Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



syntopic(on) +‎ -al


syntopical (not comparable)

  1. Referring to a type of analysis in which different works are compared and contrasted.
    After finishing his syntopical reading of the leaders' speeches, he wrote an essay comparing the language used by Reagan, Carter, Gorbachev, and Qaddafi.
    • 1972, Mortimer J. Adler; Charles Van Doren, chapter 3, in How to Read a Book, Touchstone September 2014 edition, New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, OCLC 315673274, pages 28, 29:
      A good college, if it does nothing else, ought to produce competent syntopical readers. A college degree ought to represent general competence in reading such that a graduate could read any kind of material for general readers and be able to undertake independent research on almost any subject (for that is what syntopical reading, among other things, enables you to do).
    • 1997: Dhun H. Sethna, Investing Smart
      (...) and it is their words and wisdom, accumulated over long periods of syntopical reading, that make up this text.

See also[edit]