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crasis

[krey-sis]
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noun, plural cra·ses [krey-seez] /ˈkreɪ siz/. Archaic.
  1. composition; constitution; makeup.
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Origin of crasis

1595–1605; < Greek krâsis mixture, blend, equivalent to krā- (base of kerannýnai to mix) + -sis -sis
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Related Words for crasis

style, humor, nature, type, kind, cast, aspect, sense, tone, quality, spirit, personality, streak, set, bent, habit, attribute, frame, morale, shape

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Historical Examples of crasis

  • The due combination of these was known as crasis, and existed in health.

    Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine

    James Sands Elliott

  • Other examples of lengthening are 'bathos', 'pathos', while the long quantity is of course kept in 'colon' and 'crasis'.

  • For the Irascible passions do follow the temper of the heart, but the concupiscible distractions the crasis of the liver.

  • Nevertheless, he was led to surmise a crasis of the two sexes in persons subject to sexual inversion.

    A Problem in Modern Ethics

    John Addington Symonds


British Dictionary definitions for crasis

crasis

noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. the fusion or contraction of two adjacent vowels into oneAlso called: syneresis
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Word Origin for crasis

C17: from Greek krasis a mingling, from kerannunai to mix
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