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  • n. A piece of work that is supplementary to or a byproduct of a larger work.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See parergy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A work executed incidentally; a work subordinate or subsidiary to another: as, Ayliffe's “Parergon”.


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  • Literature was for him no parergon, no mere way of escape from politics.

    Imperfect Critics

  • If we stop short of denying to Seneca the possession of any dramatic talent, it is at any rate hard to resist the conviction that he treated the plays as a _parergon_, spending little thought or care on their _ensemble_, though at times working up a scene or scenes with an elaboration and skill as unmistakable as it is often misdirected.

    Post-Augustan Poetry From Seneca to Juvenal

  • Concerned above all else that their names should appear in the Book of Life, the brothers were to consider the making of gold as unimportant-although for the true philosophers (Occultists) this was an easy matter and a parergon.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • But since tradition offered to them a conception of a supernaturally renewed Empire, which they did not renounce the hope of realising on earth, they conceived an almost invincible mistrust of the ‘parergon,’ which the Roman Bishop held out and for which he strove.

    Monasticism: Its Ideals and History and The Confessions of St. Augustine

  • In old days -- in Captain Cai's young days -- it ran up for half a mile or more to an embanked mill-pool and a mill-wheel lazily turning: and Rilla Farm had in those days been Rilla Mill, with a farmstead attached as the miller's _parergon_.

    Hocken and Hunken

  • Beside these collections, which were in their origin and inception chiefly musical, and literary, as it were, only by parergon, there are successors of the earlier Miscellanies in which, as in _England's Helicon_ and the celebrated _Passionate Pilgrim_, there is some of the most exquisite of our verse.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • I prefer Italy to England, but as by way of parergon, or by-work, as every man should have both his profession and his hobby.

    Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino

  • But that was a mere parergon; to secure Richard Mutimer was the great end steadily held in view.


  • This opinion seems the less improbable, as the person to whom Chettle is most apologetic excels in a quality or profession, which is contrasted with, and is not identical with, "his facetious grace in writing" -- a parergon, or "bye-work," in his case.

    Shakespeare, Bacon, and the Great Unknown

  • It was intended to be merely a _parergon_ -- a "second subject," upon which daylight energies might be spent, while the hours of night were reserved for cataloguing those stars that "are bereft of the baths of ocean."

    A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century Fourth Edition


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  • Officials who use inside dope

    May slither the slippery slope:

    Abuse and perversion

    Or simply parergon

    To help a poor senator cope?

    September 3, 2017

  • A second job or an additional source of money from extra work.

    May 14, 2008