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[greyn-juh-rahyz] /ˈgreɪn dʒəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), grangerized, grangerizing.
to augment the illustrative content of (a book) by inserting additional prints, drawings, engravings, etc., not included in the original volume.
to mutilate (books) in order to get illustrative material for such a purpose.
Also, especially British, grangerise.
Origin of grangerize
1880-85; after James Granger (1723-1776), English clergyman whose Biographical History of England (1769) was arranged for such illustration; see -ize
Related forms
grangerism, noun
grangerization, noun
grangerizer, noun Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to illustrate (a book) by inserting prints, drawings, etc, taken from other works
to raid (books) to acquire material for illustrating another book
Derived Forms
grangerism, noun
grangerization, grangerisation, noun
grangerizer, grangeriser, noun
Word Origin
C19: named after Joseph Granger, 18th-century English writer, whose Biographical History of England (1769) included blank pages for illustrations to be supplied by the reader
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