Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The warmness of the sun in winter.

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  • noun obsolete The warmth of the Sun in winter.

Etymologies

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From the Latin aprīcitās, noun of quality from aprīcus ("warmed by the sun").

Examples

  • Thanks to the magic of the Oxford English Dictionary and people who write about dictionaries I know that I am experiencing apricity this morning.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • Thanks to the magic of the Oxford English Dictionary and people who write about dictionaries I know that I am experiencing apricity this morning.

    Unbepissed In Apricity

  • He has returned from his adventure in the far reaches of the English language with a rich harvest of obscure and forgotten words to share: indispensable gems such as "deipnophobia" (fear of dinner parties) or "apricity" (the warmth of the sun in winter).

    Unexplained Mysteries

Comments

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  • The warmth felt by winter sun

    October 8, 2008

  • the warmth of the sun during winter

    March 21, 2011

  • I'm glad the sun feels warmth--maybe it should try to concentrate on that feeling the next time it's tempted to flare up at us.

    March 22, 2011

  • what does that mean?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    December 19, 2011

  • 'early blooming warmth' as in apricot blossoms.

    December 20, 2011

  • Thanks, fbharjo. You reminded me that in the city of Geneva, Switzerland, there's an official chestnut tree that is known as the herald of the spring.

    December 20, 2011

  • The fact that all of the examples, and even the Tweets®, merely cite this word and do not use it make me wonder if it is in fact a word that people say (or more likely, write). This seems more like a museum piece than an "actual word".

    December 21, 2011

  • Sounds like it was in that book by that guy who read the entire OED.

    Here. This might help:

    http://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_words/2008/12/word-of-the-week-apricity.html

    December 22, 2011

  • Thanks, ru! But Nancy's citation there simply confirms my point. Ammon Shea (the guy who read the OED), writes about the word: "The OED does not give any citation for its use except for Henry Cockeram's 1623 English Dictionarie." This is a white elephant of a word, a verbal knick-knack: it sits on the shelf and people say, "Oh, how pretty!" but nobody really knows what to do with it except display it as a pretty word. And when you do try to use it (right now, a certain @impropaganda has Tweeted®, "Hope the weather holds for some beautiful southern apricity!") you end up sounding precious, arch, or pompous.

    December 22, 2011

  • Looks like there are two choices, then. Either it gets the wordie treatment, or you create a new list with more precious, arch, or pompous words for our enjoyment. :-)

    December 22, 2011