American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to etymology or based on the principles of etymology.
- adj. not comparable Of or relating to etymology.
- adj. comparable, of a word Consistent with its etymological characteristics (in historical usage and/or the source language).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to etymology, or the derivation of words.
- adj. based on or belonging to etymology
- etymology + -ical (Wiktionary)
“The word chowder has its etymological roots in the Latin word caldaria, meaning a place to warm things and later a cooking pot.”
“Incidentally, Tennyson’s “samite” (inMorte d’Arthur, as worn by the disembodied arm that belongs to the Lady of the Lake) was a brilliantly contrived exercise in etymological archaeology, and strictly speakingmeant (via the Latin samitum and, in turn, the Greek hexamiton) a six-ply silk brocade incorporating gold and silver threads, much in vogue during the Middle Ages, but let us not be deflected.”
“Ne + cedere is the root = “not” + “withdraw” — in other words the etymological premise of the idea in the word is a PRESUMPTION of deference or cession of power, which cession or deference is foregone or abandoned ONLY in the “necessary” case and then only to the degree “proper” or “belonging to” the isolated occasion or circumstance giving rise to the necessity that overcomes the presumption.”
“One of the things I've found irritating about Japanese kokugo-jiten is the absence of the kind of etymological information we take for granted in most of our English dictionaries.”
“I wouldn’t blame you; this is a commonly-held belief known as the etymological fallacy.”
“Martin accuses the English translators of interpreting such words in their "etymological" sense, and consulting profane writers, Homer,”
“It has divided Ruthenian writers into two great camps: the "etymological", which retains the old system of spelling, and the "phonetic", which advocates the new system.”
“I cannot crawl into the minds of the youngest generation of psychologists to learn whether exceptional still carries what I must regard, personally, to be the unconscionable semantic distortion, both denotative and connotative, introduced a generation ago using "etymological" grounds for justification.”
“He finds it a mark of prejudice on the part of those opponents of change who use "etymological" arguments, and he maintains that all English etymologists favor improved orthography.”
“T-SHIRT 1. But see the etymological note about “screw, n.1,” OED.”
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