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parergon

[pa-rur-gon] /pæˈrɜr gɒn/
noun, plural parerga
[pa-rur-guh] /pæˈrɜr gə/ (Show IPA)
1.
something that is an accessory to a main work or subject; embellishment.
2.
work undertaken in addition to one's principal work.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Greek párergon, noun use of neuter of párergos beside the main subject, subordinate, equivalent to par- par- + érg(on) work + -os adj. suffix
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  • Literature was for him no parergon, no mere way of escape from politics.
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parergon

/pəˈrɛəɡɒn/
noun (pl) -ga (-ɡə)
1.
work that is not one's main employment
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek, from para-1 + ergon work
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