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Monday, April 06, 2009

aegis

\EE-jis\ , noun;
1.
Protection; support.
2.
Sponsorship; patronage.
3.
Guidance, direction, or control.
4.
A shield or protective armor; -- applied in mythology to the shield of Zeus.
Quotes:
It is this ideal of the human under the aegis of something higher which seems to me to provide the strongest counterpressure against the fragmentation and barbarization of our world.
-- Ted J. Smith III (Editor), In Defense of Tradition: Collected Shorter Writings of Richard M. Weaver, 1929-1963
A third round of talks is scheduled to begin on May 23rd in New York under the aegis of the United Nations.
-- "Denktash declared head after rival withdraws", Irish Times, April 21, 2000
In real life, Lang's father was commercially astute and fantastically hardworking, and under his aegis the construction business flourished.
-- Patrick McGilligan, Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast
Origin:
Aegis derives from the Greek aigis, the shield of Zeus, from aix, aig-, "a goat," many primitive shields being goatskin-covered.
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