goniolatry

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From gonio- +‎ -latry < Ancient Greek γωνια (gonia, angle).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡəʊnɪˈɒlətɹi/

Noun[edit]

goniolatry (uncountable)

  1. (nonce word used only by Pynchon) The worship of angles.
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
      He had turn’d the same covetous Angles as the Welshman,– tho’ perhaps never as many, for Shelby seem’d seiz’d with Goniolatry, or the Worship of Angles, defining tracts of virgin Land by as many of these exhilarating Instrumental Sweeps, as possible.

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