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diptych (plural diptychs)
- A writing tablet consisting of two leaves of rigid material connected by hinges and shutting together so as to protect the writing within.
- (art) A picture or series of pictures painted on two tablets, usually connected by hinges.
- (Christianity) A double catalogue, containing in one part the names of living, and in the other of deceased, ecclesiastics and benefactors of a church.
- (Christianity) A catalogue of saints.
- (historical, Ancient Rome) Artistically-wrought tablets distributed by consuls, etc. of the later Roman Empire to commemorate their tenure of office; hence (transferred sense) a list of magistrates.
- A novel published in two volumes forming one continuous story (as opposed to a duology or dilogy).
- A literary work consisting of two contrasting parts, such as a narrative telling the same story from two opposing points of view.
- 1942, François Closset, “Review of Bejegegning van Christus by G. Walschap”, in Books Abroad, volume 16, number 2, JSTOR 40082714, page 202:
- A very simple narrative, a diptych, a pastoral in which the author narrates the birth of Christ […] first as it has impressed the rich countryman Asveer, then as it has been seen by the skeptic Nicodemus.
- (transferred sense) Any work made up of two parts treating complementary or contrasting aspects of one general topic.
- 1954, Frank E. Egler, “Forrest Shreve and the Sonoran Desert”, in Geographical Review, volume 44, number 1, JSTOR 211791, page 138:
- “Vegetation of the Sonoran Desert” is the first volume of a diptych “Vegetation and Flora of the Sonoran Desert,” for which Ira L. Wiggins is to write the companion volume on the flora.
- (art): polyptych
writing tablet consisting of two leaves of rigid material
picture or series of pictures painted on two tablets
tablets distributed by consuls