Re: [yellowspringshavurah] Fw: pharaonic: Dictionary.com Word of the Day
- Are you seriously asking if you’re weird?Johanna
Am i weird for having used this term in political writings since i was a teenager (usually "pharaonic oppression")? Yes, i suppose i am :)Chag sameachOn Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM, Johanna <rebiljoj@...> wrote:interesting. Never heard it used as an adjective before, but I know of some political types I wouldn’t mind using it for!Someone at Dictionary.com is definitely Jewish! :-)Hope your Passover is going well!-c----- Forwarded Message -----
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Word of the Day for Thursday, March 28, 2013pharaonic \fair-ey-ON-ik, far-\, adjective:1. (usually lowercase) impressively or overwhelmingly large, luxurious, etc.: a construction project of pharaonic proportions.
2. (sometimes lowercase) of or like a Pharaoh: living in Pharaonic splendor.
3. (lowercase) cruelly oppressive; tyrannical: pharaonic tax laws.
Next to it a picture of a gold-and-silver-threaded pharaonic tapestry with a band around it showing ducks flying and their wings like crowns, very pretty Islamic thing.
-- Joseph McElroy,Night Soul and Other Stories, 2011
At La Chacarita, the wealthy are laid to rest in huge pharaonic tombs; mausoleums are styled after famous chapels.
-- Lloyd Jones,Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance, 2008Pharaonic's root can be traced back to the Egyptian pr-ʿo, literally meaning "great house." While the noun Pharaoh entered the language though Old English, English speakers didn’t use this particular adjectival form until the late eighteenth century.
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