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A.Word.A.Day: Eidos

eidos

with Anu Garg

Eidos

PRONUNCIATION:

(EYE-dos, AY-)

plural eide (EYE-dee, AY-day)

 

MEANING:

noun: The formal sum of a culture, its intellectual character, ideas, etc.

 

ETYMOLOGY:

From Greek eidos (form, idea), ultimately from the Indo-European root weid- (to see), which is the source of words such as wise, view, supervise, wit, and eidetic. Earliest recorded use: 1936.

 

USAGE:

"Picture, if you will, honey, the eidos of repulsive: plaid upholstered chairs, with ruffled skirts, all hideously brown and yellow."

Christopher Coe; Such Times; Penguin Books; 1994.


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