from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The property or status of being inimitable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being inimitable; inimitableness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being inimitable.
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By the end of the tenth century the influence of the Mu'tazili school had waned, for complicated political reasons, and the official doctrine had become that of i'jaz, or the "inimitability" of the Koran.
Others hide behind a smokescreen of unreadable inimitability -- Marilynne Robinson, for example -- to maintain a necessary barrier between the masses and the overlords.
Yet whether we practice in one of these traditions or find our unique path through the labyrinth of life, we each walk the path differently, in a way that only the inimitability of each of our beings can do -- our "unique self."
Others hide behind a smokescreen of unreadable inimitability--Marilynne Robinson, for example--to maintain a necessary barrier between the masses and the overlords.
The idea is not that any one of these things individually makes for the unique inimitability of the work, but that it is the whole.
I've thought for some time now that undergraduate philosophy of religion courses should spend some time discussing the inimitability of the Quran.
These are tools, in other words, for exploring our individual minds, with all their quirkiness and inimitability.
I come from a tradition in which The Visionary Company and The Anxiety of Influence are simply true, in which the potency of the poets is so deeply intimidating that it does encourage what Plato would stigmatize as bad mimeticism in which one attempts to perform the inimitability of the poetry itself as an attempt to communicate its informing power.
The adoption of the doctrine of inimitability was a major turning point in Islamic history, and from the tenth century to this day the mainstream Muslim understanding of the Koran as the literal and uncreated Word of God has remained constant.
This is the doctrine of inimitability (no copy can be made), or "i'jaz."