Feature Word: Oxymoron

Definition:

A seeming contradiction.

Description:

2 Greek derivatives:
‘Oxy’ which means ‘sharp’ ‘Moros’ which means ‘dull’ which are opposites.

It referrs to terms like ‘act natural’ ‘false truth’ ‘athletic scholarship’ etc.

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Words At Play - O.V. Michaelsen

Bite the Dust

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Definition:

To die or suffer a severe setback.

Description:

Homer Iliad: ‘May his fellow warriors fall round him to the earth and bite the dust.’

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Charisma

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Definition:

a personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others

Description:

Charisma is a religous term originating in ancient Greece. It means ‘of the gods’, ‘of the spirit’. According to the ancient Greeks, a person with charisma had ‘the spirit of the gods’ flowing through them and this was what gave them that special, magical, charismatic quality.

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