I’m still slowly reading Silas Marner by George Elliot. Here are a few new words I found while reading this great classic:
1. benignity: “Such strange lingering echoes of the old demon-worship might perhaps even now be caught by the diligent listener among the grey-haired peasantry; for the rude mind with difficulty associates the ideas of power and benignity,
Benignity (pronounced be-nig-ni-ty) means kindness or tolerance toward others.
2. colloquies: “. . . in the period of his conversion, he had dreamed that he saw the words “calling and election sure” standing by themselves on a white page in the open Bible. Such colloquies have occupied many a pair of pale-faced weavers, whose unnurtured souls have been like young winged things, fluttering forsaken in the twilight.
Colloquies (pronounced col-lo-quy) means a conversation. It also means a gathering for discussion of theological questions. I suspect the second definition fits this sentence.
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