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Aug 25, 2017
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Miscellaneous words

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parergon
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synoptic

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synoptic

PRONUNCIATION:
(suh-NOP-tik, si-)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Relating to a summary or general view of something.
2. Covering a wide area (as weather conditions).
3. Taking a similar view (as the first three Gospels of the Bible: Matthew, Mark, and Luke).

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek synopsis (general view), from syn- (together) + opsis (view). Earliest documented use: 1764.

USAGE:
“‘Thank you for the synoptic report,’ I said hollowly.”
Frederik Pohl; Platinum Pohl; Tor Books; 2005.

“The weatherman appeared on the television screen with good news. She couldn’t hear his voice but she saw his pointer dancing on the synoptic map.”
Yael Hedaya; Housebroken; Picador; 2013.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun. -Martin Amis, novelist (b. 25 Aug 1949)

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