handsel

Mar. 4th, 2011 10:32 pm
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hand·sel

   
[han-suhl]

–noun
1. a gift or token for good luck or as an expression of good wishes, as at the beginning of the new year or when entering upon a new situation or enterprise.
2. a first installment of payment
3. the initial experience of anything; first encounter with or use of something taken as a token of what will follow; foretaste

–verb (used with object), -seled, -sel·ing or (especially British) -selled, -sel·ling

4. to give a handsel to
5. to inaugurate auspiciously
6. to use, try, or experience for the first time

also, hansel

hierophany

Dec. 25th, 2010 11:01 pm
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hierophany



-noun
A physical manifestation of the holy or sacred, serving as a spiritual eidolon for emulation or worship. (AllWords.com

Here is a more extensive definition from thefreedictionary.com, and here is an explanation from wikipedia.com.

I had trouble finding a reliable definition of this word. I'll be back with more extensive research if time permits.

hebetude

Dec. 23rd, 2010 09:22 pm
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heb·e·tude

   
[heb-i-tood, -tyood]

–noun
the state of being dull; lethargy.

hypallage

Nov. 10th, 2010 10:55 pm
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hy·pal·la·ge

   
[hi-pal-uh-jee, hahy-]

–noun
the reversal of the expected syntactic relation between two words, as in “her beauty's face” for “her face's beauty.”

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Examples:
-"the winged sound of whirling" (δίνης πτερωτὸς φθόγγος), meaning "the sound of whirling wings" (Aristophanes, Birds 1198)
-"angry crowns of kings" (iratos...regum apices) (Horace, Odes 3.21.19f.)


(examples are from Wikipedia. So I hope the references are accurate.)

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