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Jan 8, 2015
This week’s theme
Words relating to books

This week’s words
bildungsroman
longueur
peripeteia
locus classicus
litterateur

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locus classicus

PRONUNCIATION:
(LO-kuhs KLAS-i-kuhs)

MEANING:
noun: An authoritative and often quoted passage from a book.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin locus (place) + classicus (classical, belonging to the first or highest class). Earliest documented use: 1853.

USAGE:
“Controversy still rages over what is perhaps the locus classicus of such accounts, given by T.E. Lawrence.”
Joan Smith: The Ancient Fears Stirred by Women at War; The Independent (London, UK); Apr 2, 2007.

See more usage examples of locus classicus in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
'Respect for religion' has become a code phrase meaning 'fear of religion'. Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect. -Salman Rushdie, writer (b. 1947)

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