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deconstruction

deconstruction  

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An approach to the reading of literary and philosophical texts that casts doubt upon the possibility of finding in them a definitive meaning, and traces instead the multiplication (or ...
faction

faction  

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A portmanteau term (fact + fiction). Typically pejorative, it refers to a form of narrative based on real events but employing dramatic licence (for instance through the use of imagined ...
Jacobean

Jacobean  

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Of or relating to the reign (1603–25) of James I of England; (of furniture) in the style prevalent during the reign of James I, especially being the colour of dark oak.
neologism

neologism  

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(ni-ol-ŏ-jizm)(in psychiatry) the invention of words to which meanings are attached. It may be a symptom of a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia.
nonce

nonce  

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(of a word or expression) coined for one occasion. The word derives (in Middle English) from then anes ‘the one (purpose)’, from then (obsolete form of the) + ane ‘one’, altered by misdivision.
orature

orature  

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A portmanteau term coined by the Kenyan novelist and playwright Ngugi wa Thiong'o to denote imaginative works of the oral tradition usually referred to as ‘oral literature’. The point of the coinage ...
portmanteau word

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel or brunch. The term was coined by ...

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