominee, alternatively asked sharp questions and offered lectures about various themes from his campaign. (The New York Times, May 1, 2005)
sə lI lə kwaIz
to speak aloud what is in one’s mind when, or as if when, no one is present or listening.
example: As soon as he arrived there he impatiently seated himself in an easy chair and began to soliloquize after this fashion: “I wonder where Walter got that idea about sending me to jail, what can that have to do with his sickness; then to think my wife agreed with him. Let me see, what did she say? I was so outraged I can scarcely recall what was said.” (William W. Walter, The Pastor’s Son)