95 definitions by Mikhail Epstein

a fusion of languages in a literary work.
James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake" is a perfect example of tonguefusion.
by Mikhail Epstein March 30, 2008
verb or noun (woman + manoeuvre) - to act in a female manner, to use feminine tactics for achieving one's goals.
Womanoeuvre is a strategy to convert your weaknesses into advantages.

He tried to outmanoeuvre her but was helpless against womanoeuvring.


by Mikhail Epstein April 15, 2009
the dictatorship of doctors; the system of medical coercion that includes the mandatory methods of treatment enforced by hospitals and insurance companies. A patient has no choice. Medical totalitarianism.
They oblige me to follow this course of treatment because it is most profitable for the clinic. Doctatorship is no less dangerous for the society than political dictatorship is. We live under the regime of medical fascism.
by Mikhail Epstein March 30, 2008
chronocide n (Gr. khronos, time + Lat. cidum, from caedere, to slay; cf. genocide, homicide, parricide) - the murder of time, the violent interruption of historical succession and continuity.


Any revolution is a form of chronocide: the past and present are sacrificed to the future. Any counterrevolution is also a chronocide: the present and the future are sacrificed to the past.

Communism is a chronocide: it destroys the tradition in its leap to the ungrounded future.

Fascism is a chronocide: it brings the society under the spell of the archaic past.
by Mikhail Epstein November 09, 2003
chronomaniac n (Gr. khronos, time + Gr. mania, obsession, madness; cf. nymphomaniac) - a person obsessed with time and speed; one who attempts to live faster and to control time expenditure up to the smallest units.


He is a chronomaniac. He looks at his watch every minute.
by Mikhail Epstein November 09, 2003
cerebrity n (Lat. cerebrum, brain; cf. celebrity) Ð a brainy, cerebral person who is emotionally dry, detached and restrained; a famous, well-publicized intellectual.
I try to avoid meetings with such cerebrities. All they have to say is in their books.
by Mikhail Epstein December 31, 2003
amort n. (Lat. amor, love + Lat. mort, death)

the double instinct of love and death; the ambivalent combination of Eros and Thanatos or the transformation of one into another; a cruel and (self)destructive passion that leads to the ruin of the loved or the lover.
Amort is the most common theme of European literature, from Tristan and Isolde to The Ballad of Reading Gaol:

And all men kill the thing they love,
By all let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!
by Mikhail Epstein November 15, 2003

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