Word Of The Day 6-5-2017

enchiridion

noun

[en-kahy-rid-ee-uh n, -ki-]


Definition

A book to be carried in the hand; a manual; a handbook.

a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location.


Examples

The plot twists were a little too convenient, and the language at times was a little unbelievable (okay she’s an academic, but does that really give her the right to use the word enchiridion to describe a parenting book?).
Bookworm

Called a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, this ‘propaedeutic enchiridion’ came with its own power pack, a voice-recognition interface, ‘smart paper’ computer pages, ‘nanoreceptors’ to measure the reader’s pulse, and a database that amounted to ‘a catalogue of the collective unconscious. ‘
Cri de Coeur

Laurentius wanted a handbook (enchiridion) that would sum up the essential Christian teaching in the briefest possible form.
Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by Albert C. Outler

But it is only fair to bear in mind that the Lay is less a poem than an enchiridion, a sort of Emersonian guide to the conduct of life rather than an exquisitely-presented summary of the thoughts of an Eastern pessimist.
The Life of Sir Richard Burton

It is an impious but comic enchiridion of almost all violence, all done, curiously, in a mannered style – he tended to draw people in extended and vaguely balletic postures – and in arch, elegant forms.
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Origin

1540s, “a handbook,” from Late Latin, from Greek enkheiridion, neuter ofenkheiridios “that which is held in the hand,” from en “in” (see en- (2)) + kheir “hand” (see chiro- ) + diminutive suffix -idion.



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