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See also: Abecedarian
abecedarian (plural abecedarians)
He knew the rhetorical devices, from abecedarian, battologia, and contentio, all the way to zeugma.
- Someone who is learning the alphabet. [Early 17th century.]
- An elementary student, a novice; one in the early steps of learning. [Early 17th century.]
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 28, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821:
- A man may alwaies continue his studie, but not schooling. O fond-foolish for an old man to be ever an Abcedarian [transl. abecedaire].
- (archaic) Someone engaged in teaching the alphabet; an elementary teacher; one that teaches the methods and principles of learning. [Early 17th century.]
- (rhetoric) A work which uses words or lines in alphabetical order.
- 1996, Mediaevalia, volume 19, Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies of the State University of New York at Binghamton, page 133:
- This formal organization is most likely to create obscurity in such elaborate and artificial forms as: palindromes (words, phrases, or verses which read the same backward or forward), abecedarians (poems in which the initial letters of lines or stanzas are arranged to […]) […].
- 2007, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Music Collection of the National Library, →ISBN, page 590:
- Abecedarian verses are chanted stichoi/stichera verses in which the first letter of each verse follows an alphabetical order. […] The Amomos, an abecedarian, is the longest psalm in the Psalter […].
- 2008, Erich J. Goller, Groovy, page 165:
- An Abecedarian is any poem constrained by alphabetical order.
- See also Thesaurus:beginner
- (now rare) Pertaining to someone learning the alphabet or basic studies; elementary; rudimentary. [Mid 17th century.]
- Pertaining to the alphabet, or several alphabets. [Mid 17th century.]
- 1971, Brian Lumley, Rising with Surtsey:
- The professor [...] had several other translations or feats of antiquarian deciphering to his credit. Indeed, I was extremely fortunate to find him in at the museum, for he planned to fly within the week to Peru where yet another task awaited his abecedarian talents.
- Arranged in an alphabetical manner. [Mid 17th century.]
- Relating to or resembling an abecedarius.
- “abecedarian” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 3.
- ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 , →ISBN), page 2