hermetic [hɜrˈmɛtɪk] a.
1.) (With capital initial.) Pertaining to Hermes Trismegistus, and the philosophical, theosophical, and other writings ascribed to him.
2.) transf. and fig. Hence, relating to or dealing with occult science, especially alchemy; magical; alchemical. Also, unaffected by external influences, recondite. Hermetic seal, hermetic sealing: air tight closure of a vessel, especially a glass vessel, by fusion, soldering, or welding; also applied in Surgery to a method of dressing wounds. Hence hermetic for ‘hermetically sealed’.
3.) Pertaining to the god Hermes.
4.) Of or pertaining to a Herma: as hermetic column (O.E.D. 2nd Edition).
Etymology: New Latin hermeticus, alchemical, from Medieval Latin Hermes (Trismegistus).
"Bewitch hermetic men to run
Stark staring mad with manicon;
Believe mechanic virtuosi
Can raise 'em mountains in Potosi;
And sillier than the antic fools,
Take treasure for a heap of coals;
Seek out for plants with signatures,
To quack of universal cures."
(Hudibras, Samuel Butler, 1684)
Hi readers, the winner of this week's "Climbing the Mountain" challenge is Intraman, of Daily Korean Stuff fame. His entry looked like:
"His prose tried to conceal his attempts at reifying women behind abstruse words and odd tropes. This, however, fooled no one and the scintillation of his latent misogyny could easily be perceived behind the veil of his convoluted logorrhea. That he dared entitle his essay "In Defense of Women" was truly the apotheosis of bad faith."
Well done Intraman. My only criticism would be that "reify" is not the same as "objectify", which is what I think you meant: women are already all-too-real, so it's impossible to reify them! So, Intraman actually gets two points because I accidentally deleted his entry and he had to redo it (see the new scoreboard on the right). The first person to five points gets a free book.
This week's words are "germane", "finical", "effete", "desuetude", "obloquy", "largess", and "nous". You only have to use 5 out of those 7. So, good luck and, as always, thanks for reading!