Word of the week: 4/6/16–Halcyon

Word: Halcyon

You Pronounce it: [hal-see-uh n]

Definition:adjective, Also, halcyonian [hal-see-oh-nee-uh n] (Show IPA), halcyonic [hal-see-on-ik] (Show IPA)
1.calm; peaceful; tranquil:
halcyon weather.
2.rich; wealthy; prosperous:
halcyon times of peace.
3.happy; joyful; carefree:
halcyon days of youth.
4.of or relating to the halcyon or kingfisher.
noun
5.a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed about the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have the power of charming winds and waves into calmness.
6.any of various kingfishers, especially of the genus Halcyon.
7.(initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. Alcyone (def 2).

Halcyon Days:

noun
a period of peace and happiness; an idyllic time; also, a period of calm weather during the winter solstice

I found it:

While reading “Rescuing the Subject” by Susan Miller when she states:

“My chief motive in choosing this course has been to avoid the common teleological view of the history of formal rhetoric, one in which writing is a villain that progressively dismantles , and then must correct, a lost halcyon day of community and theoretical unity.” (4)

Works Cited:

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/halcyon%20?s=t

 

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