Word of the Day -Hamartia

By April 14, 2017Word of the Day

Hamartia (noun) (literary)

ham-ah-tee-a

The fatal flaw that leads to the downfall of a character.

Has its origins in late 18th century: Greek, ‘fault, failure, guilt’; the term was used in Aristotle’s Poetics with reference to ancient Greek tragedy.

Example sentences

“It took until the last chapter but the protagonist’s hamartia was revealed.”

Word of the Day – Nomenclature

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Nomenclature (noun)

no-men-kla-chuh

The devising or choosing of names for things, especially in a science or other discipline. / The term or terms applied to someone or something.

Early 17th century: from French, from Latin nomenclatura, from nomen ‘name’ + clatura ‘calling, summoning’ (from calare ‘to call’).

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Word of the Day – Decalcomania

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Decalcomania (noun)

dee-kalk-o-may-nee-a

The process of transferring designs from prepared paper on to glass or porcelain.

Mid 19th century: from French décalcomanie, from décalquer ‘transfer a tracing’ + -manie ‘-mania’ (with reference to the enthusiasm for the process in the 1860s).

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