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A figurative expression. Greek eikasma, simile; eikazein, to make like, to depict; eikon, likeness, whence English iconoclast, image-smasher. Hence icastic, figurative. Henry More in the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY (1664) stated: The difficulty of understanding prophecies is in a manner no greater, when once a man has taken notice of the settled meaning of the peculiar icasms therein.


A petty befogged lawyer, a pettifogger; also as an adjective, pertaining to petty or verbal questions of the law. Accent on the third syllable, lee; Latin leguleius, a little dealer in law; lex, legem, law. Also leguleious: Henry More in AN EXPLANATION OF THE GRAND MYSTERY OF GODLINESS (1660) decried the leguleious cavils of some pragmatical pettifoggers.


Triviality, trifling. Latin nugax, nugacem, trivial; nugari, nugatum, to jest, play the fool, talk nonsense. The Latin word nugae, trifles, was used in the same sense in 19th century English. Hence also nugal, nugacious, trifling; more often nugatory, nugatorious, worthless; nugament, a trifle, a trifling opinion. Myles Davies in his ATHENAE BRITANNICAE (1716) scorns the quisquilian nugaments. (Cp. quisquilious.) nugator (17th century), a trifler, a worthless fellow; nugate, to act foolishly or to talk nonsense. There may be some difficulty, remarked Henry More in REMARKS ON TWO LATE INGENIOUS DISCOURSES (1676), but there is no nugality at all.


Rich; plentiful; sumptuous; splendid. Also opimous. Henry More in MYSTERY OF INIQUITY (1664) spoke rebukingly of those great and opime preferments and dignities which thy ambitious and worldly minde so longingly hankers after.
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