Help For The Elegance of the Hedgehog — Camellias Section

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totem: a natural object or an animate being, as an animal or bird, assumed as the emblem of a clan, family, or group

Balzac: French novelist

Flaubert: French novelist

Etruscan: pertaining to Etruria, its inhabitants, civilization, art, or language

autodidacts:  a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person.

rillettes: an appetizer made usually of pork or goose meat that is diced, seasoned, cooked, and then pounded or ground to the consistency of a spread

Cartesian: of or pertaining to Descartes, his mathematical methods, or his philosophy, esp. with regard to its emphasis on logical analysis and its mechanistic interpretation of physical nature.

Phenomenology: the system of Husserl and his followers stressing the description of phenomena

mise en abyme: The term is originally from the French and means, “placing into infinity” or “placing into the abyss”. The commonplace usage of this phrase is describing the visual experience of standing between two mirrors, seeing an infinite reproduction of one’s image.

qua:  as; as being; in the character or capacity of:

noematic: Of or pertaining to the understanding

ontological: the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such

pustular:  characterized by or covered with pustules.

opprobrium: the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy

antebellum: before the war

proletarian: belonging to the lowest or poorest class of the people.

purloin: to put off, remove

Roget: English physician and author of a thesaurus.

syncretism:  the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion

lexical: of or pertaining to the words or vocabulary of a language, esp. as distinguished from its grammatical and syntactical aspects

Epicurean: fond of or adapted to luxury or indulgence in sensual pleasures; having luxurious tastes or habits, esp. in eating and drinking

obsolescence: the state, process, or condition of being or becoming obsolete

aperture: an opening, as a hole, slit, crack, gap, etc

vacuousness: without contents; empty:

ephemeral: lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory

fondant: a thick, creamy sugar paste, the basis of many candies

Le Corbusier: Swiss architect in France.

mangas: a Japanese graphic novel, typically intended for adults, characterized by highly stylized art

bergamot: a small citrus tree, Citrus aurantium bergamia, having fruit with a rind that yields a fragrant essential oil

despot: any tyrant or oppressor

phantasms: an apparition or specter

conatus: an effort or striving

Exeunt: go offstage (used formerly as a stage direction

appanages: land or some other source of revenue assigned for the maintenance of a member of the family of a ruling house.

elucidate: to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain

ineffable: incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy.

ephemeral: lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood

Proust: French writer whose seven-part novel Remembrance of Things Past (1913-1927) is among the great works of modern literature

loge: any small enclosure

abnegation: to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce.

vellum: calfskin, lambskin, kidskin, etc., treated for use as a writing surface

trenchancy: incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting: trenchant wit.

ontology: the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such

pustule: any pimplelike or blisterlike swelling or elevation

hemorrhagic: a profuse discharge of blood, as from a ruptured blood vessel; bleeding

frisson: a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill: The movie offers the viewer the occasional frisson of seeing a character in mortal danger

spatiotemporal: of or pertaining to both space and time

etiologies: the study of the causes of diseases

obdurate: unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding

demiurges: a supernatural being imagined as creating or fashioning the world in subordination to the Supreme Being, and sometimes regarded as the originator of evil.

bijou:  a jewel. 






something small, delicate, and exquisitely wrought

Gulag: the system of forced-labor camps in the Soviet Union


One thought on “Help For The Elegance of the Hedgehog — Camellias Section

    LeeAnn Volk said:
    August 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Okay, so I didn’t know to many of those words but I still knew some of them! I am definately going to have to buy that book on my Kindle. It has this great little dictionary feature where you put the curser on the word and the definition pops up at the bottom! Awesome!

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