crasis

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κρᾶσις (krâsis, mixture).

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Noun[edit]

crasis (plural crases)

  1. (obsolete) One's constitution; the balance of humours in a person's body.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, I.iii.1.2:
      Some men have peculiar symptoms, according to their temperament and crasis, which they had from the stars and those celestial influences [...].
    • 1759, Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Penguin 2003, p. 24:
      This is all that ever stagger'd my faith in regard to Yorick’s extraction, who, by what I can remember of him, and by all the accounts I could ever get of him, seem'd not to have had one single drop of Danish blood in his whole crasis
  2. A mixture or combination.
  3. (linguistics) The contraction of a vowel or diphthong at the end of a word with a vowel or diphthong at the start of the following word.

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