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Such is the depth and richness of the text, highlighting the diversity and intensity of the English language, that I have had to look no further than the seventeen pages of the first chapter for my words this week.
There were several additional words that I could make a reasonable stab at working out the meaning of, but the four selected words below definitely needed looking up for me to get them into the correct context.
My chosen book this week is:– ‘The Children Of Men’ by P.D. James
1. ACCIDIE – “.. But I shall continue, one small additional defence against personal accidie..”
Accidie – (also accidie or accedie, from Latin acedĭa, and this from Greek ἀκηδία, negligence) describes a state of listlessness or torpor, of not caring or not being concerned with one’s position or condition in the world. It can lead to a state of being unable to perform one’s duties in life. Its spiritual overtones make it related to but distinct from depression. Acedia was originally noted as a problem among monks and other ascetics who maintained a solitary life
2. APOSTASY – “..but in the knowledge that despite our apostasy, this deity, our creature and our slave, would still provide for us ..”
Apostasy – Abandonment of one’s religious faith, a political party, one’s principles, or a cause.
3. EFFULGENCE – ” I can still find pleasure, more intellectual than sensual, in the effulgence of an Oxford spring ..”
Effulgence – A brilliant radiance.
4. SUZERAINTY – “The four males stood behind them, legs firmly apart, arms folded, gazing not at them but over their heads, seeming to assert an arrogant suzerainty over the whole quad.”
Suzerainty –The power or domain of a suzerain.
Suzerain –1. A nation that controls another nation in international affairs but allows it domestic sovereignty.