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  • n. Plural form of Latinism.


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  • It may well be that Latinisms as used in the law avoided that process, essentially becoming frozen over time, because of the strongly conservative strain as to matters of form that always characterized the common law.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » PC

  • And if you doubt that it's work, you should read my first drafts, with their convoluted sentences and polysyllabic Latinisms and the weird little placeholder words that substitute for the mot juste that has somehow escaped me, but that I'll try to reach later.

    The Perils of Lucidity

  • I do not see the necessity of such Latinisms as “dilated” or

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • During one of the group's first meetings, in 1872, he explained this designation with a definition from a dictionary of Latinisms: ACOLYTE: said of one that follows another as if he were his shadow.

    'The Paris Enigma'

  • Perhaps worthy of a separate thread: The use of Latinisms or other languages –isms in an incorrect way.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Most Commonly Misspelled Phrases:

  • These allusions, unlike the throwaway Latinisms of Hogwarts 'spells, drive the plot, characters and themes of Mr. Pullman's series.

    The Anti-Potter

  • Read today, Rynne's letters seem overly detailed and often musty in their Latinisms ( "Anything but a superficial observation of the first session of Vatican Council II at this time would be temerarious," one piece began), but they influenced the thinking of many American Catholics now over fifty, and set the tone for much progressive Catholic journalism.

    In Search of a Pope

  • Latinisms, Gallicisms, Germanisms, and all isms but Anglicisms; in some places pompous, in others vulgar and low.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Buckley wrote a "book" about Latinisms in English, IIRC. GO TO, THOU ART A FOOLISH FELLOW.

  • Sometimes this is done at the expense of homely Saxon words which are the very sinews of our language; and wherever such words are sacrificed for Latinisms, the beauty and force of the whole are impaired or destroyed.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 17, March, 1859


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