Temet Nosce

Piecing together the puzzle of mythology and the human condition

apotheosis

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

a·poth·e·o·sis /ə-ˌpä-thē-ˈō-səs/ (plural a·poth·e·o·ses /ə-ˌpä-thē-ˈō-sēz/) Origin: Late Latin from Greek apotheōsis, from apotheoun “to deify,” from apo- + theos (“of” + “god”). First known use, 1580. noun The elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god; deification. The ideal example; epitome; quintessence: This poem is the apotheosis of lyric expression. Glorification of a person or thing. The best or greatest time or event: The apotheosis of De Niro’s career. For […]

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ego

Posted on May 6th, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

e·go \ˈē-(ˌ)gō\ Origin: New Latin, from Latin, I. First known use, 1789. noun The opinion that you have about yourself, especially as contrasted with another person or the world. A part of the mind that senses and adapts to the real world. In Jungian psychology, one of three aspects of consciousness which comprise the Self, situated as the […]

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exemplar

Posted on August 3rd, 2013 by Thomas Ryan

ex·em·plar \ig-ˈzem-ˌplär\ Origin: Middle English exemplere, from Late Latin exemplarium “of copies,” from Latin exemplum “example.” First known use, 15th Century. noun One that is worthy of imitation; a model. One that is typical or representative; an example. An ideal that serves as a pattern; an archetype. A copy, as of a book. Also see the literary genre, […]

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initiate

Posted on August 3rd, 2013 by Thomas Ryan

in·i·ti·ate \i-ˈni-sh(ē-)ət\ Origin: Late Latin initiatus, past participle of initiare, from Latin, “to induct,” from initium “beginning.” First known use, 1533. transitive verb: in·i·ti·at·ed, in·i·ti·at·ing, in·i·ti·ates To set going by taking the first step; begin: initiated trade with developing nations. To introduce to a new field, interest, skill, or activity. To admit into membership, as with ceremonies or ritual. […]

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midrash

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

mid·rash \ˈmi-ˌdräsh\ (plural mid·rash·im) Origin: Hebrew midhrāsh “exposition” or “explanation.” First known use, 1613. n. An early Jewish interpretation of or commentary on a Biblical text, clarifying or expounding a point of law or developing or illustrating a moral principle. When capitalized, a collection of such interpretations or commentaries, especially those written in the first ten […]

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