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Words About Books: conspectus

conspectus (kuhn-SPEK-tuhs) noun

A general survey, synopsis, outline, or digest of something.

[From Latin conspectus, past participle of conspicere, from con- (complete)
+ spicere (to look). Ultimately from Indo-European root spek- (to observe)
which is also the ancestor of such words as suspect, spectrum, bishop
(literally, overseer), espionage, despise, telescope, spectator, and

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  1. Saturday, 29 April 2006 at 1:41 pm

    ummm…can you use it in a sentence?

  2. Saturday, 29 April 2006 at 9:51 pm

    How about:

    This blog gives a conspectus of my reading habits.


  3. Sunday, 30 April 2006 at 11:15 am

    The conspectus bloger was perplexed at the use of the English language.

  4. Monday, 1 May 2006 at 3:30 pm

    I do doubt I could use it in a sentence in a live conversation. Perhaps that will be my challenge for the week…

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