cavil

Pronounced: KAV-uhl, verb/noun

Notes: I’ve definitely run across this word, but had the wrong idea (probably from the context)


Yesterday’s word

The word gesamtkunstwerk is “a word of art that makes use of many different art forms”

First usage

This word came into English in the 1930s

Background / Comments

As you no doubt know, this is a German word. It tends to be associated with Richard Wagner, who used it (the German word) to describe his ideal of opera as a complete work of art; a kind of uniting of music, song, dance, visual arts, and poetry. The word is a combination of gesamt (total; whole) plus Kunst (art) plus Werk (work).

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

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