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May 24, 2018
This week’s theme
Eponyms coined after authors

This week’s words
hobbesian
marivaudage
marinism
cervantic
lovecraftian

cervantic
Miguel de Cervantes
Art supposedly by Juan de Jáuregui

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Cervantic

PRONUNCIATION:
(suhr-VAN-tik)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to Miguel de Cervantes, especially his satirizing of the chivalric romances.

ETYMOLOGY:
After the Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), best known for Don Quixote. Earliest documented use: 1760. Many of Cervantes’s characters have also become eponyms.

USAGE:
“The novel’s strong vein of comic dissent is summed up in the figure of Yorick, Shakespearean joker and memento mori, whose Cervantic tilting at windmills has a serious edge.”
Carol Watts; Rereadings; The Guardian (London, UK); Aug 23, 2003.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is the people who scream the loudest about America and Freedom who seem to be the most intolerant for a differing point of view. -Rosanne Cash, singer-songwriter and author (b. 24 May 1955)

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