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v. et·y·mol·o·gized, et·y·mol·o·giz·ing, et·y·mol·o·giz·es
To trace and state the etymology of.
To give or suggest the etymology of a word.
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Noun1.etymologizing - (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
diachronic linguistics, diachrony, historical linguistics - the study of linguistic change; "the synchrony and diachrony of language"
explanation, account - a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; "the explanation was very simple"; "I expected a brief account"
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His most recent and quite elegant and exhaustive biographer, the Pisan scholar Marco Santagata, in Dante: The Story of His Life (2016), writes that in the mantic etymologizing popular then, "the name Dante indicates that its holder, through his works, generously gives' (da) to others his great intellectual gifts received from God.
Venus, Varro, and the Vates: Towards the Limits of Etymologizing Interpretation.
For "an early example of speculative etymologizing as a tool for revealing the characteristics immanent in a divine personality" (i.
Tolkien had a deep personal interest in onomastics, and particularly in recovering half-remembered myth by etymologizing proper names.
113 considers it unnatural to carry the flowers in his left hand and proposes the reading synonymon, which he translates as "reverenda", etymologizing, coming from re vera, a real thing; Paul Mazon, Cited Oeuvre, Tome I, 1920, p.
5 (2008): 131-199 (perhaps especially the trilingual bit of etymologizing discussed at 139-140); and Ralph Hanna, "Performing Exegesis: Lyric and Sermon in CUL, MS Gg.
the first "Anchorman" was a treasure trove of catehphrases and memes culled from Burgundy's tongue-twisting vocal warm-ups, free-associative exclamations and etymologizing of San Diego as "German for a whale's vagina.
In addition to the self-evident purpose of etymologizing individual word-roots in the Uralic languages, there is a more general aim: it will be shown that the adherence to a strict framework of regular sound correspondences has a significant predictive value in the etymological study of all Uralic languages, and it is possible to establish previously undiscovered Uralic etymologies for word roots from every branch of Uralic.
Rather, attention is drawn to the fact that the avenues of research that *Tanz-ko represents--Europe, its major and marginalized communities--have been explored in neither academic nor popular etymologizing about tango, most plausibly, it is suggested, as a consequence of identity politics in Argentina.
There is a great deal of etymologizing with substances and word association; and what amounts to sympathetic magic.
In the first and most frequently encountered type of etymologizing, its practitioner has a message which s/he then bolsters by pointing out the sometimes true, often false, source of some of the terms used.
It is only in recent years that scholarship has come to achieve a proper appreciation of the massive importance that attaches to etymologizing in classical texts.