...spiritually the Western world is in a precarious
situation -- and the danger is greater the more we blind
ourselves to the merciless truth with illusions about our
beauty of soul. The Occidental burns incense to himself,
and his own countenance is veiled from him in the smoke.
a. The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning. b. An expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning. c. A literary style employing such contrasts for humorous or rhetorical effect.
a. Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs. b. An occurrence, result, or circumstance notable for such incongruity.
~ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2006