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[pa-rur-gon] /pæˈrɜr gɒn/
noun, plural parerga
[pa-rur-guh] /pæˈrɜr gə/ (Show IPA)
something that is an accessory to a main work or subject; embellishment.
work undertaken in addition to one's principal work.
Origin of parergon
1595-1605; < Greek párergon, noun use of neuter of párergos beside the main subject, subordinate, equivalent to par- par- + érg(on) work + -os adj. suffix Unabridged
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  • Ritschl (parerga, p. 229) argues that the passages refer to cases of extraordinary public approval, not to formal contests.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
British Dictionary definitions for parerga


noun (pl) -ga (-ɡə)
work that is not one's main employment
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek, from para-1 + ergon work
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