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Perpendicular

Denoting the latest stage of English Gothic church architecture, prevalent from the late 14th to mid 16th centuries and characterized by broad arches, elaborate fan vaulting, and large ...

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Baldine Saint-Girons

Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Philosophy, Literature, Literary reference works
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5,508 words

...the Greek hupo [ ὑπό ‎] is related to huper [ ὑπέϱ ‎]. Limis (or limus ) is an adjective characterizing an indirect and secretive manner of looking at something (as describes Athena, who is cross-eyed), or else a complex movement of elevation that is, in any event, not perpendicular to the ground. Limen is the noun favored by Sextus Pompeius Festus in the second century CE to explain the etymology of “sublime”: the latter “comes from the upper threshold, because it is above us” ( Festus Grammaticus [ De verborum significatu ], book 17, s.v.). Although...

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