Overview

lucus a non lucendo


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

A paradoxical or otherwise absurd derivation; something of which the qualities are the opposite of what its name suggests. Recorded in English from the early 18th century, this Latin phrase means ‘a grove (so called) from the absence of lux (light)’; that is, a grove is named from the fact of its not shining, a proposition discussed by the Roman rhetorician Quintilian (ad c. 35–c. 96) in his Institutio Oratoria.


Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.