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From myopia +‎ -ic.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /maɪˈɒpɪk/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /maɪˈoʊpɪk/, /maɪˈɑpɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɒpɪk
  • Hyphenation: my‧op‧ic


myopic (comparative more myopic, superlative most myopic)

  1. near-sighted; unable to see distant objects unaided
    • 2005, Zadie Smith, On Beauty, Penguin Books (2006), page 13:
      She yanked the paper from her motherʼs hands, bringing it very close to her myopic eyes.
    Corrective lenses compensate for the excessive positive diopters of the myopic eye.
    A stronger prescription for myopic night drivers is often needed.
  2. shortsighted; improvident
    • 2021 February 9, Christina Newland, “Is Tom Hanks part of a dying breed of genuine movie stars?”, in BBC[1]:
      His postwar roles, full of myopic obsession, stalkerish derangement, and a desire for vengeance, don't seem like ground Hanks is willing to cover.
  3. narrow-minded
    So it is no wonder that some of the remarkable discoveries of the scientific method (...) can draw most of us well outside our myopic comfort zone.



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myopic (plural myopics)

  1. A short-sighted individual.
    • 2008 March 23, Polly Morrice, “Descended From Salinger”, in New York Times[2]:
      The offbeat little girls of “Playdate,” whose mothers stumble through parenthood, are not the first characters to feel like cultural descendants of Salinger’s children, those savants, myopics, guileless nose pickers and practicing belchers who seem to glow on the page, highlighting the shallowness of the adults.

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