Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"Descent Into Hell" words defined

Just finished reading this book again. So interesting what he finds to pack into 222 pages. So much symbolism and message. Here's a few infrequently used words I found interesting as well and a few quotes.

Bathos: a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; anticlimax. (The bathos into Inferno)
Macabre: 1. gruesome and horrifying; ghastly; horrible.
of, pertaining to, dealing with, or representing death, esp. its grimmer or uglier aspect.
of or suggestive of the allegorical dance of death.

chary: shy, choosy, cautious
ferly: something unusual, strange, or causing wonder or terror

Stridency: making or having a harsh sound, grating; having a shrill, irritating quality or character

higgledy-piggledy: adv or adj. confused jumbled; helter-skelter

Nadir: 1.Astronomy . the point on the celestial sphere directly beneath a given position or observer
and diametrically opposite the zenith.
Astrology . the point of a horoscope opposite the midheaven:the cusp of the fourth house
the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair.

aureole: a radiance surrounding the head or the whole figure in the representation of a sacred personage.
percipient: discerning, discriminating; a person or thing that percieves
contretemps: an inopportune occurrence; an embarrassing mischance
tangential: tending to digress or to reply to questions obliquely
acrimonious: caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc

pulchritudinous: beautiful
nostrums: a medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims and with no demonstrable value; quack medicine.

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