Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Words we read by ... 2

The second installment.  Again, common enough words, I simply found that I had never paid enough attention to their precise use and definition...

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  ELIDES – Join together, merge; omit
FIAT - A formal authorization or proposition; a decree; An arbitrary order.
QUAGMIRE - a difficult, precarious, or entrapping position

SYNECDOCHE - a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole, the whole for a part, the species for the genus, the genus for the species, or the name of the material for the thing made

DENOUEMENT - the final outcome of the main dramatic complication in a literary work; the outcome of a complex sequence of events

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