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Sunday, October 14, 2012

crasis

\KREY-sis\ , noun;
1.
Composition; constitution; makeup.
Quotes:
Here they are bathed in the waters of oblivion until they retain no memory of the scenes through which they have passed; but they still preserve their original crasis and capacity.
-- Tobias George Smollett, Adventures of an Atom
This is all that ever staggered my faith in regard to Yorick's extraction, who, by what I can remember of him, and by all the accounts I could ever get of him, seemed not to have had one single drop of Danish blood in his whole crasis
-- Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy
Origin:
Crasis is derived from the Greek word krâsis which meant "mixture, blend."
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