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Feb 26, 2007
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misology
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misology

Little strokes make a letter and those letters come together to form words. We assign meanings to the words. Often they express simple ideas: tree, rock, water, and so on. Sometimes a word describes a more complex idea.

Have you ever found yourself wondering, "Wouldn't it be nice if there were a word for it?" Well, there is a word for almost everything under the sun. This week we have dug up five words you may not have known existed.

(mi-SOL-uh-jee) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun: Hatred of logic or reason.

From Greek miso- (hate) + -logy (science, study).

"Fletcher laughed. 'Your coyness smacks of misology. Sinking back down to that dark place within yourself, the one that you tried so desperately to suffocate.'"
Chris Mooney; Deviant Ways; Atria; 2000.

See more usage examples of misology in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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