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the unique essence or inner nature of a person, place, thing, or event, especially depicted in poetry or a work of art.
It is likely that the English poet and Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89) coined the noun inscape. The obsolete noun inshape (i.e., internal form or inward shape) was a probable model. Hopkins also coined sprung rhythm and instress (i.e., the force sustaining an inscape). Inscape entered English in 1868.
Spanish chestnuts: their inscape here bold, jutty, somewhat oaklike, attractive, the branching visible and the leaved peaks spotted so as to make crests of eyes.
What we wanted to do was to marry the meaning with the “inscape” of the poem.
Scot. a trick or prank.
Shavie is a rare word used in Scottish poetry, first appearing in English in the 18th century and current for just a little more than a century after that.
But urchin Cupid shot a shaft / That play’d a dame a shavie …
‘Twas then that Love played him a shavie, / And strak his dart in donsie Davie.
Informal. a. proper; legitimate. b. genuine; authentic.
Kosher is one of the most common words of Yiddish origin in American English. Yiddish kosher comes from Hebrew kosher (Ashkenazi pronunciation), from Hebrew kāshēr “right, fit, proper.” Kosher as an adjective “pertaining to foods prepared according to Jewish dietary law” dates from the mid-19th century; the sense “proper, legitimate” dates from the late 19th century. Kosher as a noun “kosher food, kosher store” dates from the late 19th century.
This is kosher. I’m an officer of the court requesting assistance from a citizen.
Forsyth knew that was all a cover story. He knew the whole setup wasn’t kosher.
a tomb, grave, or burial place.
Sepulcher comes via French from Latin sepulcrum “grave, tomb,” a derivative of the verb sepelīre “to perform the funeral rites, bury, inter.” The Latin verb comes from the Proto-Indo-European root sep- “to honor,” extended to sep-el- “sorrow, care, awe.” The same root appears in Sanskrit sapati “(he) worships, tends.” The Greek derivative of sep- is the root hep-, which usually occurs in compound verbs, e.g., amphiépein “to look after, tend to,” as in the last line of the Iliad, “Thus they tended to (amphíepon) the funeral of horse-taming Hector.” Sepulcher entered English in the 13th century.
The stale suffocating room felt like a sepulcher …
A clattering-rattling sound. A bony sound. Like the skeletons of long-dead men clawing their way out of a sepulcher.
British. the use or overuse of period-specific or archaic expressions, as in a historical novel.
Gadzookery was first recorded in 1950–1955.
The language is convincing, and free of the gadzookery of Elizabethan pastiche.
Several other stories and verses that they jointly contributed to magazines are historical and melodramatic in tone, larded with archaic oaths and exclamations and general gadzookery.
a person who shapes his or her conduct to conform to the opinions of the time or of persons in power, especially for selfish ends.
Timeserver was first recorded in 1565–75.
He was labeled unreliable. He could even be thought a double-dealer or timeserver.
“I couldn’t marry Belinda to a time-server or a palace-worshipper,” said the King decidedly.
The English noun kismet “fate” comes straight from Turkish kismet, which in turn comes from Persian qismat, from Arabic qisma, qismat- “lot,” from qasama “(he) divided,” from the (West) Semitic root qsm- “to divide, allot.” Long before the arrival of Islam, Persian was used as an imperial administrative and literary language, contributing to the vocabulary of neighboring languages, especially the Turkic languages of Anatolia, central Asia, and some Indo-Aryan languages of the Indian subcontinent, especially Urdu. These languages received terms relating to Islam indirectly via Persian rather than directly from Arabic. Kismet entered English in the 19th century.
In the way that a randomly shuffled song on your headphones can feel like thrilling kismet, suddenly, this semi-animate speaker seemed to belong in my home.
It was kismet that it happened with you, and today!