paragnosis

Pronounced: par-uh-GNOH-sis, noun

Notes: I like this word! I’m not entirely sure under which circumstances I’d use it


Yesterday’s word

The word propaedeutic is “preparatory study or instruction”.

Background / Comments

The root for today’s word is the Greek word paideuein (to teach); this root and the “paedeu” part of todays’ word make me think of Star Wars “padawan”. The other part of today’s word is pro- (before). Although the word is normally used in scholarly circles, someone who take college “prep” courses in high school could be said to be taking propaedeutics. Also, when I attended college, some students had to take pre-English or pre-algebra classes; these were propaedeutics as well.

First usage

The word showed up in the late 1700s

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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