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Word For The Day, Thursday, December 13, 2012 cathexis
dictionaries ad nauseam | 13 December 2012 | Thursday's sub

Posted on 12/13/2012 4:44:27 AM PST by secret garden


In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".

cathexis \kuh-THEK-sis\ noun
investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea

Example sentences:
"The veil that hides Laura and her eyes, her hair, her smile (and its counterpart, the glove that veils her hand) becomes the object of Petrarch's cathexis...."
— From an essay by Margaret Brose in the 2010 book The Body in Early Modern Italy

"The plot of this French film diverges from ... most American film we are force-fed in that it deals powerfully with subject matter that counts. It treats an almost unrecognized aspect of WWII in Europe, eliciting a strong cathexis from the viewer, who learns so much that he never knew before this celluloid feast."
— From an article by Marion DS Dreyfus in American Thinker, April 8, 2012

Etymology:
You might suspect that "cathexis" derives from a word for "emotion," but in actuality the key concept is "holding." "Cathexis" comes to us by way of New Latin (Latin as used after the medieval period in scientific description or classification) from the Greek word "kathexis," meaning "holding." It can ultimately be traced back (through "katechein," meaning "to hold fast, occupy") to the Greek verb "echein," meaning "to have" or "to hold." "Cathexis" first appeared in print in 1922 in a book about Freud's psychological theories (which also established the plural as "cathexes," as is consistent with Latin), and it is still often used in scientific and specifically psychological contexts.

The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....


Review Threads:

Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate

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1 posted on 12/13/2012 4:44:28 AM PST by secret garden
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To: secret garden; Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; ...

Rise and shine!


2 posted on 12/13/2012 4:45:31 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

3 posted on 12/13/2012 4:55:06 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Having some coffee cathexis right now to help me get my cathexis going for the day so I can deal with my credit card bills cathexis later in the month.


4 posted on 12/13/2012 4:55:19 AM PST by Uncle Lonny
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To: secret garden

My Intensely Morose Cathexis over the State of My Nation is in Dire Need of some kind of catharsis.


5 posted on 12/13/2012 5:00:57 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: Uncle Lonny
A for you and welcome to WFTD!
6 posted on 12/13/2012 5:24:00 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Have you met my mystical Siamese, Doctor Strange? Every day, this cathexis another dog in the neighbourhood. Some dog owners are quite annoyed.


7 posted on 12/13/2012 5:24:20 AM PST by SAJ (What is the next tagline some overweening mod will censor?)
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To: left that other site
Good morning and A for you.
8 posted on 12/13/2012 5:25:05 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SAJ
Interesting usage. A for you.
9 posted on 12/13/2012 5:26:06 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
The illigitmate occupier of the White House has been our cathexis for the past 4 years while our attention should have been directed to those who put him there -- one of the largest coalitions in the voting public: the unchurched. My point is that our moral outrage at his actions falls upon deaf years if we are expecting them to be outraged when they do not share the same belief system.
10 posted on 12/13/2012 5:34:31 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: secret garden
"Rise and shine!"

To rise and shine.

To have and hold.

To cathexis and catharsis.

.

And then to work, all necessary morning ablutions completed.

11 posted on 12/13/2012 5:37:41 AM PST by NicknamedBob ("P" for present, "C" for coal, right, Bernard?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
A for you. Would you like more outrage this morning? The govt won't allow Congress to know anything about the survivors of Benghazi, who are still recuperating and being hidden.
12 posted on 12/13/2012 5:42:08 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: NicknamedBob

A for you. You owe, you owe, so off to work you go!


13 posted on 12/13/2012 5:43:05 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Arrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhhh! (And thanks for the ribbon.)


14 posted on 12/13/2012 5:52:03 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: secret garden
Here's a great example of why cathexis in politics is misplaced.
15 posted on 12/13/2012 6:13:11 AM PST by NeoCaveman (SMOD 2012)
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Plus, they just annoy you to no end. A+ for you.


16 posted on 12/13/2012 6:22:12 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

I do find it hilarious. Jeb said something stupid in a fit of RINOness. Sorry Charlie quoted him accurately. Now Jeb turns around and whines.

See what happens when you give aid and comfort to the enemy, Mr. Bush?


17 posted on 12/13/2012 6:38:05 AM PST by NeoCaveman (SMOD 2012)
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To: secret garden

Barack has become my cathexis
Everything that he does truly vexes
If taxes go higher
I’ll move and retire
And hope for secession in Texas


18 posted on 12/13/2012 6:48:51 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: secret garden

I suppose if I were like Ron Swanson and had married and divorced two women with the same name, and their names were “Cathy,” then they would be my Cathexes.


19 posted on 12/13/2012 7:08:20 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

A++ for you because I love Texas.


20 posted on 12/13/2012 7:14:48 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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