cimmerianism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

cimmerian +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

cimmerianism (uncountable)

  1. (figuratively) mental darkness; ignorance.
    • 1824, Blackwood's magazine, Volume 16, Letters of Timothy Tickler, Esp. No. XVIII.
      It is sufficient to have given all who understand anything about such matters, a glimpse of the awful cimmerianism of the philologer and classical critic of the Edinburgh Review.
    • 1855, William Maginn, Miscellaneous Writings of the Late Dr. Maginn, Volume 2, The Odoherty papers
      I earnestly recommend to those who are sensible of their own culpable deficiencies in these branches of information, or rather indeed I should say, of common education, to remain no longer in their present Cimmerianism.