Some Good Words

Lately the Oxford dictionary has been a good friend. I squeeze my mouse and up it comes, and I put a word in, and I know more than I knew. These are words I teased out of a lecture this morning. I learned them on Tuesday but today they took on meaning.

I am restless tonight. That’s because I’m sitting. That’s because I’m not making a list.


cenobite |ˈsenəˌbīt| (also coenobite) noun a member of a monastic community.

cenobitic |ˌsenəˈbitik| adjective
cenobitical |ˌsenəˈbitikəl| adjective

ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French cenobite or ecclesiastical Latin coenobita, via late Latin from Greek koinobion ‘convent,’ from koinos ‘common’ + bios ‘life’


hermetic |hərˈmetik| adjective 1 (of a seal or closure) complete and airtight : a hermetic seal that ensures perfect waterproofing. • insulated or protected from outside influences : a hermetic society. 2 (also Hermetic) of or relating to an ancient occult tradition encompassing alchemy, astrology, and theosophy.• esoteric; cryptic : obscure and hermetic poems.


hermetically |hərˈmetiklē; -ik(ə)lē| adverb
hermeticism |hərˈmetiˌsizəm| noun

ORIGIN mid 17th cent. (sense 2) : from modern Latin hermeticus, from Hermes, identified with Thoth, regarded as the founder of alchemy and astrology.

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