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mumpsimus

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A traditional custom or notion adhered to although shown to be unreasonable; a person who obstinately adheres to such a custom or notion. The word represents an erroneous version of Latin s...

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mumpsimus

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A traditional custom or notion adhered to although shown to be unreasonable; a person who obstinately adheres to such a custom or notion. The word represents an erroneous version of Latin s...

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Mumpsimus

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 142 words.

This word is an example of the practice of making new words by declaration. With the meaning, ‘an erroneous doctrinal

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mumpsimus

Edited by Elizabeth Knowles.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 68 words.

a traditional custom or notion adhered to although shown to be unreasonable; a person who obstinately adheres to such a

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mumpsimus <i>noun</i>

Jennifer Speake and Mark LaFlaur.

in The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

January 1999; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 124 words.

M16 pseudo-Latin (erroneously for Latin sumpsimus in the passage in the Eucharistic service that runs quod in ore sumpsimus ‘which

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Mumpsimus and Sumpsimus

Peter Marshall.

in Heretics and Believers

June 2017; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Christianity. 16536 words.

This chapter examines the Act of Six Articles, passed in 1539 by Henry VIII to enforce under heavy penalties the fundamental doctrines of the Church of England. In many respects, the Six...

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Editorial Mumpsimus in the Poems of Gerard Hopkins

R. J. C. WATT.

in The Library

December 1999; p ublished online December 1999 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Literature. 0 words.

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sumpsimus

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A correct expression taking the place of an incorrect but popular one. The word comes from Latin, and means ‘we have taken’ (see mumpsimus).

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