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  • adj. Pertaining to pithiatism


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  • "At the moment he is enduring Jacinthe Rosen's pithiatic prattling. She brings to mind a hen at the foot of a mountain of grain."

    The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, translated by Alison Anderson, p 133 of the Europa Editions paperback

    September 28, 2012

  • "(Something) whose symptoms are due to to suggestion/hypnosis".

    Its etymology is peithein = to persuade. Word coined in 1901 by neurologist Babinski.

    February 23, 2010

  • What appears to be a related word, pythiatism, turns up in this image from 1918 of what looks like a medical journal or book on hysteria.

    February 22, 2010

  • I encountered it in the same place; it seems to mean "hysterical". Online it appears in the delightful phrase, "pithiatic rhinolalia".

    January 19, 2010

  • Page 133 (chapter "Infinitesimal") of "Elegance of the Hedgehog": "At the moment he is enduring Jacinthe Rosen's pithiatic prattling." Found the word in SOED but not MW-3. I was mostly curious to see whether anyone else has asked wordnik; in fact, I am just the second.

    September 9, 2009