Friday, February 1, 2013

glozing



glozing [ˈgləʊzɪŋ] vbl. n.

1.) The action of glossing or commenting; exposition, interpretation. Also a gloss, a comment.
2.) The action of glossing or explaining away; extenuation, palliation.
3.) Flattery, cajolery, deceitful blandishment, specious talk or representation.

glozing [ˈgləʊzɪŋ] ppl. a.

1.) That glozes; flattering, coaxing, cajoling (Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Edition).

Etymology: from French glose, an adaptation of Medieval Latin glōsa, Latin glōssa, a word needing explanation, hence later the explanation itself, an adoption of Greek γλῶσσα, originally tongue, hence language, foreign language, a foreign or obscure word.

"...And now
Through all restraint broke loose he wings his way
Not far off Heav'n in the precincts of light
Directly towards the new created world
And Man there placed, with purpose to assay
If him by force he can destroy or worse
By some false guile pervert. And shall pervert,
For Man will hearken to his glozing lies
And easily transgress the sole command,
Sole pledge of his obedience."
(Paradise Lost, John Milton, 1667)

(Eva, die Schlange, und der Tod, Hans Baldung, ~1511)
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Can anyone guess what I'm reading at the moment?

3 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I could use a good glozing once in a while.

Bibi said...

I'm guessing you're reading a dictionary. Practically certain of it, actually. Don't even try to tell me otherwise, you read dictionaries for fun, and that's the end of it. Don't you dare ruining the image I have of you!

A Beer For The Shower said...

Clearly you're re-reading Twilight, so you can better understand Fifty Shades of Grey.

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