vagitus


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vagitus

(væˈdʒaɪtəs)
n
1. (Medicine) a new-born baby's first cry
2. (Medicine) the crying or screaming of any baby or small child
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EVER had rhinorrhea down your columella nasi or heard vagitus just as you are about to fall asleep?
Vagitus ingens was the acoustic signal of the infantes placed in front of falsely condemned men in the Virgilian inferno:
This is the voice not as fire or light, but as what we have just heard Tatian refer to as 'disorderly matter'; the cacophony or shit-voice, which is also, in hysterical approximation, the vagitus itself, the terrifying cry of birth that is at once the voice as the rending of a presence from the maternal genitals, and the voice of the genitals as rending" (Connor, Steven, "The Ethics of the Voice," Critical Ethics: Text, Theory and Responsibility, ed.