Stephen Bahl (nedu) wrote in copwsrowtel,
Stephen Bahl


That has thrown off the restraints of morality and virtue; lax in morals, loose-living; licentious, profligate, debauched.

[ad. L. dissol{umac}tus loose, disconnected, pa. pple. of dissolv{ebreve}re to loosen, disunite, DISSOLVE; cf. F. dissolu. The appearance of the senses in Eng. does not correspond with their original development in Latin.]

"Wee will yet haue more trickes with Falstaffe: his dissolute disease will scarse obey this medicine." --1598 SHAKES. Merry W. III. iii. 204


1. Of long duration, lengthy, protracted.
2. Of a person: Given to or characterized by tedious lengthiness in discourse or writing; long-winded.
3. Long in measurement or extent. Now rare.

[a. F. prolixe (14th c. in Littré) or ad. L. pr{omac}lix-us extended, long, prolix, etc., app. etymologically, ‘that has flowed forth’, f. pr{omac}-, PRO-1 + *lix-us, pa. pple. of liqu{emac}re to flow, to be liquid.]

"Think of that, Clara. Take your chance, Clemmy. Forgive my prolixity. I've done." --Buoyant Billions

"Mogigraphia" (moj-i-GRAF-ee-uh)

Writer's cramp.

[From Greek mogis (with difficulty) + graph (writing).]

"Some could barely put down their name. Eventually, they improved. Mogigraphia can be stubborn. Its cause is not always easily ascertained." --Chronicle Telegram (Elyria, Ohio); Feb 22, 1971
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic