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ignotum per ignotius

/ɪɡˈnəʊtʊm pər ɪɡˈnəʊtɪʊs/
an explanation that is obscurer than the thing to be explained
Word Origin
literally: the unknown by means of the more unknown
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  • To adduce Greek in explanation of English pitch would be a clear case of ignotum per ignotius.

  • To explain market ratios by utility-curves is a case of ignotum per ignotius, so far as practical application is concerned.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • And my easy method with spiritual dilemmas proved to be but a case of ignotum per ignotius.

    Erewhon Revisited Samuel Butler

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