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Thursday, November 18, 2010

aoristic

\ey-uh-RIS-tik\ , adjective;
1.
Indefinite; indeterminate.
2.
In grammar: A tense of the verb indicating past action without reference to whether the action involved was momentary or continuous.
Quotes:
Kall would have had none of this sense. Higgins had told him some, but his farewell father remained as aoristic as before.
-- E. M. Beekman, The Killing Jar
She caught at the nerves like certain aoristic combinations in music, like tones of astringed instrument swept by the wind, enticing, unseizable.
-- George Meredith, Beauchamp's Career
Origin:
Aoristic derives from the Greek prefix a-, "not limited," and oristos, "restricted." Horizon is a linguistic relation.
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