ETYMOLOGY OF CERTAIN WORDS: galvanize 1802, from Fr. galvaniser, from galvanisme (see galvanism).

Figurative sense of "excite, stimulate (as if by electricity)" first recorded 1853. Meaning "to coat with metal by means of galvanic electricity" (especially to plate iron with tin, but now typically to plate it with zinc) is from 1839. - to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically <galvanize a muscle> - to stimulate or excite as if by an electric shock <an issue that would galvanize public opinion> -to coat (iron or steel) with zinc; especially : to immerse in molten zinc to produce a coating of zinc-iron alloy colossal 1712 (colossic in the same sense is recorded from c.1600), from Fr. colossal, from colosse, from L. colossus, from Gk. kolossos (see colossus). -extraordinarily great in size, extent, or degree; gigantic;huge. -of or resembling a colossus. (initial capital letter ) Architecture . noting or pertaining to aclassical order whose columns o r pilasters span two or morestories of a building. limerick nonsense verse of five lines, 1896, perhaps from the county and city in Ireland, but if so the connection is obscure. It is usually attributed to a party game in which each guest in turn made up a nonsense verse and all sang a refrain with the line "Will you come up to Limerick?" Or perhaps from Learic, from Edward Lear (1812-1888) English humorist who popularized the form. Earliest examples are in French, which further complicates the quest for the origin. First record of the word is in a letter of Aubrey Beardsley. The place name is lit. "bare ground," from Ir. Liumneach, from lom "bare, thin." -A nonsense verse of a fixed type, more or less amusing, of the pattern of those written by Edward Lear in his Book of Nonsense. mentor "wise advisor," 1750, from Gk. Mentor, character in the "Odyssey," friend of Odysseus, adviser of Telemachus (often actually Athene in disguise), perhaps ult. meaning "adviser," since the name appears to be an agent noun of mentos "intent, purpose, spirit, passion" from PIE *mon-eyo- (cf. Skt. man-tar- "one who thinks," L. mon-i-tor "one who admonishes"), causative form of base *men- "to think" (see mental). Related: Mentored; mentoring. - a wise and trusted counselor or teacher. -an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

vandalism 1798, from Fr. vandalisme, first used by Henri Grégoire, Bishop of Blois, c.1793; see vandal + -ism. After the East Germanic tribe of the Vandals, which looted Rome in 455. -deliberately mischievous or malicious destruction or damage of property: vandalism of public buildings. ;the conduct or spirit characteristic of the Vandals. Willful or ignorant destruction of artistic or literary treasures. silhouette 1798, from Fr. silhouette, in allusion to Étienne de Silhouette (1709-67), Fr. minister of finance in 1759. Usually said to be so called because it was an inexpensive way of making a likeness of someone, a derisive reference to Silhouette's petty economies to finance the Seven Years' War, which were unpopular among the nobility. But other theories are that it refers to his brief tenure in office, or the story that he decorated his chateau with such portraits. The verb is recorded from 1876. The family name is a Frenchified form of a Basque surname; Arnaud de Silhouette, the finance minister's father, was from Biarritz in the French Basque country; the southern Basque form of the name would be Zuloeta or Zulueta, which contains the suffix -eta "abundance of" and zulo "hole" (possibly here meaning "cave"). -A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color. An outline that appears dark against a light background. quixotic "extravagantly chivalrous," 1791, from English Quixote, a visionary, after Don Quixote, romantic, impractical hero of Cervantes' satirical novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha" (1605). His name lit. means "thigh," also "a cuisse" (a piece of armor for the thigh), in Mod.Sp. quijote, from L. coxa "hip." - Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality.; Capricious; impulsive: titanic "gigantic, colossal," 1709, from titan + -ic. -Titanic Of or relating to the Titans; Having great stature or enormous strength; huge or colossal; Of enormous scope, power, or influence: paisley 1834, from Paisley, town in southwest Scotland, where the cloth was originally made. The town name is lit. "church," from M.Ir.baslec, itself from L. basilica (see basilica). - A town of southwest Scotland west of Glasgow. It has been a textile center since the early 18th century and became famous in the 19th century for its colorful patterned shawls. Population: 73,000.

loquent-. cliché. from neuter of similis. from Latin. hyperbole. tyrant (12c.). a casting." Earlier in this sense was fortuit (late 14c. -Commanding respect by virtue of age." neuter of similis "like" (see similar). -An oppressive. venerable early 15c. revere" (see veneration). from Old French." from syn "together" + krasis "mixture. tiranno). Figurative extension to "worn-out expression" is first attested 1888. feign c. lady" (surname of Venus). alliterationem (nom. accidental. from L. -A ruler who exercises power in a harsh. see elocution. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides. cruel manner." supposedly echoic of the sound of a mold striking molten metal.] -a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with `like' or `as') hyperbole early 15c. -Happening by accident or chance." Originally in English a medical term meaning "physical constitution of an individual. harsh. . tyrannus "lord. from Fr. mixture of personal characteristics. fortuitousness. eloquent. present participle of loqu . idiosynkrasia "a peculiar temperament."to" (see ad-) + littera (also litera) "letter. from L.Fr. pretend to. bolt." from idios "one's own" (see idiom) + synkrasis"temperament. idiosyncrasie. "to begin with the same letter. simile "a like thing. powerful discourse -Vividly or movingly expressive [Middle English. A person or character whose behavior is predictable or superficial alliteration 1650s. represent.195 kilometres(26 miles and 385 yards). -A trite or overused expression or idea.tyrannos "lord. stem of ballein"to throw" (see ballistics). from French. fabricate. from L. from Fr. see fortune). arbitrary person. tyrant" (cf. from L." from Mod. -An absolute ruler who governs without restrictions. of clicher "to click" (18c." related to hyperballein "to throw over or beyond.Made of a soft wool fabric with a colorful. or form of behavior peculiar to one person or group fortuitous 1650s. a messenger from the Battle (the namesake of the race) to Athens.. Formed on model ofobliteration. see similar. It. woven or printed and swirled pattern of abstract curved shapes. extravagance.[1] that is usually run as a road race. It means "accidental.. [Middle English.L. alter. the stroke of a missile." from O.. "absolute ruler. nom. from L. shirk" (12c.1600. feign-.Fr. simile late 14c. to speak out. likeness. As a title. following the course of stereotype. hyperbole "exaggeration." from forte "by chance." Mental sense first attested 1660s. eloquens). alliteratio). like." a loanword from a language of Asia Minor (probably Lydian). from venerari "to worship. change" (see fiction). from Gk. Related: Fortuitously." from hyper."beyond" + bole "a throwing. action. casual. prp. from L. venerabilis. from Gk. eloquentem (nom.. To imitate so as to deceive.. from Latin loqu ns. stem of alliterare "to begin with the same letter. noun of action from pp. thus pp. EtruscanTuran "mistress. fingere "to touch. -The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables idiosyncrasy c. fortuitus "happening by chance. eloquent late 14c. from O. undesigned" not "fortunate. Rhetorical sense is found in Aristotle and Isocrates. beam.). used in reference to ecclesiastics or those who had obtained the first degree of canonization.1300. Sp." from bol-.Characterized by persuasive. marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42. from L. cf. -To give a false appearance of. To fabricate cliche 1832. ad.] tyrant c. stem of feindre "pretend. sovereign. a technical word in printer's jargon for "stereotype. comparison. master.1300. script" (see letter). absolute ruler. imitate. or position.). character.). dignity." from L." ablative of fors "chance" (related tofortuna. handle. from O.Fr. from Gk. of eloqui "to speak out" (see eloquence). devise. etc. -a mannerism. prp. To represent falsely. tirano. -A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect . master.

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